Dan M. Marom is a Full Professor in the Applied Physics Department at Hebrew University, Israel, heading the Photonic Devices Group and currently serving as the Department Chair. He received the B.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering and the M.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Tel-Aviv University, Israel, in 1989 and 1995, respectively, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), in 2000.
His 20+ year research career in optical communications started during his Master’s degree, where he investigated free-space, polarization rotation based bypass-exchange (2×2) space switches, which led to the founding of a start-up company. In his doctoral dissertation he demonstrated real-time optical signal processing using parametric optical nonlinearities applied to spectrally dispersed light, for real-time modulation and detection schemes in serial ultrafast communications (tera-baud rate and beyond). From 2000 until 2005, he was a Member of the Technical Staff at the Advanced Photonics Research Department of Bell Laboratories, (then part of) Lucent Technologies, where he invented and headed the research and development effort of MEMS based wavelength-selective switching solutions for optical networks. Since 2005, he has been with the Applied Physics Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where he leads a research group pursuing his research interests in realizing novel photonic devices and sub-systems for switching and manipulating optical signals, in guided-wave and free-space optics solutions using light modulating devices, nonlinear optics, and compound materials.
Prof. Marom is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and a Senior Member of the IEEE Photonics Society. He was awarded the IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award for 2014 and 2015, and is currently serving on the Society's Board of Governors. From 1996 through 2000, he was a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellow at UCSD, and was a Peter Brojde Scholar in 2006-2007. He also serves as Steering Committee Chair for the International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics (OMN).