Frederick M. Sears, PhD

Title:  Research Director

Company: Corning Inc.

Location:  Corning, NY United States


  • Inductee, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement (2019)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Marquis Who’s Who (1994-1995)
  • Member, Board of Directors, MIT Microphotonics Center (2012–Present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Black Technology Network, Corning Inc. (2013-2015)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Society of Black Professionals, Corning Inc. (2010-2013)
  • Corning Incorporated Division Cash Awards
  • Invited Talk, “All-optical networks of the 21st Century,” Scientist Symposium, Morehouse
    College, Atlanta, GA (April 2, 1998)
  • Invited Talk, “Minority Technical Professionals: Strategies for Success,” National Society of
    Black Engineers (NSBE), MIT, Cambridge, MA (October 14, 1997)
  • NTT (Nippon Telegraph & Telephone) President’s Award for Research and Development of
    High-density Optical Cable and Connecting Technologies (December, 1996)
  • Siemens’ 150 Year Anniversary Innovations Award (1997)
  • Outstanding Program Leadership Award (January, 1996)
  • ComForum Award for AT&T AccuRibbon Lightguide Cable (June, 1990)
  • AT&T Exceptional Contribution Award (1988, 1989, 1990)
  • Best Paper Award, Co-authored for the Conference on Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) (March, 1983)
  • Session Chair, MIT Microphotonics Center Fall/Spring Meetings (2012-2014)
  • Editor, Journal of Optical Communications (1999-2007)
  • Selected, OFC subcommittee on Fiber, Cables, and Fiber Components (1993-1997)
  • Session Chair, “Advances in Optical Fibers and Cables,” OFC ’96 (Optical Society of
    America, OSA)
  • Session Chair, “Optical Fiber Measurements,” OFC (1995)
  • Session Chair, “Measurement Techniques and Polymer Waveguides,” OFC (1994)
  • Reviewed technical papers for the following journals: OSA Journal of Lightwave
    Technology, Photonics Technology Letters, Applied Optics, Optics Letters
  • Selected, OSA Tyndall Award Committee (1991)
  • Member, Optical Society of America
  • Member, Pi Tau Sigma, MIT Pi Kappa Chapter, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
  • Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity
  • Member, Board of Directors, Western Piedmont Symphony, Hickory, NC (2000-2001)
  • Member, Catawba Science Center Youth Alive, Advisory Committee, Hickory, NC (1996-1997)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Catawba Science Center, Hickory, NC (1993-1996)
  • Chairperson, Catawba Science Center Education Committee, Hickory, NC (1993-1996)
  • Member, Math/Science Education Task Force for the Catawba Project 2000, Hickory, NC
  • Member, Board of Directors, Plainfield Science Center, Plainfield, NJ (1982-1984)
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who, Honorable Member (2001-2002)
  • One Thousand Great Americans (2001)
  • Technology and the Dream: Reflections on the Black Experience at MIT (1941-1999)
  • Clarence G. Williams, MIT Press (2001)
  • International Who’s Who of Professional Management (2001)
  • Who’s Who (1999-2000)
  • International Who’s Who of Professionals (1998)
  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 4th Edition (1997-1998)
  • Men of Achievement, 17th Edition (1996)
  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 3rd Edition (1996-1997)
  • Man of the Year, American Biographical Institute (1996)
  • Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 20th Edition (1986-1987)
  • International Who’s Who in Optical Science and Engineering, 5th Edition
  • Who’s Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology, 1st and 2nd Edition
  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 2nd Edition
  • Who’s Who in the East, 19th Edition, 1983-1984
  • Community Leaders of the World, 1st Edition
  • Men of Achievement, 10th Edition (1983)
  • Outstanding Young Man of America (1982)


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • BS, MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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