Distinguished Xiaoyi Bao

Minorities and Women in OSA

Meet this female fellow

Xiaoyi Bao

University of Ottawa, Canada
OSA member since (year):  1996
OSA Fellow since: 2011

Professional/Personal Highlights:

Xiaoyi serves as a Fellow of Academy Science, Royal Society of Canada and is a Research Chair in Fiber Optics and Photonics (Tier 1) in Canada. She is conducting research in fiber optics, and in 2010 she received the CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics from the Canadian Association of Physics.

What is your advice for balancing one’s professional and personal life?

To gain insight of how nature works and to use it for benefit of society is my goal of doing research, for this purpose, I dedicate a lot of time and effort into my work and fortunately my family members have been very supportive. I view work and family as equally important, especially as a woman.

Do you have suggestions for how female scientists support each other’s careers and development?

Never give up!

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