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Gerard A. Alphonse attended New York University where he obtained the B.S.E.E. degree in 1958 and the M.S.E.E. degree in 1959. In 1963, he attended the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn under a grant from RCA Laboratories and received his Ph.D. in Electrophysics in 1967. Dr. Alphonse has been a member of the technical staff at the RCA Laboratories since June 1959, and a faculty member at LaSalle since 1967. His work at RCA has included the development of superconductive memories, for which he received an "Outstanding Research Award" from RCA. His other research activities have included photochromic memories, acoustooptics, holography, electrooptics, and ultrasonic imaging. He is currently doing research on videodisc recording.
Dr. Alphonse holds 16 U.S. patents, and is a faculty member in the Evening Division of LaSalle College in Philadelphia, where he is at present serving as Chairman of the Electronic Physics Department. In October 1975 he was appointed as a consultant to the Engineering Science and Analysis Section of the Engineering Divison of NSF for a period of two years. He is a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the American Institute of Physics, the Optical Society of America, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and the Franklin Institute.
- RCA 1982 Company Biography
Gerard A. Alphonse attended the Institution of St. Louis de Gonzague, Haiti, from 1940 to 1953. He obtained the BSEE degree in 1958 and the MSEE degree in 1959, both from New York University. In 1963, he attended the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn under a grant from RCA Laboratories and received a PhD degree in Electrophysics in 1967. Dr. Alphonse has been a Member of the Technical Staff at RCA Laboratories, Princeton, NJ, since 1959. His work has included the development of superconductive memories, for which he received an RCA Laboratories Outstanding Research Award in 1960. His other research has covered photochromic memories, acousto-optics holography, electro-optics, and ultrasonic imaging. He is currently doing research on video disc recording.
He has been a faculty member in the Evening Division of La Salle College, Philadelphia, since 1967, and is currently Chairman of the Electronic Physics Department. In 1975, he was appointed a consultant to the Engineering Science and Analysis section of the Engineering Division of the National Science Foundation for a period of two years. Dr. Alphonse has published over 18 articles. He holds 16 U.S. patents, and has several others pending. He is a Senior member of the IEEE and a member of the American institute of Physics, the Optical Society of America, the Science and Arts Committee of the Franklin Institute, and the honorary societies Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi.
- RCA 1986 Company Biography
In 2002, Gerard Alphonse was Chair of the NE chapter of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.
Gerard A. Alphonse holds the BSEE and MSEE from New York University, and a PhD in Electrophysics from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. He joined the RCA Laboratories (now Sarnoff Corporation) in 1959. In January 2003, he took retirement from Sarnoff to pursue his interest in consulting start-up high-tech companies.
Dr. Alphonse's career at Sarnoff involves pioneering work and major contributions in a broad range of technical areas. From 1959 to 1967 he worked on the development of superconductive devices. His other research activities include original contributions in the development of photochromic cathode ray storage and projection tubes, holography in photorefractive media, broadband acousto-optic deflectors, holographic data storage, ultrasonic imaging for medical diagnostics, videodiscs, optical disc media development. He has served as chief scientist and program manager for the development of semiconductor laser diode arrays, optical amplifiers, superluminescent diodes, the psychophysics of large area displays, vision modeling, and distributed feedback lasers for cesium atomic clocks.
In 1986 he invented and demonstrated the world's highest performance superluminescent diode (SLD), and transferred the technology in 1989 to GE-RCA in Canada, which became a division of EG&G. This device is a broadband semiconductor light source and is a key component in the next generations of fiber optic gyroscopes, low coherence tomography for medical imaging, and external cavity tunable lasers with applications to fiber optic communications. In October 1975 he was appointed consultant to the National Science Foundation for a period of two years.
Besides his technical interest and breadth, Dr. Alphonse has also been involved in education and professionalism. His commitment to engineering education covers 16 years as adjunct faculty in the Electronic Physics Department at LaSalle University's Evening Division, and served for four years as Department Head. He has also taught electrical engineering courses in Linear Systems, Communications, and Microwave Theory at the College of New Jersey.
Dr. Alphonse has served on several IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) committees and boards. He is currently Region 1 Director and a member of the IEEE Board of Directors, the Regional Activities Board, and the IEEE-USA Board.
Dr. Alphonse is the author and co-author of over 120 technical papers and holds over 50 US patents. He has received four David Sarnoff outstanding achievement awards, an IEEE Region 1 Award, and the IEEE Millennium Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a member of the honorary societies Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and a member of the Science & Arts Committee of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
- 2003 GAA Associates Biography
For more info on prominent St-louis de Gonzague (Haiti) alumni visit http://www.slgafi.org. The Saint-Louis de Gonzague Alumni Foundation Inc. a non-profit corporation registered in Massachusetts, USA (Identification Number: 000819849), was created in honor of the Brothers of Christian Education who devoted over a century to high quality education in one of the most disadvantaged countries in the world: Haiti.
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In 2003, Gerry A. Alphonse was a candidate for the position of IEEE-USA President-Elect
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