Balaji Srinivasan obtained his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of New Mexico, USA. He subsequently worked as a Senior Development Scientist at Corning Incorporated, USA, where he led technology development efforts related to 3D Optical Cross-connects and Channel Selectable Tunable Filters. Balaji served as a consultant for Midas Communications, Chennai for six months in 2003, during which he was involved in the development of an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR). He has been with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras as a faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering since 2004, currently as an Associate Professor.

Balaji’s research interests span the development of active and passive optical components / subsystems for distributed fiber optic sensors and fiber lasers. Balaji has co-authored more than 70 journal and international conference publications. He also has six patents to his credit. He is the winner of the prestigious Collegiate Inventor Award in 2000, New Focus Student Award in 1999, and is a frequent reviewer for journals published by the Optical Society of America and IEEE. He is also one of the co-ordinators for the National Photonics Fellowship and a Co-Chair for the International Conference on Fiber Optics and Photonics 2012.

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