Young Innvator in Communications Technology
Srabonti Narmeen Ali
Aref Chowdhury (Rubel) three years as a researcher at Bell
Labs was not just another job, it was a life-altering experience
through which he earned acclamation throughout the scientific
world. On September 20, 2004, MIT's magazine, Technology Review
named Chowdhury one of the top 100 young innovators of the
world. Innovators under thirty-five were nominated for their
help in transforming the nature of technology and business
in industries such as biotechnology, computing and nanotechnology.
was chosen by a panel of judges who include senior executives
from institutions such as Cambridge University, Cornell University,
Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, Harvard Medical School,
IBM, Microsoft, MIT, North-western University, Singapore Institute
of Bioengineering and Nanotech-nology, Georgia Tech, Wharton
along with his 99 other counterparts will be honoured on September
29-30 at Technology Review's Emerging Technologies conference
in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States, in which
discussions on the technological innovations that have the
potential to fuel new economic growth and change the future
will take place.
has a bachelor's degree in Engineering, with Honours in Electrical
Engineering and Applied Mathematics and Statistics from the
State University of New York, Stonybrook, and a Ph.D in Electrical
Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While
he was there Technology Review recognised Chowdhury's work
on nonlinear photonic crystals, where he designed and fabricated
nonlinear photonic crystals that could be used to switch date
between individual wavelengths of light when routing information
is the Research and Development division of Lucent Technologies,
which designs and delivers the systems, services and software
that drive next-generation communications networks. It has
played a pivotal role in inventing and perfecting key communications
technologies, including transistors, digital networking and
signal processing, lasers and fiber-optic communications systems,
communications satellites, cellular telephony, electronic
switching of calls, touch-tone dialing and modems.
field is nonlinear optics and biochemical detection research.
His work in nonlinear optics, a field critical to improving
long-haul optical transport networks, focuses on minimising
distortions due to nonlinear effects in optical signals. Using
a technique called optical phase conjugation, Chowdhury and
his colleagues are able to correct errors in optical communications
by reversing the distortions that occur every time, as signals
speed through the network. The world has the potential to
increase the efficiency and reliability of optical communications.
"Pulses of light interact with each other in two ways
in an optical network either within the same channel, with
other pulses of the same frequency or between channels with
other frequencies. Both of these interactions have the potential
to cause distortions. To improve optical networks, we need
to better understand these interactions and their implications."
is a great honour to be recognised, but a lot of the credit
goes to my research colleagues," says Chowdhury on the
prestigious title he has been given. "I feel very lucky
to work with world-class scientists here at Bell Labs on research
that can positively impact Lucent and beyond."
of Quantum Information and Optics research at Bell Labs, Dick
Slusher says, "Aref is representative of the caliber
of a scientist hard at work on problem solving, significant
research challenges here at Bell Labs. He joins a great group
of Bell Labs alumni that have won this award in previous years
and we applaud his accomplishments."
accomplishments serve as a source of inspiration for not only
young innovators, but also young Bangladeshi's everywhere.
He is living proof that hard work and slow, but steady determination
will eventually win the race. His work is not only praised
by his immediate colleagues and coworkers, but has been recognised
internationally as a means to change and transform the future
of science and technology, thereby impacting the world we
live in positvely.
(R) thedailystar.net 2004