OSA Election Slate for 2019 Offices
Constance J. Chang-Hasnain
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Candidates for Vice President (1 will be elected)
Connie Chang-Hasnain received her B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Davis (1982) and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley (1987). Dr. Chang-Hasnain was a member of the technical staff at Bellcore (1987–1992) and Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University (1992–1995). She joined UC Berkeley as Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences in 1996. She was named Whinnery Distinguished Chair Professor since 2006 and served as Chair of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Group at UC Berkeley 2006-2017. Since 2014, Prof. Chang-Hasnain is Associate Dean for Strategic Alliances of College of Engineering. She is the Founding Co-Director of Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) and the Chief Academic Officer of Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS) since 2015. She is an Honorary Member of A.F. Ioffe Institute (Russia), a Chang Jiang Scholar Endowed Chair at Tsinghua University (China), and a Visiting Professor of Peking University (China), National Jiao Tung University (Taiwan) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore).
An OSA member since graduate school, Chang-Hasnain has been an active volunteer and held several leadership positions in the Society. She served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Lightwave Technology
(2005-2006), and Editor-in-Chief 2007-2012. She was elected a Director-at-Large of the OSA Board of Directors (1998-2000) and served on the OSA Centennial Advisory Panel (2014-2016). She was a member of the USAF Scientific Advisory Board, the IEEE LEOS Board of Governors, the National Research Council (NRC) Board on Assessment of NIST Programs, NRC’s Harnessing Light II, and US Advisory Committee to the International Commission on Optics.
Chang-Hasnain has been an enthusiastic meetings volunteer and organizer. She served as CLEO Program Co-chair (1997) and General Co-chair (1999); OSA Slow and Fast Light Topical Meeting Program Co-Chair (2006) and General Co-chair (2007); and OSA Frontiers in Optics Conference General Co-Chair (2007). She was the General Technical Co-Chair (2004) and General Co-Chair (2005) for the Asia Pacific Optical Communications Conference.
Chang-Hasnain’s research interests range from semiconductor optoelectronic devices to materials and physics, with current foci on nano-photonic materials, vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) and their applications. Chang-Hasnain has been honored with the OSA Nick Holonyak Jr. Award (2007), the IEEE David Sarnoff Award (2011), the UNESCO Medal For the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies (2015), the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award for Scientific Achievement (2003), and the Microoptics Award from Japan Society of Applied Physics (2009). She has been awarded with a DoD Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (2008), a von Humboldt Foundation Research Award (2009), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009). She is a Fellow of the OSA and IEEE, and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Inrad Optics, USA
Appointed in October 2012, Amy Eskilson serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Inrad Optics, located in Northvale, NJ. Inrad Optics is a manufacturer of exceptional quality crystal materials, crystal devices and high precision optical components. As the leader of a small publicly held company, Ms. Eskilson has a responsibility to both the business and to its shareholders.
Amy also embraces her role as the company’s Chief Culture Officer, and as such works to mentor younger employees as well as challenge and excite longtime contributors. Amy is focused on building an organization that is competitive and profitable while delivering products with extraordinary optical specifications.
Prior to joining the Inrad Optics team Amy spent 18 years with Thorlabs Inc., the photonic tools catalog company. She joined the fledgling business in 1992 as an inside sales representative. She assumed progressively more responsible roles, including call center and technical sales manager, as well as heading the trade show and industry sponsorship areas.
In 2002 Ms. Eskilson’s role at Thorlabs became more strategic and outward facing. As Director of Business Development and key member of the Thorlabs senior team, Amy’s work focused on three main areas – acquisitions, building the Thorlabs strategic partner companies, and contracts, including licensing agreements, real estate matters, and supply agreements in partnership with outside counsel.
Ms. Eskilson was also active in several photonics start-ups during her tenure at Thorlabs.In 2000 she became a minority partner in optics and crystals manufacturer Nova Phase, Inc., and was active up through 2006 when Nova Phase Inc. was acquired by Thorlabs.Amy helped found the U.S. based subsidiary of Menlo Systems GmbH, and Idesta Quantum Electronics was formed by a subset of Menlo Systems US partners. Ms. Eskilson was an active founding member of IdestaQE, a novel femtosecond laser company until it was acquired in 2013.
Amy is an engaged advocate for Photonics, championing the field from the importance of basic research through the downstream commercialization of photonics technologies.
A member of SPIE, Ms. Eskilson has served as a judge for the Prism Awards, and was profiled for the 2014-2015 SPIE “Women in Optics” Daily Planner publication.
Amy also serves as a Trustee of the Board of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Partnership, one of the top performing MEP organizations in the national MEP NIST system.
Ms.Eskilson has a 20 plus year history of service to the Optical Society.Beginning with the CLEO Exhibitor Advisory Committee in the 90’s thru her recent term as an Optical Society Board Director at Large, Amy is a committed OSA member. Highlights of her service include her 6 years of work on the OSA Public Policy Committee. This work includes advocating on Capitol Hill for the NPI, the Photonics NNMI, and development of the Optical Society’s recently adopted I4
Core Values Statement.
Prior to discovering optics and photonics in 1992 Amy received her BA degree in Communications from Montclair State University in 1987 and spent several years in New York at McCann-Erickson, the worldwide advertising group.
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
Candidates for Director at Large (2 will be elected)
Shanti Bhattacharya obtained her Ph.D. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1997. Her doctoral work was in the area of Optical Array Illuminators. After completing her Ph.D., she worked at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, first as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow and then as a Guest Scientist. Her research work there included the development of an optical pick-up for CD/DVD systems and the design of diffractive optical elements for beam shaping of high power laser beams. She subsequently joined the MEMS division of Analog Devices, Cambridge USA, where she worked on the design of an optical MEMS switch. In 2002, she returned to India and worked in several optics-related projects at IIT Madras.
She is currently an Associate Professor and has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras since 2005. Her current research interests are diffractive optics, optical MEMS and the development of measurement and imaging techniques using fibre interferometry.
Shanti continued her collaboration with several German research institutes, each time funded by the AvH Foundation. Her most recent visit was in 2017, when she spent a three-month sabbatical at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. During her visit there, as well as on an earlier visit to the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems Stuttgart, she worked on the fabrication of diffractive optics directly on fibre tip, using direct laser writing and Focused Ion Beam fabrication tools respectively.
Her close association with OSA started when she co-chaired the Photonics 2012 conference in India. Since then, she has acted as a member of the International council (2015-2017) and is the current chair of that council (2017-2019). She is also the OSA representative on the CLEO/Pacific Rim Steering Committee. She obtained the designation of Senior OSA member in 2016.
Her other professional roles include being an Associate Editor for the journal Optical Engineering, since 2017. In addition to her journal publications, she has co-authored a book with Dr. Vijayakumar titled “Design and Fabrication of Diffractive Optical Elements with MATLAB”. The book was released by the SPIE Press in January 2017.
Apart from her work at IIT, Shanti is a Founder Trustee of Chetana Charitable Trust. The Trust seeks to increase awareness on issues of social importance, in particular, Accessible Reading Materials for visually impaired children. She also is an enthusiastic hiker and enjoys many outdoor activities.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Dr. Svetlana V. Boriskina is a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Originally from Ukraine, Svetlana holds a Ph.D. degree in Physics and Mathematics from the Kharkiv National University (KNU), one of leading research universities in the former USSR. She worked at the University of Nottingham in UK, at KNU, and at Boston University (BU) prior to joining MIT in 2012.
Dr. Boriskina’s research blends nanophotonics, plasmonics, thermodynamics and mechanics to explore light-matter interactions on the nanoscale. She currently leads several research projects at MIT aimed at the development of smart photon-managing fabrics that provide thermal comfort indoors and outdoors, new meta-materials that manipulate light in unusual ways, and novel solar harvesting platforms to generate clean energy and provide fresh water to off-electrical-grid and disaster-stricken communities. Dr. Boriskina authored over 100 publications, holds many patents on optical sensor and photon energy conversion systems, a Joint Award of the International Commission for Optics and the A. Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, a NATO-UK Royal Society Fellowship, and a SUMMA Graduate Fellowship in Electromagnetics. Svetlana has also long been dedicated to student mentorship and teaching. She guided dozens of middle-to-grad-school student mentees during her career in academia. Svetlana also developed and taught award-winning new courses in optics and photonics at the graduate and undergraduate level at KNU, BU, and MIT.
Dr. Boriskina has been a member of the Optical Society for nearly two decades, and a senior member since 2012. In 2007, she helped to launch an OSA Student Chapter at KNU, and served as the Chapter Faculty Advisor. Over the years, Svetlana served as a member of the OSA Membership Council, the Chair of the OSA Technical Group “Optics for energy,” the Chair of the Esther Hoffman Beller Medal committee, and the chair or a member of technical program committees at various OSA meetings, symposia, and conferences. She currently is as a Member of the OSA Meetings Council, an Advisory Board Member for the Optics and Photonics News Magazine, and an Associate Editor at the Optics Express.
Lehigh University, USA
Dr. Kafafi received her B.Sc. (cum laude
) from University of Houston with a major in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. Three years later she got her M.A. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rice University. She then moved to Cairo where she pursued her academic career as an Assistant Professor for the next few years before returning back to Houston on a sabbatical leave as a Visiting Professor at Rice University. She then decided to combine her chemical expertise and training with research in optics, and joined the Optical Sciences Division at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC where she established and led an interdisciplinary research team, and a section on Organic Optoelectronics. Her work has been motivated by newly emerging technologies based on organic electronics and photonics, spanning a wide spectrum of disciplines including the chemistry and physics of organic and nanostructured materials, organic nonlinear optics, light-emitting materials and devices, photovoltaics, and plasmonics.
In 2007, she joined the National Science Foundation as the Director of the Division of Materials Research (DMR). She was the first woman to lead the largest and unarguably the most complex Division in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate. During her tenure in DMR, she managed a budget portfolio close to one billion dollar, and oversaw the funding of single and group investigators, interdisciplinary research teams and centers, instrumentation and major facilities. In 2011, she took a sabbatical leave and was a Visiting Professor in the Departments of Electrical & Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and, Chemistry and Material Sciences & Engineering at Northwestern working with the groups of Chérie Kagan and Tobin Marks, respectively. She was the President of the Spectroscopic Associates, Inc. in Houston, Texas where she designed a cryogenic link that rotates and translates in vacuum for which she won an R&D 100 Award.
She received an Edison Patent Award for inventing a simple two-step, cost-effective method to pattern conducting polymers for flexible organic photonic and electronic devices. Since 2008 Dr. Kafafi has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Lehigh University. She is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Photonics for Energy. She is the Inaugural Deputy Editor for the online, open access AAAS journal, Science Advances. She is the Chair of the Materials Research Society Awards Nominations Subcommittee. She also chairs and organizes the annual SPIE Symposium on Organic Photonics and Electronics, and the Conference on Organic, Hybrid, and Perovskites Photovoltaics. Dr. Kafafi is a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society, the Optical Society of America, and the International Society for Optics and Photonics.
On March 29, 2018 Dr. Kafafi received the Hillebrand Prize, the Chemical Society of Washington’s highest honor, “for her pioneering contributions in organic optics and electronics technologies through innovative physical chemistry and materials chemistry research.”
Universite Laval, Canada
Professor Sophie LaRochelle obtained a Ph.D. degree in optics from the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, USA. She is currently a professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Université Laval, Canada, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Advanced Photonics Technologies for Communications. She is a member of the Center for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL), a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research network in the Province of Quebec. Her current research activities focus on optical fiber design for MIMO-less spatial division multiplexing, multicore and multimode erbium-doped fiber amplifiers, and silicon photonic modulators and sensors. In her career, she has also made contributions to passive and active fiber devices, and their application to optical signal processing of analog and digital communications. In 2015, she was elevated to the rank of Fellow of the OSA for “contributions to optical communications by proposing innovative fiber optic components such as super-structured fiber Bragg gratings for chromatic dispersion equalizers, multi-wavelength fiber lasers and optical code-division multiplexing”. She has served on the technical committees of numerous conferences, and several times as chair of subcommittees, including Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC), Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), and Bragg Grating, Photosensitivity and Poling in Glass Waveguides (BGPP).
Prof. LaRochelle was very active in developing photonics research in Canada through the Canadian Institute for Photonics Innovations
, a Government of Canada sponsored network of centers of excellence (CIPI). From 1999 to 2012, she was the principal investigator of four successive multi-university projects focusing on optical fiber components, fiber laser systems, and optical networking. Prof. LaRochelle is currently the co-leader of a multi-disciplinary research project involving scientists from biology, chemistry, physics, geological engineering and electrical engineering, aimed at developing photonics technologies for monitoring climate change in the Canadian North. She has led several industry sponsored projects, mostly in collaboration with small and medium size businesses, helping some of them through their start-up phase. Prof. LaRochelle was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Province of Quebec’s Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export, for the revision of the Québec investment policy in research and innovation (2009-2010). She also served on the Technical Advisory Committee of CMC Microsystems (2011-2013), including one year as Chair, and on its Board of Directors (2014-2016). She was recently appointed by Canada’s Minister of Science to the governing council for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
At Université Laval, she teaches electromagnetism and optical communications to electrical engineering students. She has developed a graduate course and a continuing education course on optical fiber components. She has been awarded the title of “Professor étoile” five times by the Faculty of Science and Engineering for excellence in teaching, a recognition based on student course evaluations. In her career, she has directed the research work of over 70 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.