Meet Rakesh Sambaraju
A Peek Behind the Curtain
Welcome to the first edition of Tek Talk’s “Meet the Presenter” series, which will give you a glimpse into the professional and personal lives of the people who make Berk-Tek tick.
Our first Featured Presenter is Rakesh Sambaraju, Applications Engineer for Fiber Optics. Rakesh works in the TEK Center at Berk-Tek, our premier research lab and showcase for emerging applications. He will be hosting the next Berk-Tek webinar on December 10 at 11am (EST), Layer 1 - Challenging the Limits of Fiber Optic Cabling and Connectivity.
Tell us about your education and background.
I hold a Master of Science (MSc) in Telecommunications from the Technical University of Denmark and a PhD from Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain. Before coming to Berk-Tek, I worked as a scientist at Valencia Nanophotonics Technology Center in Spain and Corning Incorporated in New York.
My previous work included radio over fiber technologies, where I helped pioneer the work on coherent optical technology for very high capacity wireless. I’ve also worked with distributed antenna systems, MIMO for LTE, fiber-to-the-home, and digital signal processing for fiber optics. My current research is on short/medium range LAN connectivity for data centers, new multimode fibers, passive optical LAN, and advanced modulation formats. So far, I’ve published almost 60 publications in international journals and conferences.
I’m also a reviewer for IEEE Photonics Society journals and letters, and I actively participate in IEEE 802.3 and TIA standardization bodies.
You describe yourself as “an experienced fiber optic communication systems engineer with passion for telecommunications.“ What led you into the world of fiber optics?
Imagining that a string of glass thinner than a hair could carry so much data traffic and connect the world inspired me. The technical competence and the work being performed during my time at the Research Center COM in the Technical University of Denmark motivated me to pursue a career in fiber optics.
What do you envision for the future of the industry? What will you be talking about 10 years from now? 20 years from now?
Technology is cyclic. What we wanted to do 20 years ago but couldn’t is being widely deployed today (coherent optical technologies, for example). 10 years from now, I envision talking about a new kind of multimode fiber in combination with advanced modulation formats, and DSP carrying Tb/s data for both LAN and long haul applications. In 20 years, we’ll see a new wave of disruptive technologies like nano-servers (servers on a chip), Tb/s to server in data centers, all optical switching in data centers, and perhaps an optical computer, if I dare to dream.
What keeps you busy when you’re not at work?
My two naughty kids and my beautiful wife.
You’ve lived and traveled all over the world. What’s the most interest place you’ve ever been?
The most interesting place I’ve lived is Hyderabad, India. It is vibrant with people from different backgrounds, culture, and great food.
Register for Rakesh’s upcoming webinar, Layer 1 - Challenging the Limits of Fiber Optic Cabling and Connectivity, on December 10 at 11 am (EST). Attendees will earn 1 BICSI CEC for viewing the presentation.