, March 19, 2003
Aelis Photonics Adds to Board

NETANYA, Israel -- Aelis Photonics, Inc., an emerging innovator in dynamic optical signal processing, today announced Alan E. Willner, Ph.D., as a member of its advisory board. Dr. Willner, a renowned authority in optical communications, founded Phaethon Communications, a designer and manufacturer of dispersion compensators for high-speed optical networks that was recently acquired by TeraXion. He will help Aelis launch a breakthrough optical equalization technology designed to extend the reach and speed of optical networks.

"As we move toward introducing our technology and products to the market, Alan will play an important role in forming our strategy," said Menachem Tipris, Aelis Photonics' chief executive officer. "Given the esteemed reputation Alan holds in the optical communications field, we are excited to have him join our team and look forward to his contribution to our unique technology"

Commented Willner: "Aelis' strategy is to adaptively address multiple fiber-based signal-degrading effects over many WDM optical channels with a single device. Such a breakthrough could make a dramatic difference in the cost of deploying tunable compensators."

Dr. Willner, who earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Columbia University, is currently professor of electrical engineering systems at the University of Southern California. Earlier, he was a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories and at Bellcore (now Telcordia Technologies). In addition, he has long been active in various industry organizations, holding key positions in the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (IEEE LEOS), including editor-in-chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology and the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, V.P. for Technical Affairs for the IEEE LEOS, and co-chair of the OSA Science and Engineering Council.

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