About the Author

Paul Kolesar

Paul is an Engineering Fellow in the Enterprise Solutions division of CommScope in Richardson, TX.  He received his BSEE degree from Pennsylvania State University and MSEE degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Employed with Bell Laboratories from 1981 to 2001, Paul designed and developed PBX circuit packs and fiber optic multiplexers, and in 1988 assumed systems engineering responsibility for optical fiber structured cabling systems within the SYSTIMAX SCS business.  He actively contributes to the development of industry standards within ISO/IEC regarding structured cabling, IEC TC86 on fiber optics, IEEE 802.3 on Ethernet; and chairs TIA TR-42.11 on optical systems.  He holds issued and pending patents on optical patch-panel design, array connectivity supporting parallel transmission and high-speed multimode transmission.  He conceptualized and drove the standardization of laser-optimized multimode fibers now known internationally as OM3 and OM4 for which he received the IEC 1906 Award in 2011.  These fibers have been specified within Ethernet and Fiber Channel standards to support low-cost VCSEL-based transmission systems from 1 Gb/s to 100 Gb/s and constitute the vast majority of optical media installed in data centers today.