Infinera has announced that Dr. David F. Welch, Infinera co-founder and president, is the recipient of the 2016 IEEE Ernst Weber Managerial Leadership Award, recognizing exceptional managerial leadership in the fields of interests to the IEEE. Dr. Welch was honored with this recognition for his leadership in enabling the growth of cloud-based services and the Internet in optical transport networks at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in New York City last week.

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As co-founder and president of Infinera, Dr. Welch leads Infinera's engineering, business development and marketing groups. Dr. Welch has made numerous contributions to the field of optical communication systems — including more than 250 published articles and 169 patents.

Dr. Welch has received a number of prestigious honors and awards including the 2013 Institute of Engineering and Technology J J Thomson Medal for Electronics, 2011 Optical Society of America (OSA) John Tyndall Award, 1999 OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize, 1998 IEEE LEOS Engineering Achievement Award and the 1992 OSA Adolph Lomb Medal. He serves on the board of directors for OSA and Infinera, and is a fellow of OSA and IEEE.

"I am deeply honored to receive the IEEE Managerial Leadership Award," said Dr. Welch. "This recognition is a positive reflection of the entire team at Infinera. I am privileged to work with a global team of experts delivering disruptive optical networking solutions."