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Review Of The IEEE Conference On Avionics, Fiber-Optics And Photonics 2009 (AVFOP-2009)
Dr. Paul Polishuk

President & CEO

IGI Consulting, Inc.

Thursday - October 1, 2009
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

$295.00 USD*

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Bill Stewart, P.E.

Aerospace Technology Development and Integration Consultant

Briefing Abstract

The aerospace industry has made real strides in recent years deploying fiber optics and photonics technology on commercial and military platforms. This trend will continue to grow as avionics system architectures, networking schemes, and components evolve and mature. In parallel with data and video transmission, photonics technology for analog/RF, flight control, free-space communication, and vehicle monitoring applications will have an increasing role in aerospace platforms. This webinar will review the progress that has been made in applying fiber optics to commercial and military systems, provide an analysis of papers presented at the AVFOP Conference, and highlight technology needs that still need development. 

Participants Will Learn:

  • What was the "BUZZ" at the conference on Fiber Optics for Aerospace
  • New product development for aerospace
  • New programs and contract awards - What are the major technology trends
  • What exhibitors were present - Potential new markets for fiber optics
  • Where is the focus of the technology
  • New product development requirements

Speaker Profile

Dr. Paul Polishuk is President and Chairman of the Board of the IGI Group of Companies, which includes IGI Consulting Inc., Information Gatekeepers Inc., IGICom and twelve overseas offices. Information Gatekeepers Inc., the original company of the Group, was founded in 1977. All companies are involved in providing information and analysis of fiber optics and telecommunications markets and technology trends worldwide. He is a well known expert on fiber optics and telecommunications technology and markets. Since 1977, Dr. Polishuk has been involved in analyzing, studying, lecturing and promoting the fiber optics industry around the world. He continues to be involved in numerous studies involving the fiber optics, plastic optical fiber, the design of fiber optic networks SONET/SDH, video-on-demand, ATM, IPTV, fiber to the premise as well as markets for submarine fiber optic cable and and the application of fiber optics in such industries as electric utilities and defense. A number of his recent assignments have involved mergers and acquisitions, transfer of technology, joint ventures and new fiber optic start-up ventures. Dr. Polishuk has traveled extensively and has lectured on fiber optics in China, Russia, Eastern Europe and Africa. He has advised governments on technology policy with regard to fiber optics, such as the United States, Russia, India and Bermuda. Finally, he was responsible for the design of a data network for Korea which resulted in DACOM. Dr. Polishuk founded Horizon House International, a company formed to organize the first major telecommunications trade show in the United States. Within one year he , in February 1976, doubled the sales of the company as compared to its parent company, which had been in business for 20 years. He left Horizon House International in November 1977 to form Information Gatekeepers Inc. after successfully organizing the first International Telecommunications Exposition to be held in the US. In August 1971, he joined the Office of Telecommunications, US Department of Commerce, as Deputy Director. He was Director of the organization's Policy Support Division, which was responsible for Telecommunications Policy Development for the White House. Dr. Polishuk became Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Telecommunications in August 1972 and served in this capacity until February 1976 when he left Federal service. From June 1968 to June 1970, Dr. Polishuk was the first Director of Planning for the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and was Senior Research Scientist at the Laboratory from October 1956 to June 1968. Dr. Paul Polishuk received a B.S. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Ohio State in 1962 and 1964. In 1971, he received and S.M. in Management from MIT, after spending a year as a Sloan Fellow.

Bill Stewart, P.E. is an Aerospace Technology Development and Integration Consultant with over thirty years of avionics experience at the Fort Worth facility for General Dynamics, Lockheed, and finally the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.  (Retired)  His background includes systems engineering with Electronic Countermeasures (ECM), Communications, Navigation, and Identification (CNI), Advanced Development Programs - Technology Development and Integration - Mission Systems and Avionics - Independent Research and Development – Photonics research management (Senior Staff Specialist).  This fiber optics marketing presentation is based primarily on his experience in marketing fiber optics networks on aerospace platforms within customer, company, and supplier settings. Mr. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.