At yesterday’s 7th Annual EETimes Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards ceremony, Intel Fellow and director of the Intel Photonics Technology Lab, Dr. Mario Paniccia, was named Innovator of the Year. Mario brought home this award for his work in leading innovation in silicon photonics and developing 50Gbps Silicon Photonic Link – the world’s first silicon integrated photonic chip with hybrid lasers operating at 50Gbps. Over the last decade Dr. Paniccia has been a leader, innovator, and visionary driving Silicon Photonics research. The EETimes ACE Awards celebrates the creators of technology who demonstrate leadership and innovation in the global industry and shape the world we live in. Additional information on Mario, his research and its impact can be found here http://blogs.intel.com/research/2011/05/mario-ace.php.