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Innovator Stories: Alexander Fang

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Embarcadero Hall, Isla Vista


Open to the Public


TMP Distinguished Speaker Series

Hosted by: Prof. John Greathouse

The TMP 111 Speaker Series - Innovator Stories is open to the public. Click here for a campus map showing the location of Embarcadero Hall. For more information, please contact Cindy Colmenares.

Speaker Biography:

Alexander Fang is an entrepreneur with a track record of building teams that take ideas from the research laboratory through commercialization.   

Alex was a co-founder, the CEO, and Board Director of Aurrion from 2008 – 2016 which was a fabless semiconductor company that developed photonic integrated circuits for use in data center networking applications. The business was acquired by Juniper Networks for $165M where Alex continues to lead the development of Photonic ASIC products as a Senior Director of the Silicon Photonics group. 

Alex has authored/coauthored over 80 papers in the field, co-authored 3 book chapters and has filed/been granted 18 patents. He has won a number of awards for the technology he developed together with Prof. Bowers and colleagues. Dr. Fang worked for IBM, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Intel Prior to founding Aurrion.

Dr. Fang earned his B.S. Electrical Engineering with minors in Math and Physics from San Jose State University (03) and M.S & Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara (05, 08). He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Owner/President Management Program (OPM) and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). 

The Technology Management Program's Speaker Series - Innovator Stories is one of the program's premier events. This quarterly series features leaders from academia or industry who have distinguished themselves as experts in their fields. Drawing from prominent academic researchers, experienced business professionals, and successful entrepreneurs this series gives UC Santa Barbara's students as well as the community the rare opportunity to learn directly from those who have excelled through innovation and dedication to their work.