Daniel Blumenthal

Electrical & Computer Engineering


(805) 893-4168
2221F Engineering Science Building

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080

IEE Research Areas: 


Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC), Director
Microsoft Optics in the Cloud, Member
National LambdaRail, Past Member Board of Directors
Internet2 Architecture, Past Member (Elected) Advisory Council
Calient Networks, Co-Founder
Packet Photonics,  Co-Founder


2018 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI)
2017 Microsoft visiting Faculty Researcher
2006 Fellow of the Optical Society of America
2005 Co-Author of Tunable Laser Diodes and Related Optical Sources (Wiley)
2003 Fellow of the IEEE
2001 Program Chair for OSA Topical Meeting on Photonics in Switching
1999 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
1999 Program Chair for Photonics in Switching 
1997 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award 
1994 ​National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award 

Research Description: 

Daniel Blumenthal’s research interests are in optical communications, photonic packet switching and all-optical networks, all-optical wavelength conversion and regeneration, ultra-fast communications, InP (indium phosphide) Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICS) and nanophotonic device technologies. In addition to his research in energy-efficient photonics for communications, he directs the LASOR (Label-Switched Optical Router) Project, which aims to move more network router processing into the optical domain, thereby saving power and reducing the necessity of costly high-speed electronics.


BS: Electrical Engineering, University of Rochester (1981)
MS: Electrical Engineering, Columbia University (1988)
Ph.D: Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder (1993)

More Info: 

For more information on Daniel Blumenthal, check out his video and presentation entitled "The UCSB Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC) and the Greening of Photonic Technologies" here.