Samrati Kulkarni is in the Converged High Performance Networks Modeling R&D Practice of Bell Labs Consulting in Murray Hill, New Jersey. He focuses on optical transport network planning and modeling of next-generation SONET/SDH, WDM, and fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) solutions for telecom service provider networks, providing optimized network designs, product configurations, cost modeling, and systems engineering of capacity planning tools. He has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India, and an M.Sc. in electrical engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He also serves as a chair on the local Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers New Jersey Coast Chapter.