Press release

Leading engineer honoured for achievements in photonics

15 November 2017

Esteemed engineer Professor Polina Bayvel CBE, has been rewarded for her outstanding achievements in photonics, with an Honorary Fellowship from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Prof. Polina Bayvel, Head of the Optical Networks Group at the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, UCL (University College London), is a world-class researcher in photonics. Her research interests are in the area of optical communications, wavelength-routed optical networks, high-speed optical transmission, and the study and mitigation of fibre nonlinearities. She was one of the first to show the feasibility of using the wavelength domain for routing in optical networks, and designed high-precision wavelength-selective devices, to generate and route multiple wavelengths in telecommunication networks, significantly increasing their capacity.

On receiving her Honorary Fellowship, Prof. Bayvel said: “Having been a member of the IET since the first of my student days, it is an enormous privilege, but also responsibility, to follow the many great electrical engineers and scientists honoured in this way, and to continue the tradition of so many of my distinguished predecessors and mentors at UCL.”

Nick Winser, IET President, said: “I am delighted that we are able to mark the outstanding achievements of Professor Bayvel, with one of the IET’s highest honours, Honorary Fellowship. She is a highly distinguished engineer and has made a significant contribution to photonics, particularly fibre optics, across the world.”

Notes to editors:

Prof. Bayvel formally accepted her Honorary Fellowship at the IET Achievement Awards on Wednesday 15 November in central London.