Ray Chen

Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Founder & CTO, Omega Optics Inc.

Ray Chen is the founder and the CTO of Omega Optics Inc. since its initiation in 2001.  In the past, he served as the CTO, Founder, and Chairman of the Board of Radiant Research, Inc. from 2000 to 2001, where he raised 18 million dollars A-Round funding to commercialize polymer-based photonic devices involving over twenty patents, which were acquired by Finisar in 2002, a publicly traded company in the Silicon Valley (NASDAQ:FNSR).  His research work has been awarded many research grants and contracts from such sponsors as Army, Navy, Air Force, DARPA, MDA, NSA, NSF, DOE, EPA, NIH, NASA, the State of Texas, and private industry.

Ray Chen is also the Keys and Joan Curry/Cullen Trust Endowed Chair at The University of Texas Austin.  Chen is the director of the Nanophotonics and Optical Interconnects Research Lab, at the Microelectronics Research CenterHe received his BS degree in Physics in 1980 from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, his MS degree in physics in 1983, and his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in 1988, both from the University of California.  His group has published 750 research articles, including over 85 invited papers. He holds over 25 issued patents. He has chaired or been a program-committee member for more than 110 domestic and international conferences organized by IEEE, SPIE (The International Society of Optical Engineering), OSA, and PSC. He has served as an editor, co-editor or coauthor for over twenty books.  Chen has also served as a consultant for various federal agencies and private companies and delivered numerous invited talks to professional societies. Chen is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA, and SPIE.