Technical Advisory Board

John Hughes
Chairman, Technical Advisory Board

John Hughes has over 20 years experience in the telecommunications market space while serving in Research and Development, Product Management, Marketing, and Business Management positions. John has participated in concept-to-market product developments for Class IV DCO switches, Digital Loop Carrier Systems, Digital Cross-Connects, PDH and SONET/SDH lightwave systems, and optically amplified long-haul WDM transport systems. In the mid-80s, as a Director, John established the North American engineering group for Bosch Telecom and helped grow the organization to enable 3 successful new transport products for US carriers including MCI, Sprint, United Telecom and WorldCom/Wiltel. In 1996, John established the North American Optical Transport business unit for Siemens and, as Business Manager, oversaw US customer account development as well as product development in Boca Raton, Munich, and Taipei to successfully introduce the TransXpress Infinity in '98 with 3-year revenues exceeding $200 Million. In 1999, John joined Qtera as VP and CTO to lead product development activities on the first terrestrial ULH DWDM transport system. Qtera was acquired by Nortel Networks in 2000, and the ULH product was deployed in 2001 with first year revenues in the range of $200 Million. John is now a consultant with Pinon Horizon Consulting.

Krish Prabhu

Krish Prabhu is widely recognized as one of the telecommunication industry's true visionaries. Prabhu retired as chief executive officer and president of Tellabs in February, 2008. Prior to joining Tellabs in 2004, Prabhu was a venture partner at Morgenthaler Ventures from 2001 until 2004, where he was involved with the funding and development of several communications and information technology companies. Prabhu served as chief operating officer of Alcatel Telecom from 1999-2001 and as chief executive officer of Alcatel USA from 1997 to 1999. He began his telecommunications career in 1980 at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a member of the technical staff.

Krish holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Bangalore University in India, and a Master of Science degree in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, India. He also holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He has previously served on the boards of public companies Symmetricom, Agere, ECI Telecom and Freescale.

Professor Asad Abidi

Asad A. Abidi received the B.Sc.(Hon.) degree from Imperial College, London in 1976 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1978 and 1981. He was at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ from 1981 to 1984 as a Member of Technical Staff in the Advanced LSI Development Laboratory. Since 1985, he has been at the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of California, Los Angeles where he is Professor. He was a Visiting Faculty Researcher at Hewlett Packard Laboratories during 1989. He is a recipient of many awards, is a Fellow of the IEEE, and he was named one of the top ten contributors to the ISSCC.

Alan Solheim

Dr. Alan Solheim holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Waterloo. With more than 21 years of industry experience in Telecommunications, Alan leads the Product Management for DragonWave, a leading innovator in high capacity broadband wireless networking systems. Prior to joining DragonWave, Alan was Chief Technology Officer at Innovance Networks, a reconfigurable optical networking start-up. Prior to Innovance, Alan was a Vice President at Nortel Networks responsible for market strategy in the metro transport group. Alan has extensive experience, notably working on 6 generations of fiber optic transmission systems, and the system design authority for Nortel's OC-192 program.

Alan has over 50 patents that he has been principal or co-author of, numerous papers in industry journals and has acted on a variety of industry and conference committees.

Donald Treen

Don joined insyte in August 2005 as the VP, Canadian Operations. Don brings with him more than 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, including 2 years at Siemens AG in Germany, 28 years at Nortel in Ottawa, and most recently 2 years as Director of the ST Microelectronics Design Centre in Ottawa. From low speed electronic telephone circuits to high speed 10G optical networking IC's Don has been involved in the design, process technology definition and selection, modeling, product definition, product engineering, and product line management of multiple silicon custom analog and digital ASIC IC's while providing leadership to an increasingly large and diversely talented team over the years. Don's focus has always been on delivering complex, leading edge telecom IC's in advanced technologies.

Don received his BAsc from the University of Toronto in Engineering Science and his MEng and PhD degrees in Electronics from Carleton University in Ottawa.