LIEUTENANT GENERAL EUGENE L. “GENE” TATTINI
Lt. Gen. Eugene L. “Gene” Tattini is commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. He is responsible for managing the research, design, development and acquisition of space launch, command and control, and satellite systems. With more than 3,200 employees nationwide and an annual total obligation authority in excess of $5 billion, SMC is the nation’s center of excellence for military space acquisition. The general is the Air Force’s designated acquisition commander for the Air Force Satellite Control Network, the Space Lift Ranges, the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, the Space Based Laser Program, and the Atlas, Delta, Titan and Inertial Upper Stage families of launch vehicles that provide assured access to space.
The general was born in Madison, Wis., and graduated from Hampton (Va.) High School in 1961. A distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Illinois, he entered the Air Force as a second lieutenant in 1965. In his 33-year Air Force career, he has served in various space, acquisitions and logistics assignments. Prior to assuming his current position, he commanded the Sacramento Air Logistics Center at McClellan Air Force Base.
Jerry Brusher, Ph.D.
Coherent Optical Networking
IC Design Engineer / Site Manager, Champaign Design Center
Finisar Corporation, Champaign, IL
Even though optical networks carry nearly all of the data, video, and voice around the
world, few people have any familiarity with these networks beyond the few megabit
networks provided by local cable companies. This talk will discuss recent advances in
optical networking, focusing on coherent networking technologies that are helping push
optical network capacity toward one petabit per second operation.
Jonathan Ashbrook received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998 and 2000. In 2002 he joined
venture-funded Intersymbol Communications in Champaign, IL, where he lead the
development of custom DSP chips for OC-192 chipsets. During this time, he was
awarded the 2006 IEEE JSSC Best Paper Award. In 2007 Intersymbol Communications
was acquired by Finisar Corporation where he continues to lead the digital development
for optical networking chipsets for 10, 40, and 100 Gb/s applications. He currently holds
seven patents. He is a member of the ECE Alumni Board of Directors, and IEEE.