Dr Wladek Forysiak

Senior Lecturer 
Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT)

Wladek Forysiak

Room:  NW707B
Phone:  0121 204 5336
Email:  w.forysiak@aston.ac.uk

I studied Physics at Imperial College, London and then joined the Physics department at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and received a PhD for studies on Nonlinear Dynamics of Three-Level Lasers in 1989. 

Following post-doctoral appointments at Heriot-Watt University, Aston University and The University of Arizona, I joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at Aston University in 1996 as a lecturer and was promoted to reader in 2000.  During that period I taught several UG and MSc-level courses in electronic engineering and telecommunications, and performed research on high-speed optical fibre transmission systems via numerical simulations, with emphasis on optical solitons, dispersion management, and WDM.  

In 2000, I moved to Marconi Solstis as Development Director alongside five colleagues from Aston to develop an ultra-long-haul DWDM transmission system, named uPLx160.  From 2003-2010 I worked for Marconi plc, and subsequently Ericsson Ltd, as Photonics Modelling Manager leading an international team responsible for propagation modelling, simulation tools, and link configuration design rules.  In 2010, I was appointed Director, technology and systems at Oclaro Technology Ltd, where I worked for the Optical Network Systems Business Unit, with interests in optical communication systems, high-bit-rate modules, advanced amplification, and related technologies.      

In 2012 I was appointed Royal Society Industry Fellow at AIPT to work on a research project entitled “Tackling Information Capacity limits to Tbit/s fibre Optic Communication systems” (TICTOC) and in July 2014 I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Applied Physics at Aston. 

  • BSc with First Class Honours in Physics, Imperial College, London, 1985
  • PhD in Laser Physics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 1989
  • 1989-1991, Heriot-Watt University
  • 1992-1994, Aston University
  • 1995, University of Arizona
  • 1996-2001, Aston University
  • 2000-2005, Marconi plc
  • 2006-2010, Ericsson Ltd
  • 2010-2014, Oclaro Technology Ltd
  • 2014-date, Aston University
  • Optical Fibre Communication Systems
  • Optical Devices and Subsystems
  • Numerical simulation of high speed transmission on fibre and the impact of nonlinearity
  • Enabling technologies for optical fibre communication systems and optical networking
  • Royal Society Industry Fellowship, Tackling Information Capacity limits to Tbit/s fibre Optic Communication Systems (2012-2016)
  • EU FP7 STREP Agile Photonic Integrated Systems-on-Chip enabling WDM Terabit Networks (2008-2011)