Masataka Nakazawa

E-mail : nakazawa@riec.tohoku.ac.jp

Date of Birth
September 17, 1952

Education
Kanazawa University, B.S. in Electronics, 1975
Tokyo Institute of Technology, M.S. in Physical Electronics, 1977
Tokyo Institute of Technology Ph.D. in Applied Electronics, 1980

Ph. D. Thesis
"Dither-free, absolute frequency stabilization of a 3.39 Ám He-Ne laser using a CH4 saturated absorption in an external cell"
Tokyo Institute of Technology (1980)

Experience

1980

Research Engineer, Ibaraki Electrical Communication Laboratory of Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT)

1984-1985

Visiting Scientist, Picosecond Optics and Quantum Electronics Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

1989

Group leader, Nonlinear Optical Transmission Group, NTT

1999

NTT Fellow

1999-2001

Visiting Professor, Tohoku University

2001-Present

Professor, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University

2008-Present

Distinguished Professor, Tohoku University

2010-Present

Director, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University

2011-Present

Chair, The Conference of National University Affiliated Research Institutes and Centers

Research Interests
Optical soliton and high-speed transmission
Femtosecond pulse generation
Rare-earth-doped optical fiber amplifiers and their applications

Publications
He is the author or coauthor of over 410 journal articles.

International Conferences

Patents
He holds more than 100 patents with more than 120 pending.

Honors

Excellent Paper Award for Optics from Japan Society of Applied Physics, Mar. 1985
     For backward Rayleigh scattering in single mode fiber: Theory and Experiments

Sakurai Memorial Award from OITDA, Nov. 1989
     For 1.48 μm InGaAsP LD pumped erbium-doped fiber amplifiers

Electronics Letters Premium Award from IEE (U.K.), Oct. 1990
     For soliton amplification using EDFAs

Excellent Paper Award from Japan Society of Applied Physics, Oct. 1991
     For erbium-doped fiber amplifiers

OSA Fellow Award, Jun. 1992
     For distinguished service in the advancement of optics, particularly for contributions to optical communication technology, particularly in optical soliton transmission using optical amplifiers

Outstanding Invention Award from Minister of Science and Technology Agency, Apr. 1993
     For erbium-doped fiber amplifiers

Achievement Award from IEICE of Japan , May 1994
     For invention of EDFAs

IEICE Paper Award, May 1994
     For ultrahigh-speed optical soliton communication using erbium-doped fiber amplifiers

IEEE Fellow Award, Jan. 1995
     For contributions to high-speed optical soliton communication using erbium-doped fiber amplifiers, femtosecond lasers, and nonlinear fiber optics

Achievement Award from IEICE of Japan, May 1996
     For soliton communication

Outstanding Research Award from Ministry of Science and Technology Agency, Apr. 1997
     For optical fiber amplifiers and their application to soliton transmission

IEICE Paper Award, May 1998
     For the 10 GHz femtosecond fiber laser and its application as a WDM optical source

IEICE Paper Award, May 2000
     For the demultiplexing of subterabit TDM signals by using an ultrafast nonlinear optical loop mirror

IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award, Feb. 2002
     For pioneering development of 1.48 μm InGaAsP laser-diode pumping of erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFA)

IEICE Inose Award, May 2002
     For 1.28 Tbit/s-70 km OTDM transmission

27th Inoue Harushige Award from Japan Science and Technology Agency, 2002
     For the development of 1.48 ?m InGaAsP laser diode pumped EDFA and its application to optical communication

72th Hattori Hokou Award, 2002
     For the invention of LD pumped EDFA and its application to high-speed optical communication

35th Ichimura Industrial Award, 2003
     For the invention of LD pumped EDFA

R. W. Wood Prize from Optical Society of America, 2005
     For inventing the 1.48 μm InGaAsP laser-diode-pumped erbium-doped fiber amplifier and the development of its application to high-speed optical communications and short pulse lasers

Tore Science and Technology Award, 2006
     For the development of 1.48 μm InGaAsP laser diode pumped EDFA and its application to optical communication

Thomson Scientific Laureate, 2006
     For development of erbium-doped fiber amplifiers, which have revolutionized high-speed fiber-optic communication networks worldwide

Honorary Ph. D degree, Kanazawa University, 2008

Shida Rinzaburou Award, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, 2008

IEICE Contribution Award, 2009

Prime Minister Award, Council of Promotion of Academy-Industry Collaboration, 2009

ELEX Best Paper Award, 2009
     Polarization and frequency division multiplexed 1 Gsymbol/s, 64 QAM coherent optical transmission with 8.6 bit/s/Hz spectral efficiency over 160 km

President Special Award of Tohoku University, 2009

JSAP Opto-Electronics Achievement Award (Takuma Hiroshi Award), 2010

The Medal with Purple Ribbon, 2010

IEEE Quantum Electronics Award, 2010
For seminal contribution and leadership in the advancement of optical communications and fiber lasers through the invention of the compact erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA)

OITDA 30th Year Anniversary Contribution Award, 2010

He also received outstanding patent awards (Special Class) in 1994 and 2000 from NTT for the optical time domain reflectometer, and NTT Outstanding R&D Awards in 1989 and 1993 for the development of the EDFA and solition transmission, respectively.

Professional Society Membership
Fellow of the Optical Society of America
Fellow of the IEEE
Fellow of the IEICE of Japan
Fellow of JSAP (The Japan Society of Applied Physics)
The Optical Society of Japan
The Laser Society of Japan

Society Activities

Journals
 (1) Topical Editor of Optics Letters (Editing Field: Fiber Optics and Optical Communication, OSA)
 (2) Associate Editor of Photonics Technology Letters (IEEE, LEOS)
 (3) Editorial Board Member of Optics Communications (Elsevier Science) (1998-present)
 (4) Honorary Editor of Optical Fiber Technology (Academic Press) (2001-present)

(USA&Europe)
2007-2010    OSA Board of Director at Large
2002-2003    OFC Committee Member
2002-2003    CLEO Committee Member
2002-Present    ECOC Committee Member
2003             UEO (Ultrafast Electronics & Optoelectronics) Committee Member
2001             OSA Annual Meeting Symposium Organizer
2001             CLEO/Pacific Rim 2001 Sub-Committee Chair
2001             Topical Meeting on Nonlinear Guided Waves 2001 Committee Member
2001             Asia-Pacific Radio Science Conference 2001 (AP-RASC'01) convener in URSI
1999             IEEE THz 99 International Conference Organizing Committee Member
1996             IEEE/LEOS William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award Committee Member
1995 and 1997   Technical Program Committee of CLEO/Pacific Rim'95 and 97
1994-2001    Associate Editor of Optical Fiber Technology (Academic Press)
1994             Committee Member of OEC'94
1994             Regional Program Chair of CLEO/IQEC'94
1987 to 1993     Committee Member of CLEO Japanese Subcommittee
1993             General Co-Chair of the Topical Meeting on Optical Amplifiers and Their Applications
1990 to 1992     Committee Member of the Topical Meeting on Optical Amplifiers and Their Applications
1989 to 1992     Committee Member of the Topical Meeting on Nonlinear Guided Wave Phenomena
1991             Committee Member of QELS'92
1991             Co-Chairman of SPIE'91 for Fiber Laser Sources and Amplifiers II

(Japan)
2010             Board of General Affairs, IEICE
2005             President of IEICE Electronics Society
2002             Chairman of International Symposium of Femtosecond Technology
2001-2002    FESTA Board Member
2001             Committee Member of OSJ Optics Award
2000             Committee Member of NEDO Advanced Program
1999-present     OITDA Technical Committee Member
1999-present     Committee Member of JSAP Opto-Quantum Electronics Award
1999             Guest Editor of Special Issue of LSJ
1998-2001    Chairman of Femtosecond Optical Electronics Division of IEICE of Japan
1999             Session organizer of the International Symposium on Nonlinear Theory and its Applications
1997             Guest Editor of Special Issue of IEICE Transaction
1997             General Vice-Chairman of the Program Committee LSJ
1983-1999    Committee Member of Quantum Electronics Division of JSAP
1994-present     Committee Member of Optical Fibers Division of IEICE of Japan
1994-2000    Member of Ultrafast Quantum Device Division of JEIDA
1990-1997    Committee Member of Ultrafast Photonics Division of IEICE of Japan
1990-1993    Member of Optical Amplifier Division of OITDA
1988-1990    Committee Member of LSJ

IEICE: Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, Japan
ECOC: European Conference on Optical Communication
FESTA: The Femtosecond Technology Research Association
JEIDA: Japan Electronic Industry Development Association
JSAP: Japan Society of Applied Physics
LSJ: Laser Society of Japan
NEDO: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization
OFC: Optical Fiber Communication Conference
OITDA: Optoelectronic Industry and Technology Development Association
OSJ: Optical Society of Japan