Richard Soref, a research professor at UMass Boston, was elected as a fellow by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) this week. The organization is dedicated to honoring inventors and enhancing the visibility of research in technological and academic innovation.
Soref is a pioneer in silicon photonics research. He has 53 patents.
Photonics is the science and technology of light. Today we use photonics every time we get Internet service over fiber optic cable. Soref’s inventions deal with the silicon chips that receive signals from fiber optic communications cables.
Soref spent 27 years as a civilian engineer with the U.S. Air Force. He joined UMass Boston as a research professor almost four years ago, where he is a frequent collaborator with Greg Sun, director of UMass Boston’s engineering program.
Soref is a leader in his field. In 2004, he founded the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Group IV Photonics Conference. He is a fellow of the IEEE and the Institute of Physics UK. His honors include the IEEE GFP Lifetime Achievement Award, the U.S. Air Force Basic Research Award, and the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award.
“Photonics is a deep field, and there is room for discoveries and innovations to be made. I get excited by these new possibilities,” Soref said.
“Innovation and discovery are the hallmarks of Professor Soref’s distinguished career in science and technology,” said Sun. “His exceptional contributions, sustained over 52 years, have had tangible impact upon society and the economy. Foremost, his visionary proposal on the opto-electronic integration on silicon substrates earned him the reputation as the father of Silicon Photonics.”