Rob Kalman, PhD
Rob Kalman is co-founder and CTO of Avicena. Rob has a long history of successfully bringing leading-edge optical communications solutions to market. He was on the founding teams of Optivision, ONI Systems, and Luminous Networks. Most recently, he was VP of Engineering for Kaiam where he led development of 100Gbps and 400Gbps optical transceivers for hyperscale data centers. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Chris Pfistner, PhD
Chris Pfistner joined Avicena in September of 2021 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Chris has over 25 years of experience in Sales, Marketing, Product Line Management, and Business Development in the global fiber optic module and systems market. Prior to Avicena, Chris held executive positions with Jabil Photonics, Lumentum, Finisar/II-VI, NeoPhotonics, Terawave, Advanced Fibre and Pirelli Optical Systems.
Chris holds Ph.D. and MS and BS degrees in Applied Physics from the University of Berne. He has authored over 30 international papers and presentations, and he was Committee Chair for the Market Watch and Service Provider Summit programs at OFC for many years.