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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Asian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
As you are walking across the path of life, if you come to a bump, step up.

Birthplace

Born:
3/8/1959
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Asian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
As you are walking across the path of life, if you come to a bump, step up.

Birthplace

Born:
3/8/1959
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Research scientist Peter J. Delfyett was born on March 8, 1959 in Queens, New York. He received his B.E. (E.E.) degree from the City College of New York in 1981 and his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester in 1983. Delfyett then returned to the City University of New York and went on to graduate from there with his M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in 1987 and 1988, respectively.

In 1988, Delfyett joined Bell Communication Research (Bellcore) as a member of the technical staff where he focused on generating ultrafast high power optical pulses from semiconductor diode lasers. His research findings resulted in a number of important developments, including the world’s fastest, most powerful modelocked semiconductor laser diode, the demonstration of an optically distributed clocking network for high-speed, digital switches and supercomputer applications, and the first observation of the optical nonlinearity induced by the cooling of highly excited electron-hole pairs in semiconductor optical amplifiers. Delfyett has published over six-hundred articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings; been awarded thirty five United States Patents; and, is the sole proprietor of a license agreement which transferred modelocked semiconductor laser technology into a commercial product.

In 1993, Delfyett received a dual-appointment as a professor in the School College of Optics and Photonics and the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida. From 1995 to 2006, he served as the Associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters; was Executive Editor of IEEE LEOS Newsletter; and, served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. In 2008, Delfyett was elected to serve two terms as president of the National Society of Black Physicists.

Delfyett has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Faculty Fellow Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which is awarded to the nation’s top twenty young scientists. U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine recognized him in 1993 as “Most Promising Engineer;” and, in 2000 with the “Outstanding Alumnus Achievement.” In 2010, he received the Edward Bouchet Award from the American Physical Society. Delfyett is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the IEEE Photonics Society.

Peter J. Delfyett was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 4, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Peter Delfyett describes his mother's family background pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Peter Delfyett describes his father's family background pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Peter Delfyett talks about his parents' relationship and separation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Peter Delfyett describes his family's personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Peter Delfyett talks about growing up in an extended family household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Peter Delfyett talks about the Delfyetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Peter Delfyett describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Peter Delfyett describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Peter Delfyett talks about attending church during his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Peter Delfyett talks about his elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Peter Delfyett talks about his childhood interest in paleontology and his questions about religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Peter Delfyett describes why he chose to become an electrical engineer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Peter Delfyett talks about fifth grade elementary school teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Peter Delfyett talks about his mentors in elementary and middle school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Peter Delfyett talks about his high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Peter Delfyett describes how he learned to play the drums
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Peter Delfyett describes his band in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Peter Delfyett describes graduating from high school and choosing to attend the City College of New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Peter Delfyett describes his time as a student at the City College of New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Peter Delfyett describes when he chose to specialize in optics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Peter Delfyett talks about his undergraduate optics class
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Peter Delfyett describes why he came back to the City University of New York for his Ph.D.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Peter Delfyett describes photonics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Peter Delfyett describes his doctoral dissertation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Peter Delfyett describes being hired by Bell Communications Research
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Peter Delfyett describes his time at Bell Communications Research
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Peter Delfyett describes how he broke the world record for the shortest and brightest light pulse
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Peter Delfyett describes how he solved the clock distribution problem
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Peter Delfyett talks about how it can take decades for an invention to be implemented
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Peter Delfyett explains why he chose to become a professor at the University of Central Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Peter Delfyett talks about his teaching and research at the University of Central Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Peter Delfyett talks about research funding and mentoring students
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Peter Delfyett talks about the future of technology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Peter Delfyett talks about the future of holographic technology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Peter Delfyett talks about his latest patent
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Peter Delfyett talks about his accomplishments at the University of Central Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Peter Delfyett talks about his involvement in professional organizations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Peter Delfyett gives advice to African American students
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Peter Delfyett reflects on his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Peter Delfyett reflects on his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Peter Delfyett talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Peter Delfyett describes his hobbies
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Peter Delfyett talks about how he would like to be remembered