Tiejun (TJ) Xia,’94PhD received the UCF 2013 Professional Achievement Award for the College of Optics and Photonics. The award was presented at the UCF Alumni Association’s annual Black and Gold Gala on November 7, 2013.
Dr. Xia received his PhD from CREOL in 1994 and had a distinguished career in optical communication. In 2007, at Verizon Communication, he led a team that accomplished the fastest field test ever for live streaming video, in which live video traffic was carried in field at 100-Gb/s over a distance of more than 500 km for the first time. Because of this accomplishment he received the “2008 Telecom Leaders Circle” award from Verizon. Since 2008 he has been a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) at Verizon Communication. Dr. Xia was recently elected as a Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA). When asked what advice he would give to an incoming graduate student, he said “In addition to obtaining good grades, do not forget to train yourself to be more innovative.”