Kevin SmithChief Technology Consultant at Opticonnections
After graduating from Oxford University, Kevin gained a Ph.D. in the field of high-speed Non-linear Optics & Ultrafast Lasers in 1984 from Imperial College, London. Following positions at Imperial College and St. Andrews University, he joined AT&T Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey to research high-speed transmission exploiting optical fibre nonlinearity and solutions. In 1989 he joined BT Laboratories to lead experimental research in new optical processing systems and techniques. He has a strong track record of technical direction setting, successfully driving innovative technology concepts from early laboratory prototype demonstrations, through real-world laboratory field trials, to early live trials and deployments in BT’s live network. He led developments in high-speed (Terabit) optical transmission technologies such as flexible grid, advanced modulation technologies and superchannels, working closely with BT’s strategic transmission suppliers to evolve BT's core optical DWDM networks to 100 Gb/s and beyond. Kevin achieved BT Certified Expert Engineer, one of only a handful of senior technology leadership roles in BT. Kevin left BT in August 2018 to form Opticonnections focusing on expert optical technology and systems consultancy. Kevin has authored and co-authored more than 150 research papers and patents.