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ECE Student Seminar

Event Details

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

11:15am - 12:05pm

Klaus Building, Room 2443

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Paul Steffes

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Event Details

Speakers: Mr. Ryan Schmidt and Mr. Andy Adams, ADVA Optical Networking

Seminar Topic:  WDM Optical Networks:  Big Pipes for Big Data

Abstract of Talk:  ADVA and others in the WDM optical networking industry are pushing the technology envelope to enable higher bandwidth, longer reaching, and lower latency network traffic. During our discussion we will share an overview of the rapidly evolving technology landscape of the sometimes overlooked thoroughfares at the heart of the internet and cloud computing, as well as providing a view of the market drivers and architectural trends that are driving and shaping bandwidth demands. Please join us for an informative presentation and Q&A. 

Biographical Sketches of the Speakers:

Ryan Schmidt is Vice President of the Optical Networking R&D group at ADVA Optical Networking. Ryan has spent the last 19 years in optical networking R&D and currently runs an organization spanning the US and EU which is responsible for $350M in annual revenue. Ryan has a BS in computer science and business administration from Northwest Nazarene University, and worked previously in aerospace for Boeing as well as other internet-related ventures.

Andy Adams is currently Senior Director of R&D running the organization responsible for the delivery of high-speed transponders and muxponders, the on-/off- ramps of WDM optical networks. Andy is a Georgia Tech alum, graduating with MSECE and MBA in 2000 and 2010, respectively.  Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, he graduated with BSEE from Tennessee Tech University. In addition to his work in telecommunications, Andy has worked in the biotech, and energy management industries.

Last revised March 20, 2019