Benjamin G. Lee joined IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in May of 2009 as a post-doctoral researcher. He is currently a research staff member investigating optical communications within next-generation computing systems. His current research is particularly focused toward increasing bandwidth density and power efficiency in highly-parallel optical interconnects by exploring both single-mode and multimode solutions. Of particular interest is the use of integrated photonic switches to build networks which exist at the boundary between traditional circuit- and packet-switched paradigms.
Ben received the B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University in 2004, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in 2006 and 2009, respectively, all in electrical engineering.
Ben has served as an Associate Vice President and currently serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Photonics Society. He is a member of the Optical Society. He has served on technical program committees for the Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) conference (2015-2017), the Optical Interconnects Conference (2015-2017), the International Photonics in Switching Conference (2012-2014), and the International Symposium on Networks-on-Chip (2010-2013). He served as a subcommittee chair at OFC 2017. He has served as Program Chair and General Chair for the Optical Interconnects Conference in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Also, he is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University.