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Joseph Palais

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Professor Emeritus (FSC)
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5706
Biography

Joseph Palais joined the faculty in 1964 and is the graduate program chair and an Emeritus Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University. He is also academic director of online and professional programs for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He has published a textbook on fiber optics. The book has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Persian. He has contributed chapters to numerous books, written more than 41 research articles in refereed journals, and presented more than 35 papers at scientific meetings. He has presented more than 150 short courses on fiber optics.

His areas of expertise include fiber optic communication, holography and distance learning.

Education
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan 1964
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan 1962
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Arizona 1959
Publications

Books Published

  • Fiber Optic Communications, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ, 1984, 2nd ed., 1988, 3rd ed., 1992, 4th ed. 1998, 5th ed. 2005.
  • Fiber Optic Communications, Korean translation, 3rd ed. 1998, 4th ed. 2002, 5th ed. 2005.
  • Fiber Optic Communications, Chinese translation, Publishing House of Electronics Industry, 2005.
  • Fiber Optic Communications, English version, Publishing House of Electronics Industry, 2005.
  • Fiber Optic Communications, Persian translation, 2002.
  • Fiber Optic Communications, Syrian translation, 1994.
  • Fiber Optic Communications, Taiwan translation, 1998.
  • Fiber Optic Communications, Prentice Hall International Editions, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2005.
  • Fiber Optic Communications, Japanese translation, Morikita Publishing Co., Tokyo, 1986.
  • Fiber Optic System Design, Information Gatekeepers, Inc., 1989.
  • Coherent Optical Engineering, Arizona State University, Aug. 1977 (textbook).
  • Fiber Optical Communications and Applications, with Chun-Nan Chen, New Wun Ching Developmental Publishing Co., Taipei County, Taiwan, 2004.

Book Chapters

  • Fiber Optic Systems and Devices with Microcomputer Software, with D. Johnson, Kern International, Inc., 1987.
  • Fiber-Optic Communications, Chapter in Magill’s Survey of Science: Applied Science., Salem Press, Pasadena, CA, pp. 929-935, 1993.
  • Communications, Optical, Long Distance, section in The Electrical Engineering Handbook, edited by R.C. Dorf, CRC Press,  pp. 1427-1434, 1993.
  • Long Distance Fiber Optic Communications, Section 71.2 in The Electrical Engineering Handbook, 2nd ed., edited by R.C. Dorf, CRC Press and IEEE Press,  pp. 1584-1591, 1997.
  • Long Distance Fiber Optic Communications, Section 3.2 in The Electrical Engineering Handbook (Broadcasting and Optical Communication Technology), edited by R.C. Dorf, CRC Press and IEEE Press,  pp. 3.10-3.18,  3rd ed. 2006.
  • LF-4310 Laboratory System for Fiber Optics, editor, Laser Tools and Technics Corp., 1992.
  • Optical Communications, section in The Engineering Handbook, edited by R.C. Dorf, CRC Press and IEEE Press,  Chapter 131, pp. 1423-1428, 1996.
  • Optical Communications, section in The Engineering Handbook, 2nd ed., edited by R.C. Dorf, CRC Press and IEEE Press,  Chapter 140, pp. 140.1-140.6, 2004.
  • Fiber Optic Communications Systems,  Chapter 54 in The Communications Handbook,  edited by J.D. Gibson, CRC Press,  pp. 731-739, 1997.
  • Passive Optical Components, Chapter 60 in The Communications Handbook,  edited by J.D. Gibson, CRC Press, pp. 824-831, 1997.
  • The Communications Handbook,  Advisory Board, edited by J.D. Gibson, CRC Press,  1997.
  • Fiber Optic Communications Systems,  Chapter 44 in The Communications Handbook,  2nd ed., edited by J.D. Gibson, CRC Press,  pp. 44.1-44.9, 2002.
  • Passive Optical Components, Chapter 50 in The Communications Handbook,  2nd ed., edited by J.D. Gibson, CRC Press, pp. 50.1-50.8, 2002.
  • Dennis Gabor, section in The Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists, ed. Richard Olson, Marshall Cavendish Corp, New York, January, 1998, pp. 461-464.
  • Microoptics-Based Components for Networking,  Chapter 10 in the Optical Society of America Handbook of Optics (Volume IV), edited by M. Bass, McGraw-Hill, 2001.
  • Microoptics-Based Components for Networking, Chapter 10 in Fiber Optics Handbook; Fiber, Devices, and Systems for Optical Communications, edited by M. Bass and E. VanStryland, McGraw-Hill, 2002.
  • Optical Communications, Chapter 14 in Handbook of Engineering Electromagnetics, pp. 507-548, Marcel Dekker, edited by Rajeev Bansal, August, 2004.

Principal Publications

  • “Scattering from a Gyrotropic Cylinder,” IEEE Trans. on Antennas and Propagation, July 1963.
  • “Radiation from a Ferrite Cylinder,” J. of Applied Physics, Vol. 35, No. 3, Part 2, March 1964.
  • “A Complete Solution of the Inductive Iris with TE10 Incidence in Rectangular Waveguide,” IEEE Trans. on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Vol. MTT-15, March 1967, pp. 156-160.
  • “The Inductive Iris Double Discontinuity,” Applied Scientific Research, January 1969, pp. 61-76.
  • “Scanned Beam Holography,” Applied Optics, Vol. 9, March 1970, pp. 709-711.
  • “Stability-Time Reduction in Hologram Construction,” presented at the 1970 Spring Meeting of the Optical Society of America, J. of the Optical Society of America, Vol. 60, May 1970, p. 714.
  • “Improving the Efficiency of Very Low Efficiency Holograms by Copying,” Applied Optics, Vol. 10, March 1971, pp. 667-668.
  • “Coherent Optics in Electrical Engineering Education,” Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 59, June 1971, pp. 992-994.
  • “Some Aspects of Scanned Reference Beam Holography,” Applied Optics, Vol. 11, February 1972, pp. 481-482.
  • “Holographic Pinhole Imaging,” J. of the Optical Society of America, Vol. 63, January 1973, pp. 101-102.
  • “Holography of Submerged Objects,” with J. Biemer and I. Kaufman, J. of Applied Physics, Vol. 45, August 1974, pp. 3516-3520.
  • “Compact Holographic Storage and Projection of Two-Dimensional Movies,” with J. Watson and S. Morrison, Optical Engineering, Vol. 15, March/April 1976, pp. 173-179.
  • “Short Courses on Fiber Optical Communications,” IEEE Transactions on Education, Vol. 23, May 1980, pp. 59-62.
  • “Fiber Coupling Using Graded-Index Rod Lenses,” Applied Optics, Vol. 19, June 15, 1980, pp. 2011-2018.
  • “Fiber-Optic Media,” Electronic Engineering Times, March 31, 1981, p. 48.
  • “Fiber Optic Communications,” Technology in Focus(Quarterly Review of Systems Technology), Vol. 2, Fall 1984, pp. 7-13.
  • “Frequency Division Multiplexing Using High-Radiance 800-nm Light-Emitting Diodes,” with C. Moyer, J. Escher and H. Pirastehfar, J. of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 2, December 1984, pp. 1052-1056.
  • “Fiber Optics…A Short Course, Part 1,” Wire Tech., Vol. XIII, Jan./Feb. 1985, pp. 40-42.
  • “Fiber Optics…A Short Course, Part 2,” Wire Tech., Vol. XIII, Mar./Apr. 1985, pp. 36-39.
  • “Fiber Optic System Design,” Fiber Optics Handbook, Vol. VI, Information Gatekeepers, Inc., September 1985, pp. 21-35, 44-47.
  • “Fibre Optic Education,” J. of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers, Vol. 32, No. 4, 1986, pp. 301-306.
  • “Coupling Efficiency of Single-Mode Fiber Components Using GRIN Rod Lenses,” with Y. Lu and Y. Chen,  Fiber and Integrated Optics, Vol. 7, No. 2, 1988, pp. 85-107.
  • “Multichannel Buffer Insertion Ring LAN,” with T.I. Yuk, Computer Communications,  Vol. 14,  No. 8, October 1991, pp. 443-450.
  • “Power Limitations in Fiber-Optic Frequency-Division Multiplexed Systems,”  with T. Y. Lin and S. Tariq, Fiber and Integrated Optics, Vol. 10, No. 1, 1991, pp. 75-94.
  • “Digital Fiber Optic Network Synthesis,” with C. S. Bergstrom, IEEE LTS: The Magazine of Lightwave Telecommunications Systems,  February 1992, pp. 27-33.
  • “Photonics Enrichment of the Electrical Engineering Curriculum,” with N. Gallagher and H. Stark, IEEE Transactions on Education, May  1992, pp. 103-108.
  • “A Computer Model of Non-Dispersion-Limited Stimulated Raman Scattering in Optical Fiber Multiple-Channel Communications,” with S. Tariq, IEEE J. of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 11, No. 12, December 1993, pp. 1914-1924.
  • “Single-Mode Fiber Coupling Efficiency Using Graded-Index Rod Lenses,”  with R.W. Gilsdorf, Applied Optics, Vol. 33, No. 16, June 1994, pp. 3440-3445.
  • “The Arizona State University Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Open Laboratory,” with C. Javurek, IEEE Transactions on Education, Vol. 39, No. 2, May 1996, pp. 257-264.
  • “Hologram Movies,” with Mark Miller, Optical Engineering, Vol. 35, No. 9, September 1996, pp. 2578-2582.
  • “Stimulated Raman Scattering in Fiber Optic Systems,” with Salim Tariq, Fiber and Integrated Optics, Vol. 15, No. 4, 1996, pp. 335-352.
  • “Fiber Bragg Grating Coherence Spectrum Modeling, Simulation and Characteristics,” with Yanyu Zhou, IEEE J. of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 15, No. 1, January 1997, pp. 154-161.
  • “New Single-Mode Polarization Scrambler,” with Paisheng Shen, Optical Fiber Technology, Vol. 3, No. 2, April 1997, pp. 184-188.
  • “Tunable Singlemode Fibre Depolarizer,” with Paisheng Shen and Chinlon Lin, Electronics Letters, Vol. 33, No. 12, June 1997, pp. 1077-1078.
  • “Fiber Recirculating Delay Line Tunable Depolarizer,” with Paisheng Shen and Chinlon Lin, Applied Optics, Vol. 37, No. 3, 20 January  1998, pp. 443-448.
  • “Simulation and Characteristics of Long-Period Fiber Bragg Grating Coherence Spectrum,” with Yanyu Zhao,  IEEE J. of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 16, No. 4,  April 1998, pp. 554-561.
  • “Passive Single-Mode Fiber Depolarizer,” with Paisheng Shen, Applied Optics, Vol. 38, No. 9, March 1999, pp. 1686-1691.
  • “Depolarization Bandwidth of   Fiber Optic Passive Depolarizers,” with Massimo Martinelli, Optical Engineering, Vol. 40, No. 1, January 2001, pp. 142-143.
  • “Theory of a Tunable Fiber Ring Depolarizer,” with Massimo Martinelli, Applied Optics, Vol. 40, No. 18, 20 June 2001, pp. 3014-3018.
  • “Dual Fiber-Ring Depolarizer,” with Massimo Martinelli, IEEE J. of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 19, No. 6, June 2001, pp. 899-905.
  • “Engineering Online: Assessing Innovative Education,” with Susan Haag, ASEE J. of Engineering Education, July 2002, pp. 285-290.
  • “Improving a School’s U.S. News and World Report Ranking,” with Konstantinos Tsakalis,  ASEE J. of Engineering Education, July 2004, pp. 259-263.

Conference Presentations

  • “Pattern and Efficiency Studies of Miniaturized Slot Antennas Using High ‘Q’ Ferrites,” with A.T. Adams and J.A.M. Lyons, 12th Annual USAF Antenna Symposium, 1962.
  • “Asymmetrical Scattering from a Ferrite Cylinder, “Proceedings of the National Electronics Conference, 1962.
  • “Radiation from a Ferrite Cylinder,” Ninth Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Atlantic City, NJ, Nov. 12-15, 1963.
  • “Holographic Storage and Projection of Conventional Movies,” Annual Meeting of the Optical Society of America, Oct. 1974, J. of the Optical Society of America, Vol. 63, Jan. 1973, pp. 101-102.
  • Systems Design for Fiber Optical Communications, Information Gatekeepers, Inc. Brookline, MA, Sept. 1980.
  • “Intermodulation in Analog Multiplexing of Fiber Optic Television Systems,” with H. Pirastehfar, Phoenix Conference on Computers and Communications, May 1982.
  • “Frequency Division Multiplexing Using High-Radiance 800-nm Light-Emitting Diodes,” with C. Moyer, J. Escher and H. Pirastehfar, OSA Sixth Topical Meeting on Optical Fiber Communication, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 1983.
  • “Frequency-Division Multiplexing for Fiber-Optic Television Transmission,” Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, Sept. 1983.
  • “Laser Diode Linewidth Measurement Techniques,” invited paper with T.Y. Lin, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Conference, March 1986.  Conference Record IMTC/86, pp. 226-228
  • “Fiber Optic Components,” invited talk, SAE Aerospace Avionics Equipment & Integration Conference & Exhibit, Phoenix, April 1986.
  • “Characteristics of Single-Mode Fiber Components Using a GRIN Rod Lens,” with Y. Lu and Y. Chen, SPIE O-E/Fibers ’87, San Diego, CA, Aug. 1987.  Conference Proceedings, Vol. 839, Aug. 1987, pp. 79-90.
  • “Arizona State University’s Industrial Fellows Program for Master’s Degree Studies,” ASEE 1988 College Industry Education Conference, San Diego, CA, Feb. 1988.  Conference Proceedings.
  • “Optics in Electrical Engineering,” 1988 International Conference on Education in Optics, San Diego, Aug. 1988.  Poster paper.
  • “Analysis of Multichannel Token Ring Network,” with T. Yuk, IEEE International Conference on Communication Systems ’88, Singapore, Nov. 1988.  Conference Proceedings, pp. 907-911.
  • “Lightwave Technology Laboratory Experiences,” 1989 Annual Conference, ASEE, Lincoln, June 1989, Conference Proceedings, pp. 1210-1212.
  • “Analysis of Wavelength Division Multiplexing Technique for Optical Data Storage,” with T. Yuk, APCOT 90 Asia-Pacific Conference on Optical Technology, Singapore, October 1990. SPIE Conference Proceedings, Optical Data Storage Technologies, Vol. 1401, pp. 130-137.
  • “Wavelength-Division Multiplexed Ring Networks,” with T. Yuk, OE/Fibers ’92, Boston, September 1992.  SPIE Conference Proceedings, High-Speed Fiber Networks and Channels II, Vol. 1784, pp. 158-168.
  • “History and Theory of Optical Communications,” invited paper, National Communications Forum, Chicago, October 1992.  Annual Review of Communications, National Engineering Consortium, Vol. 46, pp. 438-441, Dec. 1992.
  • “Fiber Optic Communications,” invited paper, ABULL Bull Computer Users  Conference, October 1993, Phoenix.
  • “Fiber Optics,” invited paper, ASU Investigates the Information Superhighway, October 1994, Phoenix.
  • “A Continuous and Shutterless Hologram Movie,” with Mark Miller, SPIE Photonics West ’95, February 1995, San Jose, CA.  SPIE Conference Proceedings, Practical Holography IX, SPIE Vol. 2406, pp. 27-32.
  • “Theoretical Modeling of Er-doped Waveguide Laser using Time-Domain Algorithm,” with T.I. Yuk, Y.M. Ma, and S.F. Yu, International Conference on Applications of Photonic Technology (ICAPT ‘96), Montreal, July 1996. Applications of Photonic Technology 2, ed. G.A. Lampropoulos and R.A. Lessard, Plenum Press, New York, 1997, pp. 99-104.
  • “Corona Discharge Effect on Fiber Optic Cables,” with G. Karady, M. Muralidhar, M. Tuominen, American Power Conference, April 1997, Chicago.
  • “Corona Discharge Caused Deterioration of ADSS Fiber Optic Cables,” with G. Karady, M. Muralidhar, and M. Tuominen, 10th International Symposium on High Voltage Engineering, Conference Proceedings, vol. 6, pp. 177-180.
  • “Numerical Simulation as a Modeling and Teaching Tool of Optical Devices and Systems,” with T.I. Yuk, S.F. Yu, and P. Shum, SPIE Fifth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training  in Optics, August 1997, Delft, The Netherlands. SPIE Conference Proceedings, SPIE Vol. 3190, pp. 271-278.
  • “Fiber Optics Communications,” invited paper, Engineers Club of the Sun Cities Area, June 1997, Sun City AZ.
  • “Optical Fiber Communications Courses: Education or Entertainment?,” invited paper, Optical Fiber Communications Conference, OFC’99, San Diego, 1999.
  • “Technology-Enhanced Fiber-Optic Education,” Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (ETOP’99), Cancun, Mexico, July 1999. SPIE Conference Proceedings, SPIE Vol. 3831, pp. 252-258, June, 2000.
  • “Next Generation DWDM Networks: Demands, Capabilities and Limitations,” with S. Tariq, M.K. Dhodhi, and R. E. Ahmed, Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, May 7-10, 2000.
  • “Web-based fiber-optic communications course,” Opto Southwest, September 17-18, 2001, Tucson, AZ.
  • “The Arizona Tri-University Master of Engineering Program,” with others, ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, November 6-9, 2002, Boston. http://fie.engrng.pitt.edu/fie2002/index.htm
  • “Arizona Tri-University Master of Engineering Program,” International Online Conference on Teaching Online in Higher Education, Expanding the Frontiers, with others, November 12-14, 2002. http://www.ipfw.edu/as/2002tohe/master.htm
  • “Arizona’s Master of Engineering Program,” ASEE/SAFI/TUB International Colloquium, Global Changes in Engineering Education, with others, October 1-4, 2002, Berlin. http://www.asee.org/conferences/international/default.cfm
  • “Evolution of a class in fiber-optic communications,” Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (ETOP’03), Tucson, Arizona, October 6-8, 2003. SPIE Conference Proceedings published on CD-ROM.

Over 200 short course seminars presented, principally on fiber optics.

Research Activity
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
FSE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 684Internship
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
FSE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 684Internship
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
FSE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 684Internship
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EEE 499Individualized Instruction
EEE 590Reading and Conference
EEE 592Research
EEE 595Continuing Registration
FSE 595Continuing Registration
EEE 599Thesis
EEE 680Practicum
EEE 684Internship
EEE 690Reading and Conference
EEE 790Reading and Conference
EEE 792Research
EEE 795Continuing Registration
EEE 799Dissertation
Honors / Awards

Palais is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, elected for contributions to university and continuing education, primarily in the area of fiber optical communications.In 1999 he was presented the Conferences and Professional Programs (CaPP) Faculty Service Award from the University Continuing Education Association, Washington, 1999.

In recognition of his contributions to continuous education (particularly in the area of fiber optics), he received the IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education in 1993. Dr. Palais was presented the IEEE Phoenix Section 1974 Annual Achievement Award for Contributions to Education, Academic and Industrial Research, and IEEE Technical Activities.

In 2007, Professor Palais was presented the Daniel Jankowski Legacy Award by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Work History

Palais is a Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE) at Arizona State University (ASU) where he has been teaching since 1964. He is the ECEE Graduate Program Chair.

Prior to his work at ASU, Palais worked as a Microwave Engineer for Motorola and for Stanford Research Institute. In 1973 he served as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Service

Professor Palais, longtime graduate program chair, and his wife Sandra, established the Palais Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. This award is presented annually to the best graduating doctoral student in the electrical engineering program.

Consulting

Palais has been a consultant to several firms, including Sperry Flight Systems, Sylvania, and Polaroid. In 1967, Palais was awarded a Ford Foundation Residency in Engineering Practice. As part of the award he spent a year with Sylvania’s Electro-Optics Organization. In 1973 he served as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.