President Obama is setting up National Networks for Manufacturing Institutes and UCSB is the West Coast hub for the American Institute on Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics). This Institute is focused on developing an end-to-end integrated photonics ecosystem in the U.S., including domestic foundry access, integrated design tools, automated packaging, assembly and test, and workforce development. The Institute will develop and demonstrate innovative manufacturing technologies for: 1) Ultra-high-speed transmission of signals for the internet and telecommunications; 2) New high-performance information processing systems and computing; 3) Other military applications including analog RF communications, and chemical/biological detection. All of these developments will require cross-cutting disciplines of design, manufacturing, packaging, reliability and testing. The Institute brings government, industry and academia together with the goals of organizing the current fragmented domestic capabilities in itegrated photonic technology and better positioning the U.S. relative to global competition.
John E. Bowers holds the Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology, and is the Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a Professor in the Departments of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSB. He is a cofounder of Aurrion, Aerius Photonics and Calient Networks. Dr. Bowers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the IEEE, OSA and the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the OSA Tyndal Award, the OSA Holonyak Prize, and the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award.