Young-Kai (Y.K.) Chen, is a Program Manager with the Microsystems Technology Office at DARPA. Before joined DARPA in September 2017, he was a Senior Director at Nokia Bell Labs supporting research groups to explore high speed electronics and optoelectronics for advanced wireless and optic fiber communication networks. Dr. Chen and his teams had contributed to first commercial integrated DFB-EAM devices, implemented silicon-based frontend ICs for 3G/4G/5G millimeter-wave backhaul radios, explored coherent optical receivers and launched the first commercial 100Gbps optical transponders in 2011. His team also developed silicon photonics ICs for microwave photonics and 100G data links.
Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University. He was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, National Taiwan University and National Chiao Tung University. Dr. Chen is a Fellow of Bell Labs, IEEE and OSA, a member of the Academia Sinica and National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of IEEE David Sarnoff Award and Edison Patent Award.