For Immediate Release

Dr. Kenneth Hill Joins OZ Optics Limited

Ottawa, ON - November 5, 2001

OZ Optics Limited, a world leading supplier of fiber optic products for existing and next-generation optical networks, welcomes Dr. Kenneth Hill to the research team.

Dr. Hill spent the first 32 years of his career as a research scientist with the Communications Research Centre, and most recently, he was the Chief Scientist at Zenastra Photonics Inc. During his scientific career, Dr. Hill has made significant contributions to the development of fiber optic communications technology. Example contributions are in the fields of nonlinear effects in optical fibers, passive optical fiber devices, modal noise in optical fiber links and photosensitivity in optical fibers.

"Dr. Hill is a pioneer in optical fiber communications," said Ömür Sezerman, President and CEO of OZ Optics. He added, "His experience and leadership in photonics is a definite asset to our organization."

Dr. Hill has received many awards throughout his career.

  • In 1991, Dr. Hill was raised to the rank of Fellow in the Optical Society of America (OSA). He was cited for contributions to fused fiber optical couplers, photosensitivity in fibers, novel fiber-based devices and nonlinear effects in fibers
  • In 1995, Dr. Hill received the 1995 Manning Principal Award for the discovery of photosensitivity in optical fibers and for his pioneering work in optical fiber communications
  • In 1996, Dr. Hill received the 1996 Tyndall Award from the IEEE Lasers & Electro-Optics Society and the Optical Society of America. The citation for the award read as follows: "For the discovery of photosensitivity in optical fibers and its application to Bragg gratings used in device applications in optical communications and sensor systems."
  • In 1998, Dr. Hill received the Canadian Association of Physicists and the National Optics Institute Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics
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