DR. GERARD ALPHONSE
Dr. Alphonse obtained a BSEE (1958) and a MSEE (1959) from New York University, and a Ph. D in ElectroPhysics (1967) from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now New York Polytechnic University) under a grant from the RCA Laboratories David Sarnoff Research Center (Sarnoff) in Princeton NJ, which he joined in June 1959 as a Member of the Technical Staff.
His career at Sarnoff involves pioneering work and major contributions in a broad range of technical areas. These include the development of superconductive devices for data storage and microwaves and original contributions in the development of photochromic devices, broadband acousto-optic deflectors, holographic data storage, ultrasonic imaging for medical diagnostics, optical disc recording and media development, semiconductor laser diode arrays, optical amplifiers and superluminescent diodes, the psychophysics of large area displays, and vision modeling. In 1986, he invented and demonstrated the world's highest performance superluminescent diode (SLD), a device currently used in industry in a variety of applications including interferometric fiber optic gyroscopes (IFOG), optical coherence tomography (OCT), optical amplifiers in telecommunications, switching for optical interconnects, mode-locked and tunable lasers.
Upon retirement from Sarnoff in 2003, Alphonse joined the Medeikon Corporation (aka Cardiovascular Solutions Inc.), where he led the development of OCT instruments for the detection of coronary plaques and for high-resolution monitoring of stent deployment.
In 2010 he founded GAA Associates, a consulting firm aimed at the development of light source technologies for optical sensing. Through this work he became Chief Technology Officer at Lux Photonics Inc, a company he co-founded in 2011 to develop advanced semiconductor light sources for IFOG, OCT for ophthalmology, and other sensing applications.
Throughout his career, Dr. Alphonse has been active in educational and professional activities. From 1967 to 1982, he was an adjunct faculty member in the Electronic Physics Department in the Evening Division at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, where he taught courses in Electrical Engineering and Physics, and where he served as Department Chairman from 1978 to 1982.
In October 1975 he was appointed a consultant to the National Science Foundation for a period of two years. For several years he served as a member of the Franklin Institute’s Science & Arts Committee, where he still serves as a Consultant. Throughout his career he has spent more than 45 years in volunteer leadership for the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) where he served in various capacities including Section Chair, Region 1 Director, IEEE-USA president (2005), and member of the IEEE Board of Directors. He is currently serving as a member of the IEEE Spectrum Editorial Advisory Board.
Dr. Alphonse is the author and co-author of more than 120 technical papers and holds more than 60 U.S. and foreign patents. He has received four RCA/Sarnoff Outstanding Achievement Awards, an IEEE Region 1 Award, and the IEEE Millennium Award. In June 2005, he was inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame for “prolific work in diverse cutting edge technologies including superconductivity, acoustic emissions and electro-optics.” And in February 2010 he received the 2009 prestigious Eta Kappa Nu Vladimir Karapetoff Award for his inventions and developments in superluminescent diodes and related devices. Dr. Alphonse is a Fellow of IEEE, and a member of the honorary societies Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi.