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Frank Effenberger

CREOL Alum: Frank Effenberger

1995 PhD in Electrical Engineering, advisor: Glenn D. Boreman

Current Position: Vice President Access Networks, Futurewei Technologies
2000 - 2006: Director System Engineering, Motorola / Quantum Bridge
1995 - 2000: Research Scientist, Bellcore
1991 - 1995: Grad. Research Assistant, University of Central Florida, CREOL
Awards & Honors
2015 OSA Fellow
2015 IEEE Fellow
2012 Huawei Fellow
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After completing his doctoral work in 1995, Dr. Effenberger worked at Bellcore, where he analyzed all types of access network technologies, especially passive optical networks. He witnessed the early development of the FSAN initiative and the APON standard. In 2000, he moved to Quantum Bridge Communications, where he managed the system engineering group. This work supported the development and standardization of advanced optical access systems based on B-PON and G-PON technologies. In 2006, he became Director of FTTx in the advanced technology department of Futurewei Technologies USA. He remains heavily involved in standards work, and in 2008, he became the chairman of ITU-T Q2/15. He and his team work on forward-looking fiber and copper access technologies, including the 10G EPON, XG-PON, and 40G-PON. Notably, his team supported the world’s first trials of XG-PON and 40G-PON. In 2011, he was named as Huawei Fellow, and in 2012 was promoted to VP of access research. In 2015, he was named as a Fellow of both the OSA and the IEEE.  He holds 60 US patents.

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