2014 Board of Directors Biographies
Lund University, Sweden
Professor Stefan Andersson-Engels is Deputy Head of the Atomic Physics Division and Director of the Medical Laser Centre at Lund University, Sweden. He received a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics (1985) and a Ph.D. in Medical Laser Physics (1990), both from Lund University. He made a postdoc with Profs Brian C Wilson and Michael Patterson at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1990-91. He then joined the faculty of Lund University as a Research Associate in 1993, and he was named an Assistant Professor in 1997 and Professor in 1999. His research interests are within biomedical and pharmaceutical laser spectroscopy applications. He has been the main advisor for 20 Ph.D. students, and he has also helped to guide >100 students through their M.Sc projects. Stefan has served in several positions on the Board of the Lund University Medical Laser Centre and has been Chair since 2000. He has also served on the Boards of SpectraCure AB, Lund, Sweden (2004-2009) and Lumito AB, Lund, Sweden (chair, 2011-present). He has participated in numerous international conference programs committees and organizations. Stefan is the co-founder of three spin-off companies: Spectraphos AB, SpectraCure AB, and Lumito AB, and he is the co-author of more than 15 patent applications resulting in many granted patents. He received the SKAPA innovation prize, the most prestigious entrepreneur prize in Sweden, in 2004, and the Erna Ebelings prize, given by the Swedish Society for Medical Engineering and Medical Physics, in 2003. Stefan has co-authored more than 180 papers in peer- reviewed journals, with an h-index of 49according to Google Scholars. He is a member of OSA and SPIE.
Michael A. Fiddy
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Michael Fiddy is a professor of Physics and Optical Science and of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. He received his Ph.D. from the University of London in 1977, and was a research fellow at University College London before becoming a faculty member at London University (Kings College) in 1979. He moved to the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1987, where he was ECE Department Head from 1994 until 2001. In 2002 he was appointed the founding director of the Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications at UNC Charlotte. He stepped down from this position in 2010 and since 2011 has been site director for the NSF Industry/University Center for Metamaterials. He was a visiting professor at the Institute of Optics Rochester, Catholic University, Nanyang Technological University and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has been the editor-in-chief of Waves in Random and Complex Media since 1996, was topical editor for JOSA A from 1994 to 2001, and served on the Leith and Richardson Medals Committees. Currently he is Deputy Editor of OSA’s Photonics Research Journal, Chair of the Meetings Council and a member of the OIDA Advisory Board and Council. He is a Fellow of the OSA, IOP and SPIE and a senior member of the IEEE. He has published 14 chapters, 150 articles and 330 conference papers; his research interests are inverse problems applied to superresolution imaging and metamaterial design.
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Professor Min Gu is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Institute of Physics, the Optical Society of America, the International Society for Optical Engineering and the Institute of Physics (UK). He gained a PhD degree in optics from Chinese Academy of Sciences. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow first at the University of New South Wales, and later at the University of Sydney. He was awarded an Australian Research Fellowship of the Australian Research Council at the University of Sydney. He joined Victoria University of Technology in 1995, where he became Professor (Chair) of Optoelectronics and Director of Optical Technology Research Laboratory 1998. Professor Gu has conducted many pioneering projects in the area of bio/nanophotonics and his ground- breaking research work has been featured more than 2000 times in media reports, including Nature Photonics, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, Nature Asia-Materials, Biophotonics International, Photonics Spectra, Laser Focus World, Economists, Australian Optical Society News, The Australian, The Age, The Herald Sun, Campus Review, Australasian Science and ABC TV and Radio. His inventions include five-dimensional high-density optical data storage, nanoplasmonic solar cells and nonlinear optical endoscopy. Consequently, six spin-off companies were established, 3DCD Technology Pty. Ltd. in 2001 (received the COMET Grant and Achievement Award from the AusIndustry in 2002), InFocus Enterprises Pty. Ltd. in 2003, InVision Medical Technologies Pty. Ltd. in 2003 (received the COMET Grant in 2005), Image Cytometrics Pty. Ltd. in 2008 (received the COMET grant in 2008), Biosurfaces Pty Ltd. in 2008 and RongXing SciTech Co in 2009. Four international leading companies, Samsung Electronics (Korea), Suntech Power Holdings (China), OptiScan Pty. Ltd. (Australia) and Genera Biosystems Pty. Ltd. (Australia), have established joint R&D projects with Professor Gu's Centre.
Douglas W. Hall
U.S. Department of Energy, USA
Doug received a bachelor's degree in physics from Occidental College, Los Angeles in 1975 and a doctorate from the University of California, Davis in 1982 while a student employee at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He joined Corning in 1983 as a senior research scientist. In 1986 he initiated and led Corning's research project on erbium-doped fiber amplifiers for use in long-haul telecom systems. In 1991, he became the manager of the newly formed Optical Amplifier Development Department, where he was responsible for design and transfer to manufacture of single and multi-wavelength optical amplifiers. In 1996, Hall returned to Corning Research as manager of the Amplifier and Fiber Systems Research Department. In November 1998, he became the business technology director, Photonic Technologies, for which he was responsible for several departments that developed a variety of Optical Modules, as well as the development of pump lasers at the Corning Lasertron facility. In 2003, Corning Incorporated sold its Photonic Technologies Division to Avanex Corporation. Hall was appointed executive vice president of Avanex, responsible for its amplifier and dispersion compensation business unit. He rejoined Corning Incorporated in September 2005. He retired from Corning in March of 2010. In June 2011, Doug joined the Department of Energy as Portfolio Manager of the SunShot Initiative's Photovoltaic Manufacturing Initiative.
James D. Kafka
Spectra-Physics a Newport Company, USA
Jim Kafka attended the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, where he obtained a B.S. in Optics in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Optics in 1983, studying with Conger Gabel and Gerard Mourou. In 1983, he started as a Senior Scientist at Spectra-Physics Lasers, where he has held a series of positions with increasing responsibility; he is currently the Senior Director of Advanced Research and Development. He designed several of the company's most significant products, including the Tsunami, the first commercial ultrafast Ti:sapphire laser (1990), and the Millennia X, the first commercial 10 W solid-state green laser (1997). For this work, he was recognized as a Spectra-Physics Fellow in 1987. He also received the Thermo Electron Corporate Award for Technical Innovation in 2002 and the first Newport Corporation Strategic Patent Award in 2007 for his patent of the first diode-pumped double-clad fiber laser. Kafka has more than 40 United States patents and multiple foreign equivalents. He has more than 30 publications in refereed journals and has made more than 35 presentations at CLEO, OSA topical meetings, and at major universities. Kafka is a Fellow of OSA and a Distinguished Traveling Lecturer for the APS Division of Laser Science.
Byoung Yoon Kim
Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Tech (KAIST), South Korea
Byoung Yoon Kim is a professor in the Department of Physics at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), where he works in the field of fiber optics. Kim received his B. S. degree from Seoul National University in 1977, and an M. S. degree from KAIST in 1979, both in Physics. He received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1985. From 1979 to 1982, he was a member of the research staff at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul, where he worked on fabrication and characterization of optical fibers. From 1985 to 1989, he worked at Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University, as a Research Associate, and later, as Acting Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. In 1990, he joined the Department of Physics at KAIST in Daejeon, Korea, where he served as chairman of the department (1995-1997). He was also a Visiting Professor in the EE Department at Stanford University (1990-2000). He was chairman and CEO of Novera Optics Inc. (2000-2008), which he founded. His research interests have been with fiber-optic devices for sensors and communications, including gyroscopes, few-mode fiber components, lasers and amplifiers, acousto-optic modulators, and fiber gratings.
Consejo Sup Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain
Term: 1/1/2013 - 12/31/2015
Susana Marcos is currently a Professor of Research at the Instituto de Optica, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, Spain, where she is the head of the Visual Optics and Biophotonics Laboratory.
She served (2008-2012) as the Director of the Institute of Optics (CSIC). She received her M.S. (1992) and Ph.D. (1996) in Physics from the University of Salamanca, Spain. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for three years at Stephen A. Burns' lab at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard University, and a recipient of Fulbright and a Human Frontier Science Postdoctoral Fellowships. Susana Marcos has pioneered research in novel techniques to assess the optical properties of the ocular optics and the human retina. She has published more than 120 peer-reviewed publications (with over 3200 citations, h-index=33), and has been invited to lecture at over 150 international conferences and research centers. She holds eight patents, several licensed to industry. Susana Marcos is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, European Optical Society and of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. She has served in boards and committees in several national and international societies (including the Spanish Optical Society, ARVO, OSA) and journals (including Vision Research and OSA Biomedical Optics Express). She has been awarded prestigious prizes, distinctions and grants, including the OSA Adolph Lomb Medal, the ICO Prize, Honoris Causa Doctorate by the Ucranian Academy of Science and Technology, the European Young Investigator Award and European Research Council Advanced Grant.
Lynn E. Nelson
Lynn E. Nelson is a Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Labs-Research in Middletown, NJ. She received her Sc.B. in engineering from Brown University in 1991 and her M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993 and 1997, respectively. Her doctoral research focused on passive mode-locking of erbium- and thulium-doped fiber lasers. In 1997, she joined Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs, in Holmdel, NJ, where she worked on fiber nonlinearities, wavelength division multiplexing, and polarization mode dispersion. In 2000 she became technical manager of the Fiber Systems Testing Group for the Optical Fiber Solutions (OFS) business unit of Lucent and remained with OFS after its acquisition by Furukawa in 2001, where her research interests included high-capacity, long-haul transmission, Raman amplification, and higher-order polarization mode dispersion and compensation. She re-joined Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs in 2005 as a distinguished member of technical staff in the Government Communications Laboratory, where she worked on distributed fiber sensors and high power optical amplifiers. Since 2007 she has been with AT&T Labs, where currently her work is focused on high capacity, long-haul transmission, including 100 and 400Gb/s and modulation formats, as well as optical monitoring and polarization issues in AT&T's long-haul network.
Nelson has authored or co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications and four book chapters. She holds or has applied for 16 patents, and she is an OSA Fellow.
Jean-Michel Pelaprat has been President of Figulus, a consulting firm focused on companies in transition, since 2003. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Pelaprat served as President and CEO of Vytran. During the same period, he also was a board member of NKT Photonics. Prior to Vytran, he served as CEO and Chairman of the board of Novalux and pioneered RGB laser sources for the projection display industry. In 2004, he also co-founded and became chairman of the board of Force-A, a pioneer in real-time photonics sensors for sustainable agriculture. He also served on the board of Nuvonyx, Inc. from 2004 to 2007.
Prior to Figulus, Mr Pelaprat spent 13 years at Coherent, Inc. There, his positions included Vice President and General Manager for both Diode-Pumped Solid-State Laser business and Semiconductor Laser groups and Vice President of Strategic Marketing.
Mr. Pelaprat holds a degree in Physics from the University of Montpellier, France. He has been serving on the OSA Corporate Associates Committee since January 2010.
Optoelectronics Management Network, USA
Dr. Gregory Quarles is an experienced Chief Executive Officer, Board Member and renowned physicist with 25 years of experience driving cutting-edge laser, optics and photonics technology development and operations within advanced industrial companies. Greg is a globally recognized leader for his strategic partnerships with the Department of Defense, the U.S. Congress, and his innovative work in the progression of global materials research, specifically developing new laser devices for medical, military and industrial applications. Greg has been awarded five patents related to his research in solid-state lasers and has published over 100 peer- reviewed publications.
Greg most recently served as the CEO at B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc., a pioneering company in the development and manufacturing of opto-electronic technology and related products used in defense and law enforcement applications. His extensive leadership experience in developing and executing corporate growth and technology enabled Greg to drive rapid business and technological growth while at B.E. Meyers. Greg’s management guidance secured their first competitive program of record, with an initial award of 15,000 lasers for $22 MM. Under his direction the year-to-year revenues grew by 30% annually with measurably improved profitability and positive cash flow. Greg served on the Board at B.E. Meyers for three years prior to being recruited as President and COO. He has served on eight Boards related to Optic & Photonic education, development, and research, including his current leadership positions as Chair of the OSA Public Policy Committee, Director-At- Large on the Board of Directors for the Optical Society of America and as a member of the Board of Directors (and acting-CEO) for Nanocerex. He has recently been named to the Advisor Board for Open-Photonics and has been a leader within the Optical Society and across the partner societies in advancing the National Academy of Sciences National Photonics Initiative.
Prior to B.E. Meyers, he served as the Director of Corporate Research, Development and Technology for II-VI Incorporated, where he managed the company’s multiple R&D organizations, with budgets exceeding $25MM annually, and oversaw federal government interactions and directed the oversight of the corporate technology roadmap, including delegation to each of the various subsidiaries. His career with II-VI Inc. and its subsidiaries spanned 18 years, and bridged a succession of progressively more responsible and senior roles developing and researching new solid-state laser materials, optical components, and laser devices used for defense, security, and law enforcement applications, while interfacing with various Congressional offices and subcommittees, federal laboratories, and the Pentagon.
Dr. Quarles is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and holds a Ph.D. in Physics, a MS in Physics, and a dual BS in Math and Physics. He began his career as a Research Physicist at the U.S. Naval Research Lab, and, among other roles, has served as Assistant Editor for Optical Engineering and IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics and is a Fellow of both the OSA and SPIE.
University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Anne Tropper is currently a Professor of Physics at the University of Southampton in the UK, where she leads the Semiconductor Laser group, with a particular interest in the generation of ultrashort pulses in passively mode-locked surface-emitting lasers. Prof. Tropper was born in London and educated at the University of Oxford, where she obtained her doctorate in 1978. Her first professional job was as a Consulting System Engineer with Smith Associates near London; later she returned to experimental research as a postdoctoral assistant at the Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford. In 1982, the award of a Lindemann Fellowship by the English Speaking Union of the Commonwealth took her to California, where she worked at the IBM Research Laboratory on laser spectroscopy and coherent transient phenomena. At the end of 1983, she returned to the UK with a faculty position in David Hanna’s newly established Laser Physics Group at the University of Southampton. The work on lanthanide-doped silica fibre lasers that she initiated there contributed to the formation of the Southampton Optoelectronics Research Centre in 1989. Prof. Tropper was appointed to a personal chair in 2000.
During her time at Southampton, Prof. Tropper’s research has included pioneering studies of silica fiber lasers and amplifiers, planar waveguide lasers, fluoride fiber upconversion lasers, spin-polarised excitations in semiconductor quantum wells, and, most recently, femtosecond surface-emitting quantum well lasers. Her group has shown how passively mode-locked external cavity quantum well lasers can generate transform-limited pulse trains at repetition frequencies around 1 GHz, with peak powers up to 4 kW or more directly from the laser oscillator. She has about 200 publications, which have been cited more than 4,000 times. She is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics, and was recently awarded a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship. At Southampton, she has served terms as Head of the Quantum, Light and Matter Group, Deputy Head of School for Research, and Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy. She has three children, of whom the youngest turns 18 this year.
Prof. Tropper has been a member of The Optical Society for over 30 years, and was elected to a Fellowship in 2006. She has served on the Program Committee of the Advanced Solid State Photonics Topical Meeting, and as Chair of the Charles Hard Townes Award Panel. She regularly reviews papers for Optics Express and other OSA journals.
Duke University, USA
Adam Wax is the Theodore Kennedy Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University in Durham, NC. He received dual bachelor’s degrees in 1993, one from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in Electrical Engineering and one from the State University of New York at Albany in Physics. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Duke University in 1996 and 1999, respectively. His doctoral research focused on using Wigner distributions to analyze propagation of coherence in phase space through multiple scattering processes. Immediately after receiving his doctorate, he joined the George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as a postdoctoral fellow of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Wax joined the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University in the fall of 2002 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 2007, appointed as the inaugural Theodore Kennedy professor in 2011, and promoted to full professor in 2013.
Dr. Wax leads a vital research program in the area of biophotonics, the use of photonics technologies for biomedical application. His research interests are in the use of light scattering and interferometry to probe the biophysical properties of cells for both diagnosis of disease and fundamental cell biology studies. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed and conference publications in addition to five book chapters. He has edited two books and seven conference proceedings.
In 2006, Dr. Wax founded Oncoscope, Inc. to commercialize early cancer detection technology developed in his laboratory. To date, Oncoscope has raised over $5MM in venture capital in addition to over $5MM in non-dilutive grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Wax currently serves as Chairman of Oncoscope, Inc.
Dr. Wax has been an active member of OSA since joining as a student member in 1996. He has served as chair of the Member and Education Services (MES) Council and on the OSA Board of Directors (2006-2007). He has been involved with the Biomedical Optics Technical Division as a group chair and he served on the Science and Engineering Council (SEC) (2005-2009). With the reformation of the SEC as the Board of Meetings, Dr. Wax served as chair-elect (2009) and chair (2010-2013) of the Biomedical Optics Technical Division. He has served on the Investment Subcommittee (2008-2010), as well as on the Michael S. Feld and C.E.K. Mees award committees. In 2010, he was named a Fellow of The Optical Society. Dr. Wax has served as an editor for Applied Optics (two terms: 2004-2007, 2007-2010) and Biomedical Optics Express (2010–2013). Most recently, he served as the program chair for Frontiers in Optics, OSA’s Annual Meeting (2012).
University of Central Florida, USA
Prior to joining UCF in 2001, Dr. Wu was with Hughes Research Laboratories (Malibu, California) for 18 years. He received his Ph.D. in Physics/Quantum Electronics from University of Southern California, and B.S. in Physics from National Taiwan University. His research at UCF focuses on five areas: 1. Next-generation liquid crystal displays, 2. Adaptive lenses, 3. Laser beam steering, 4. Biophotonics, and 5. New photonic materials. Dr. Wu is a Fellow of the IEEE, OSA, SID, and SPIE. He is a recipient of the 2011 SID Slottow-Owaki prize, 2010 OSA Jesoph Fraunhofer award, 2008 SPIE G. G. Stokes award and 2008 SID Jan Rajchman prize. He was the founding chief editor of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology. Dr. Wu has co-authored seven books: "Introduction to Adaptive Lenses" (Wiley, 2012), "Transflective Liquid Crystal Displays" (Wiley, 2010), "Introduction to Flat Panel Display" (Wiley, 2008), "Fundamentals of Liquid Crystal Devices (Wiley, 2006), "Introduction to Microdisplays" (Wiley, 2006), "Reflective Liquid Crystal Displays" (Wiley, 2001), and "Optics and Nonlinear Optics of Liquid Crystals" (World Scientific, 1993), seven book chapters, 400 journal papers, and 70 issued patents. Several of his patents have been implemented in display and photonic devices.
University of Colorado at Boulder JILA, USA
Jun Ye received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB), in 1997. His thesis, supervised by Dr. John Hall of JILA, documented the use of laser spectroscopy to achieve the highest measurement sensitivity of molecular absorptions to this day. Ye was then appointed an R.A. Millikan postdoctoral research associate and worked in Jeff Kimble's group at Caltech from 1997-1999. There he started a new project to trap a single atom inside a high-finesse optical cavity for studies of strongly coupled cavity quantum electrodynamics. In 1999, Ye was appointed an Associate Fellow of JILA, a physicist of NIST, and an assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado. Ye became a Fellow of JILA in 2001. He was appointed a Fellow of NIST in 2004 and a Professor of Physics adjoint at UCB in 2006. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2005 and a Fellow of The Optical Society in 2006. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2011.
University Of Rochester, USA
Xi-Cheng Zhang is the Director and M. Parker Givens Chair of Optics at The Institute of Optics, a foremost institution in optics and optical physics research and education, in the University of Rochester, NY, USA.
Prior to joining UR on 1 January 2012, he pioneered world-leading research in the field of ultrafast laser-based terahertz technology and optical physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (1992-2012). At RPI, he was the Eric Jonsson Professor of Science; Acting Head at the Department of Physics, Applied Physics & Astronomy; and Founding Director of the Center for THz Research. He is co-founder of Zomega Terahertz Corp. With a B.S. (1982) from Peking University, he earned the Ph.D.
degree (1986) in Physics from Brown University, RI.
Previous positions have included visiting scientist at MIT (1985), Physical Tech. Division of Amoco Research Center (1987), EE Dept. at Columbia University (19871991), and Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Lab, Caltech (2006).
He holds 28 U.S. patents, and is a prolific author, researcher and speaker. He is a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, AAAS, APS, and IEEE. Xi-Cheng¹s recent honors and awards include: IRMMW-THz Kenneth Button Prize (2014); OSA William F. Meggers Award (2012); IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award (2011); and the Rensselaer William H. Wiley 1866 Award (2009).