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Prof. Sir David N Payne, Director Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton UK

interacts with students at Mahindra École Centrale College of Engineering

The students of Mahindra École Centrale (MEC) College of Engineering were introduced to the world of lasers and optical fibre technology through an inspiring  talk by Professor Sir David Payne, whose significant contributions to Optics and Photonics through applied research has greatly helped make the present day high-speed Internet a reality!

The event held at the Hyderabad campus of MEC, was part of an ongoing initiative by this Indo-French Engineering College to showcase the best in the world of Engineering and Technology to the young Engineering students. Focusing on “hands-on” education, MEC ensures that the students understand how things function from the design concept onwards.

An audience with the inventor David Payne, who made phone calls almost free, was an endeavour to facilitate the understanding of development of optical telecommunication and the futuristic world of lasers and opticalfibre technology in the context of International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies IYL2015. Close interactions such as these with leading global players in the arena will ensure that the students are enthused about the reach of enginnering and technology and are better poised to take on global challenges once they graduate.

Dr. Payne’s inspiring speech to the students of MEC themed around Innovation and Invention and he told the students that the young people are our future and that they have to learn to be critical and subversive in order to become creators and innovators of the future.

“The students and the faculty enjoyed a session on how semiconductor lasers and optical fibretechnology have changed the world we live in. We at Mahindra École Centrale are also committed to creating opportunities for engineers and researchers like David and his team, who motivate us to meet today’s greatest technology challenges head-on and make the world a better and a more networked place”, said Prof. Sanjay Dhande, Founder Director, Mahindra École Centrale.

Prof. Sir David N Payne, Director Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK and the creator of the technology that underpins the functioning of the Internet, delighted the students with the story of telephony, starting from ancient signalling through smoke signals and fires to electronic telegraphy of the modern day fibre-optic transmission.

In fact it was David’s research team’s work on the development of Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA) in 1987 that was responsible for the rapid growth of consequential dense wavelength division multiplexed(DWDM) transmission of signals, which made present day long-distance telephony and instant access to the Internet possible, remarked Professor Bishnu Pal of Physics at Mahindra École Centrale, who has been a long-time collaborator and friend of David Payne for over 35 years.

“Mahindra École Centrale College of Engineering is an Indo-French collaborative institution that is committed to creating the ‘New Engineer’ – A well rounded professional who is ‘synthesis-oriented’ rather than ‘analysis-oriented’ of yore”, adds Prof. Dhande.

Prof D. N. Payne is an internationally distinguished research pioneer in photonics, having been in the field for over 40 years. Optical telecommunications is one of the greatest scientific successes of the last century, and his contributions are acknowledged as seminal. Optical fibre technology underpins the Internet and drives its growth to the benefit of all nations.

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