The German private foundation Berthold Leibinger Stiftung has awarded L. Cary Gunn, co-founder and CTO for Luxtera, with the international prize, Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis, according to Luxtera. The jury selected Gunn for his innovative work in the development of laser technology with specific advancements in silicon CMOS photonics.
The Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis is awarded every two years and recognizes achievements pertaining to the utilization of laser light technology. Selected by a panel of judges made up of respected experts from the science and industry, the award recognizes Gunn for his pioneering work enabling direct fiber-to-chip connectivity.
Gunn's leadership and vision has recently played a part in leading Luxtera to début the world's first 40 Gigabit optical active cable.
"Cary Gunn has made outstanding contributions involving the development of Silicon CMOS Photonics. He and Luxtera have done a tremendous job leading the market," said Helmut Hügel, laser expert at the Universität Stuttgart and member of the jury. According to the Awards Program Manager at the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung Sven Ederer, the foundation's innovation prize looks to recognize those who are ahead of curve. "Cary's achievement in laser light technology is a strong representation of the type of innovation found within the laser community," he said.
"It is extremely gratifying to be honored with this prestigious award," said Gunn. "Throughout my career, I have dedicated myself to the advancements of optics and photonics. With the help of the Luxtera team, we are changing the face of the industry and this award is further validation of our hard work."