Candidates for Vice President (1 will be elected)
Stephen D. Fantone Profile
Stephen D. Fantone received his S.B. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. from The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. His work there was under the supervision of Prof. Duncan T. Moore. While completing his Ph.D., Dr. Fantone joined Polaroid Corporation, where he worked on the development of Polaroid products and related technology, both as an employee and later through services provided by his company, Optikos. He has been a Senior Lecturer in the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department since 1995.
Dr. Fantone is the founder and president of Optikos Corporation. Established in 1982, Optikos is an engineering and instrumentation firm that uses optics as an enabling technology for clients who are developing medical devices and diagnostics, virtual reality and consumer products, aerospace and defense systems, and automotive sensing and imaging applications. Optikos also develops and markets metrology instruments that assess the quality of imaging systems.
Dr. Fantone is an OSA Fellow. He has served on the Board of the OSA Foundation since 2004, and has chaired OSA’s Strategic Planning Committee since 2015. He served as an OSA Board Member for two decades and as Vice-Chair of the 2016 Centennial Advisory Panel. As OSA Treasurer, he chaired the Finance, Audit and Investment Committees, and during his 18-year tenure (through 2013), OSA increased its financial reserves over 15-fold.
His OSA experience also includes serving as lens design Topical Editor for Applied Optics; and engagement with meetings and conferences includes leadership roles with Optical Fabrication & Testing Workshops, the OSA Engineering Council, the first LEAP program at CLEO, and the OF&T Technical Group. He served as President and Program Chair of the local OSA section and Optikos hosts a local section meeting annually. In 2007, Dr. Fantone received OSA’s Distinguished Service Award and in October, 2013, The Optical Society renamed that award the Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award to recognize Dr. Fantone’s commitment to the organization.
In addition to his work with OSA, Dr. Fantone serves on the University of Rochester Dean’s Advisory Committee for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and on the Director’s Advisory Committee at The Institute of Optics. He has received both the University’s Distinguished Alumnus and Distinguished Scholar Awards.
Dr. Fantone serves on the Board of the Hertz Foundation and as Chairman of the Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based public policy think tank. Previous board membership included Zygo Corporation, Rofin-Sinar Technologies, Inc. and Benthos, Inc. (Chairman). Dr. Fantone is often consulted for his expertise in optical engineering and optical product development. He has served on numerous program review panels, provided expert testimony on patent infringement and trade secret litigation cases, and been awarded over 65 patents covering a broad range of optical technologies.
Stephen D. Fantone Statement
Like many fellow OSA members, I first became engaged in optics after a childhood experience. For me, that experience was witnessing Sputnik orbit the earth. It was a life-changing observation that led to an early interest in astronomy and photography, a teenage passion for fabricating mirrors and building telescopes, a fulfilling career designing and manufacturing optical systems and instruments, and a lifelong passion for all things optical.
I joined OSA in 1973, and was delighted to find an intellectually powerful group of committed individuals, who (in spite of my young age of 19) treated me as a peer. By the time I presented my first paper at an OSA meeting, I knew I had found an intellectual home, one that I continue to passionately support and serve to this day.
In my current role as chair of the OSA Strategic Planning Committee, I have been able to work closely with—and learn from—the OSA councils, committees, their chairs, and staff; to help develop a sustainable planning process, and reach consensus on a shared vision and a comprehensive strategic five-year plan.
These experiences—along with service on the Engineering Council, the OSA Foundation, and many governance committees, as well as 18 years as OSA Treasurer— helped me develop a deep understanding of the operational issues and challenges confronting the organization and the importance of cultivating a capable, well-trained and well-supported staff led by a strong executive team.
Looking ahead, OSA has many challenges to embrace, including:
- Supporting OSA’s position as the premier source for optical and photonic information and leadership, including embracing engagement outside of the United States and within the developing world.
- Continuing to develop new and creative means of sharing technical information with our members.
- Increasing OSA’s engagement with the engineering and applications community, including attracting and increasing the involvement of corporate members.
- Providing an effective public policy voice that informs governments and other constituencies and advances the interests of our community.
- Fostering opportunities for students around the world that advance their learning and career trajectories.
- Continuing, through strong financial and operational management, to provide The Optical Society and the OSA Foundation with the resources to be innovative, efficient, and inclusive in their activities.
One hundred years ago, the idea of an optical society was a pioneering one. OSA continues to fulfill its role as a visionary force in optics and photonics for its members and the world at large. In the years ahead, OSA will continue to adapt to our fast-changing world and to the phenomenal growth the organization continues to experience—from 6,050 members when I first joined in 1974 to a stunning 20,000-plus worldwide today.
All of those years ago, a boy’s gaze at Sputnik spurred a drive and passion about optics that have only increased with time. I would consider it a privilege to serve as OSA Vice President and continue to bring my energy and enthusiasm to The Optical Society in this significant role.
Christoph S. Harder Profile
Harder and Partner, Switzerland
Christoph Harder was born in Rheinau, Switzerland, on September 3, 1953. His basic device physics and material work on semiconductor lasers has led, in a team effort of scientists and engineers, to the commercial success, Laser Enterprise, featured under many different names in Zürich.
Harder attended the Gymnasium in Langenthal and received an Electrical Engineering Diploma in 1979 from the ETH in Zurich. He then worked for one year as an assistant to Professor Hans Melchior on liquid phase epitaxy based GaAs laser diodes. In 1980, he moved to Caltech, Pasadena, where he obtained a Master’s in Electrical Engineering, while on a Fulbright scholarship. He then joined the group of Professor Amnon Yariv and received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 1983 on the topic of high speed modulation, noise, and bistability in semiconductor lasers.
In 1983, Dr. Harder joined the IBM Research Laboratory in Rüschlikon, next to Zürich, where he served at first as a research staff member and later as a manager of the laser device research group. Initially, he worked on developing MESFET technology for computer logic and memory and later on semiconductor lasers on different material system, covering the wavelength range between visible and infrared.
His research focused on furthering scientific understanding of the physics as well as material challenges to make laser diodes efficient, low cost and reliable. Together with the IBM research team in Zürich, the first reliable 980nm pump lasers were developed, manufactured and deployed in 1993 in erbium doped fiber amplifiers between Chicago and Sacramento. This link was the commercial start of DWDM technology which enables today’s internet. Harder spent one year at IBM Fishkill to bring up the first IBM production line for semiconductor lasers.
Dr. Harder is the co-founder of Laser Enterprise which was acquired in 1997 by Uniphase, later known under the name and ownership of JDS Uniphase, Nortel, Bookham, Oclaro and finally again, II-VI Laser Enterprise. Until 2006, he led Laser Enterprise to become one of the two leading suppliers of highly reliable and high power 980nm pump modules, and he started diversification into the industrial and consumer market.
In 2007, Dr. Harder started his engineering company, Harder&Partner, to support the technology development of semiconductor lasers at many companies. During his career, Harder earned 20 patents and published more than 150 papers, several book chapters and he has received the IBM Master Inventor award and the IEEE/LEOS Aaron Kressel Award.
Dr. Harder was General Chair and Program Chair of the IEEE Photonics Annual Meeting, the International Semiconductor Laser Conference, and Program Chair of ECOC and has served on numerous technical program and steering committees as well as review boards. Dr. Harder is an OSA Fellow and member of SPIE, IEEE Photonics, and Photonics21.
Christoph Harder has been on the Board of JDSU-, Nortel- and Bookham-Switzerland AG, IEEE Photonics and The Optical Society. At present, he is on the Bboard of BHL AG, IRsweep, Verein Schweizer Laser und Photonik Netz and on the Photonics21 board of stakeholders.
Christoph S. Harder Statement
I feel privileged to live in a time in which basic science, together with ingenious engineering, has made so many important contributions—making our lives more exciting, more comfortable and much richer by providing deep insights. The science of light, in optics as well as in photonics, has played a key role in that progress, as manifest in many Nobel prizes in the recent past and in consumer benefits, such as the low-cost, high-bandwidth communication enabled by the optical internet, and cameras and displays everywhere serving as a convenient human interface to electronics.
This astounding progress has been possible only through an intense exchange of knowledge and tight collaboration between the top people in science and engineering spanning around the entire world. The Optical Society is indisputably the key platform to enable and support this activity and progress.
The Optical Society and its publications, its conferences and its staff and services have supported me along my career as student, as researcher at IBM, at a start-up developing products and finally as the head of a small engineering company. During most of these times I have worked as a volunteer at OSA. Now, I am honored to stand as a candidate for OSA Vice President in further support of the society’s activities.
If elected my priorities would be:
Advocacy. Photonics and optics are too seldom given the credit and support that they deserve and need. It is important to continue to promote the cause of photonics and investments in photonics by teaming up with other international organizations, such as Photonics21; by working with student chapters worldwide to convince students to study and work in our field; and by supporting, with data, members lobbying in their local political channels.
Conferences. OSA has excellent international conferences throughout the world. Such meetings remain very important in networking with other people, and as a “door opener” for follow-ups by e-mail or telephone. Big conferences are also important in allowing companies to present their innovative products, and in providing information for investors and customers in a single place. Small conferences are important for scientific work, and I would encourage programs that offer students and young researchers support to attend such conferences and thus ease their way into the community.
Publications. Publications are key for OSA’s revenue and for the exchange of knowledge among its members. Publications currently face challenges on many fronts: High-impact journals of other publishers often capture the highest-profile research results; open-access journals and websites can publish extremely quickly, and are spreading rapidly; and “copy-and-paste” self-plagiarism generates too many articles with little novel content. OSA has an excellent peer-review system which will be supported by additional tools, to ensure that our society remains the leading global source of high quality papers.
Candidates for Director at Large (3 will be elected)
Roel Baets Profile
Ghent University – imec, Belgium
Roel Baets is a full professor at Ghent University (UGent) in Belgium. He is also associated with imec. He holds academic and managerial responsibilities within the Photonics Research Group of UGent, the Center for Nano- and Biophotonics (NB Photonics) of UGent and the joint UGent-imec research program on silicon photonics.
Roel Baets received an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Ghent University in 1980 and a second MSc degree from Stanford University in 1981, with a focus on biomedical engineering. He returned to Ghent University for doctoral research focused on semiconductor lasers, which he completed in 1984. From 1984 till 1989 he held a postdoctoral position at imec. Since 1989, he has been a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at UGent where he founded the Photonics Research Group. From 1990 till 1994, he has also been a part-time professor at Delft University of Technology and from 2004 till 2008 at Eindhoven University of Technology.
Roel Baets has mainly worked in the field of integrated photonic components. He has made contributions to research on photonic integrated circuits, both in III-V semiconductors and in silicon, as well as their applications in telecom, datacom, sensing, biosensing and medical devices. As part of a team of 8 professors, he leads the Photonics Research Group at UGent, a group of about 90 researchers. The activities of this team have led to high impact research achievements and to four spin-off companies. In recent years, research of Roel Baets has mainly focused on nonlinear optics, spectroscopic sensing, and biomedical devices based on silicon or silicon nitride photonic integrated circuit platforms.
Roel Baets has led major cooperative research initiatives in silicon photonics in Europe. In 2006, he founded ePIXfab, the globally first Multi-Project-Wafer service for silicon photonics. Since then ePIXfab has evolved to become the European Silicon Photonics Alliance, with a mission to promote cooperation in the field of silicon photonics.
On the educational side Roel Baets teaches (or has taught) a bachelor-level course on photonics at large as well as master-level courses on microphotonics, optical communication, and nonlinear optics. He has been the co-founder of the European Master of Science in Photonics program, a joint degree offered by UGent and VUB. He has also organized multiple summer schools on silicon photonics with a mixed academic and industrial audience.
Roel has served the global optics and photonics community as a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Photonics Society, as a chair of its Benelux-chapter, as an associate editor of the Journal of Lightwave Technology, as a member of the OSA Holonyak Award Committee, the IEEE Sarnoff Award Committee, and the IEEE Photonics Award Committee.
Roel Baets is a grant holder of the Methusalem program of the Flemish government and of the European Research Council (ERC advanced grant). He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the European Optical Society (EOS) and The Optical Society (OSA). He is also a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB).
Roel Baets Statement
What would the global optics and photonics community be without The Optical Society? This is what I have asked myself as a candidate in the election for Director at Large on the OSA Board. OSA is, of course, not the only society serving this community; I have much sympathy and respect for other organizations and societies in our field, and I have contributed to some in the past.
But for me—and, I am sure, for many colleagues—OSA has established a most valuable middle ground in our field between the physics community and the engineering community, between fundamental science and its applications, between academia and industry, between experts and the general public. This is particularly important in a field such as optics and photonics, in which Nobel Prize–winning research is rapidly finding its way to innovative applications that profoundly affect everyone’s life. Knowledge is growing fast in this field—and, therefore, life-long learning is key.
This touches upon the core mission of OSA. Below, I spell out in full the mission statement of OSA—not only because it is probably not your daily read, but more importantly because the primary responsibility of the Board of Directors is to take initiatives and make decisions in line with this mission:
“The Optical Society’s (OSA) mission is to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. The purposes of the society are scientific, technical and educational. OSA’s commitment to excellence and long-term learning is the driving force behind all its initiatives.
Since 1916, OSA has been the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders worldwide to foster and promote technical and professional development. Through publications, events and services, The Optical Society is helping to advance the science of light by addressing the ongoing need for shared knowledge and innovation.
OSA was founded 100 years ago as The Optical Society of America and has evolved into a global enterprise serving a worldwide constituency. In recognition of its global reach and focus, since 2008 the Society has been known as OSA—The Optical Society.
This mission statement will be my credo if elected into the role of Director at Large. In this role, I will aim to act as a bottom-up voice of the large, global network of scientists and engineers in academia and industry of which I am part. Their interests and challenges, their insights and worries will be brought to the table so as to translate them into policies. Respect for diversity in all its forms as well as empowerment of the less privileged in our field will be a priority. Cooperative models will be preferred over competitive models, sustainability over growth. When values relating to knowledge generation or dissemination are at risk, I will encourage the OSA executive leadership to raise a voice in public fora.
Gisele Bennett Profile
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Gisele Bennett is a Regents’ Researcher, an Associate Vice President for Research for Faculty Integration, and a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). She is the Glenn Robinson Chair in Electro-Optics at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Prior to that, she was the Director of the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory (EOSL) at GTRI. As the former director of EOSL, she led a group of over 120 engineers, scientists, and students in a diverse applied research environment with sponsored funding reaching $50M per year in some years. The diverse research portfolio included areas in EO modeling and Analysis, Remote Sensing, LIDAR, EO systems design, and software development for sensor integration and analysis.
Her research interests are broad and include coherence theory applications to optical imaging systems, atmospheric turbulence, wave propagation, RFID, and related tagging technologies. She holds patents on RFID and Container Security devices and a copyright on a computer model for Wave Propagation through the atmosphere. She has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and a certificate in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech.
Dr. Bennett is a member of the Army Science Board. She is a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, and GTRI, and a Senior Member of IEEE. She holds officer positions in OSA and IEEE and serves in a variety of professional activities. Her OSA volunteer roles both past and current include: Division Chair for Information Acquisition, Processing and Display for OSA Board of Meetings; Topical Editor and Features Editor for Applied Optics; Chair, Strategic Committee for Imaging Congress; OSA Traveling Lecturer; Chair and member of Forman Engineering Excellence Awards Committee; Chair and member of Ester Hoffman Beller Award Committee; and Chair and member of the technical committee for IS and COSI Topical Meetings. Other society activities include: former feature editor for Optical Engineering; former associate editor for International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications; a visiting lecturer for SPIE, currently the President for the IEEE Council on RFID; Member, Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM) RFID Experts Advisory Group (REG) and project editor for ISO. She has served as a research proposal reviewer for the National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) and a reviewer for numerous referred journals. She is one of the first ten fellows chosen for Georgia Tech’s University Leadership program. She has over 130 publications in books or book chapters, refereed journals, technical reports, and workshops.
Gisele Bennett Statement
My areas of interest for contributing to OSA as a board member include (but are not limited to) enhancing conferences, increasing mentorship programs, and improving diversity.
Let me begin my statement by describing my first experience with OSA, when studying for a Master’s degree in 1988. My two thesis advisors, both experts in their field of atmospheric turbulence, encouraged me to submit a paper at a professional conference—even though at the time, as a Master’s student, I thought it was beyond the scope of my studies. I did not realize that my first public technical talk, at the OSA annual meeting, would take place in front of a community that was very competitive and somewhat confrontational about the research area. My advisors worked with me on my presentation to get it right, and told me I would be fine.
As terrified as I was for that first talk, it paved the way for my passion and involvement with OSA and other professional societies. At that same conference, I met another faculty member who gave me advice about the importance of such meetings—that it goes beyond giving a presentation, and also involves engaging with people in the hallways to develop collaborations. I was fortunate, too, to have a dissertation advisor that was the editor-in-chief for Applied Optics. I am grateful to those faculty members, who today remain my mentors, along with many others throughout my career.
This introduction is important in explaining why I am passionate about these focus areas: conferences, mentorship, and diversity. For conferences, imagine the same story today—with a different generation that has access to a wealth of immediate information (as compared with 1988). To engage our current and future generation of engineers and scientists, we must be creative and expand the types of activities at our conference beyond the presentations. Augmenting conference formats can increase engagement in the community through competitions, virtual participation, and invitations to speakers outside our core field of study.
Improving access between mentors and mentees through the local chapters, conferences, and committees, meanwhile, helps to expand mentorship opportunities and enrich these activities. And improving diversity is an ongoing effort that goes beyond inclusion of gender or race, to include global, technical and organizational (academic, industry and government) representation. My early mentors were men and came from different fields of engineering, math and physics, both in academia and industry. Diversity can improve our conferences, committees, publications and volunteer positions. To achieve diversity, we need to continue to recognize its importance—and to actively reach out to the community for involvement.
Luc Bergé Profile
Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique, France
Luc Bergé graduated in pure mathematics from the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, where he was born, and in theoretical physics from the Université Paris-Sud, Orsay. In 1989, he received his PhD in theoretical physics, devoted to the analytical modeling of strong Langmuir turbulence in laser-driven fusion plasmas. In 1997, he passed his Habilitation thesis on wave collapse in physics. Since 1990, he has been a research scientist at CEA (French Commission for Atomic Energy), working on parametric instabilities in plasmas. In 1995, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Risoe National Laboratory in Denmark. There, he turned to nonlinear optics and investigated the self-focusing of powerful light pulses in Kerr media, proved the stability of quadratic solitons in chi2 crystals and the arrest of wave collapse by normal group-velocity dispersion. While at CEA, he devoted his research to the filamentation of ultrashort laser pulses in transparent media (air, liquids or dielectrics) and related properties such as supercontinuum generation, pulse self-compression and frequency conversion processes. From 2010, Luc Bergé focused his scientific activities on terahertz pulse generation induced by multi-color femtosecond pulses in gases and on nanosecond light pulses subject to stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in thick optical glasses. He proposed efficient technological solutions to suppress SBS in large laser systems. Currently, Luc Bergé and his team are developing new theoretical and numerical treatments for the production of intense THz waves produced by ultrashort laser pulses at high, near-relativistic intensities, bridging thereby the fields of extreme nonlinear optics and plasma physics. Also involved in experimental efforts on innovative detection methods, Luc Bergé is coordinating the project ALTESSE, which is devoted to ultrabroadband terahertz spectroscopy and funded by the National Research Agency in France.
Luc Bergé’s activities have been expressed in 140 articles, six book chapters, two review articles and 140 conferences. He was elected an OSA Fellow in 2009 and Fellow of the European Physical Society (EPS) in 2016. He received the DGA-Young Researcher Prize in 1997 and the second Bull-Fourier Prize in 2012. He is Director of Research at CEA, where he is heading a laboratory dedicated to radiation-matter interaction. He actively promotes high-performance computing for nonlinear optics. Luc Bergé serves as Chair of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the EPS (until June 2017) and as a Member of the EPS Executive Committee. He was General, coordinating Chair of the conference CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2015, co-sponsored by EPS, IEEE/Photonics and OSA, before chairing the 2017 CLEO/Europe Steering Committee. He served as president and jury member of several EPS awards. He was member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Remote Sensing” between 2009 and 2014, and was a Guest Editor of the Special Issue of EuroPhysics News on the Science of Light in 2015.
Luc Bergé Statement
Optics is the science used by every other science. We can see its major impacts in information and materials science, communication networks, molecular chemistry, medical imaging, quantum physics, Earth science and cosmology. Optics and photonics also offer truly disruptive technologies for sustainable development and new energy sources, for advancing human well-being, for mitigating climate change and for ensuring security.
Because there seemed no limit to learning more in that field, I willingly turned to the science of light after my Ph.D. studies, which had originally been devoted to theoretical plasma physics. Then, like many others, I found my professional home with OSA, which offered me a large variety of high-quality publications and meetings. A couple of decades later, I still enjoy sharing scientific results and ideas with my colleagues in OSA’s world-renowned conferences, where the society fosters creative interactions between accomplished scientists, engineers and students. Therefore, I feel honored to stand as a candidate for OSA Director at Large.
Open science. OSA maintains excellent standards of peer review and paper selection. It did not miss the open-access revolution, setting up online-only journals dedicated to the rapid dissemination of high-impact results. A first challenge will be to continue to guarantee impartial and professional reports from the reviewer community, in spite of the increasing number of publishers worldwide. Concerning the OSA meetings, I would like to see them open more to the various areas of physics. Joint sessions encouraging the cross-fertilization of ideas could be regularly hosted within “hybrid conferences” co-organized with other learned societies tied to different fields of physics.
Open to the youth. OSA regularly attracts young researchers, who find it “the place to be” in optics, with its global network of Student Chapters and its Ambassador Program. If I am elected, I would like to do even more for our young researchers. As chair of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the European Physical Society, I recently created the Travel Grant Student Awards with the board to help worthy Ph.D. students to attend the CLEO/Europe conference. I would propose that, in addition to the offering child care support for conferences, the OSA technical divisions, in cooperation with the conference managers, offer more grants to fund students’ participation in OSA topical meetings and forums.
Open to the world. Over many years, OSA has shown a deep commitment to minorities and women. These actions must continue, of course, —and the same holds true for its programs dedicated to education outreach. My opinion is that these efforts should be complemented by novel initiatives oriented to developing countries. OSA should support societal projects with high visibility (for example, ‘Lighting Africa’ or using light-based technology to improve water purification devices), and thereby contribute more to the global priorities of international non-governmental organizations. Dedicated programs could be elaborated with the OSA Industry Development Associates, which would broaden our contacts with policy makers, not only in the United States, but also throughout Europe and Asia.
Ekaterina Golovchenko Profile
IPG Photonics, USA
Ekaterina Golovchenko is currently Director, Global Telecommunications Product Line Management at IPG Photonics, where she leads new market development and coherent optical transport platform design. Having graduated from the Physics Department of Moscow State University, Golovchenko started her career at the Academy of Sciences of Russia, and in 1991 received her Ph.D. During this time, her passion was in nonlinear fiber optics, solitons, and femtosecond phenomena contributing to discovery of slowing down and delaying of optical solitons through higher order effects in femtosecond domain, and depicting a thorough picture of interplay between parametric and Raman effects in fiber. In 1994, Golovchenko joined Prof. Menuyk’s group at the University of Maryland where she furthered her expertise in numerical modeling and nonlinear effects in fibers to study soliton’s frequency self-shift effects working together with Dr. Jim Gordon’s and Dr. Lynn Mollenauer’s groups in Bell Labs.
In 1997, Golovchenko joined TE Connectivity business unit for subsea communications (TE SubCom).
During her 16 year tenure with TE SubCom, she was responsible for multiple development projects from system design simulator, to definition of strategic product directions, assessment of technical capabilities, and defining products to meet these needs. She led development, engineering, implementation and technical sales support for more than 20 global undersea fiber optic networks from ultra-long haul trans-Pacific coherent systems to first submerged undersea OADM networks. For her breakthrough contributions and technical excellence, Golovchenko was named TE Connectivity Fellow in 2009.
The urge to explore new frontiers led Golovchenko to TE Connectivity technology corporate office, where she was in charge of a multimillion corporate new business incubation fund and innovation management initiatives. Her responsibility was to define conditions for experimentations and spur exploration and innovation across TE Connectivity, with a goal to drive growth in disruptive technologies from sensors to contactless connectivity solutions. During her tenure in the TE corporate office (2013-2017), she successfully defined the global new business incubation platform and methodology, and sponsored programs from silicon photonics current sensors to 60GHz mm wave contactless data connectors and transducer catheters for intra-cardiac surgeries.
An internationally recognized leader and innovator, Golovchenko has co-authored more than 100 technical publications, a few book chapters, and holds more than a dozen patents in the field of fiber optics communications. She was awarded the TE Connectivity Innovation Award for 100Gb/s coherent transceiver in 2013 and the Thomas Alva Edison Patent award from R&D Council of New Jersey for “Optical Transmission Systems Including Repeated and Unrepeated Segments” in 2016.
Golovchenko has always been passionate about engagement with professional societies, such as OSA and IEEE Photonics Society. She has devoted more than 10 years to OFC starting as chair of the OFC 2006 subcommittee on Fiber and Propagation effects to Program Chair in 2008 and General Chair in 2010. She is currently serving on OFC Steering Committee. She was on the ECOC Technical Committee from 2010 to 2016 and served as Transmission Subcommittee Chair in 2013. She has served on CLEO technical committees, several NSF review panels and was a member of the NSF Center for Integrated Access Networks Strategic Advisory Board. Golovchenko is a Senior Member of IEEE Photonics Society, where she served as VP conferences 2006-2008, Tyndall Award Committee member in 2009, Young Investigator Award Committee Chair 2007-2008, and Guest editor for Journal of Lightwave Technology in 2009.
Ekaterina Golovchenko Statement
OSA celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016—and, as a “young centennial” organization, it now faces new frontiers for advancing optics and photonics. We live in an age of social networks, a mix of ever-growing demand for sophisticated communication technologies and for new information dissemination networks. OSA must embrace these changes and drive global innovation through its conferences, journals and industry membership programs.
For me, the OFC committee not only has been part of my professional family for more than a decade, but the conference itself has been a major source of innovative ideas, cultivating my understanding of emerging technical directions. In an age of change, it is imperative to maintain the excellence of OSA events and journals to grow our global community, and nurture the younger generation of OSA members. A few themes that are important as we steer into second OSA century are:
Nurturing breakthroughs and disruptive innovation trends. Since its beginnings, OSA has been a place for scientists and researchers to come together to push photonics and optics technologies to new frontiers. It should be even more so now, as the Internet of Things and the rise of content providers change the global business and research landscape. OSA conferences and journals should continue to provide a beacon tracking new and upcoming disruptions, and embracing them through events and journals.
Facing open-access information flow. Influenced by social media and accessibility of high-quality video and portable recording devices, we are entering a new era of open-access, on-demand information. New patterns of information dissemination should emerge to support unconstrained data exchange, promoting co-innovation and invention.
Growing diversity is a major resource for technology advancement. The theme of women in science and engineering is on the agenda of all professional societies. The objective is to help and foster the incorporation of young women into industrial and academic research, and to give visibility to the contribution of women in scientific advances and social progress. OSA should be a major advocate supporting promotion of women engineers in innovation, entrepreneurship and technical and executive leadership.
Supporting STEM and young researchers. The future of the world economy lies in STEM. How can we make the study of science and technology attractive to young people? Be it through showing real science in action, or advancing attractive STEM careers, or just offering fun ways to solve tough problems, OSA should continue to be at the edge of driving these programs—and, ultimately, fostering a new generation of scientists, researchers and engineers capable of changing the world.
Chi-Kuang Sun Profile
National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Chi-Kuang Sun is a Life Distinguished Professor in the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Medicine at National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan. He received his S.B. in Electrical Engineering from NTU in 1987, and S.M. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1990 and 1995 respectively. He was an Assistant Researcher in the NSF Center for Quantized Electronics Structures (QUEST) at UCSB between 1995 and 1996. He joined the NTU faculty in 1996 and is currently the AmTRAN Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering and Photonics at NTU and Adjunct Research Fellow of Physics and Applied Sciences at Academia Sinica, Taiwan. He is the founder and a chief investigator of the Molecular Imaging Center, one of the 7 university-level excellence centers at NTU. He was Deputy Dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, NTU.
Chi-Kuang Sun’s research involves optical molecular imaging, nonlinear microscopy, ultrafast phenomena, nano-ultrasonics, THz health care, advanced femtosecond laser technologies, and applications in virtual biopsy diagnosis, treatment and therapy assessment, surgical guidance, wearable monitoring device, neural science, virus epidemic control, paleontology, interfacial water imaging, and boson peak studies. He leads the advancement and clinical applications of third harmonic generation microscopy for noninvasive differential diagnosis of skin lesions. He is a pioneer for the development of dielectric THz fibers and THz-fiber-based imaging systems, including THz fiber-endoscope, THz near-field microscope, and THz mammography for noninvasive breast cancer and blood examination. He proposes and demonstrates the generation and detection of femtosecond acoustic pulses by using piezoelectric nanolayers, combined with the slow sound velocity and high temporal resolution, for noninvasive atomic-level resolution ultrasound imaging.
Chi-Kuang Sun is a Fellow of OSA, IEEE, and SPIE. He received the Outstanding Research Award from National Science Council (Taiwan) three times and the MERIT Award from National Health Research Institute (Taiwan) two times, the Leica Microsystems Innovation Award, the C.N. Yang Outstanding Young Researcher Award, the Y. Z. Hsu Science Chair Professorship, and the AmTRAN Chair Professorship. He was the General Chair of the PHONONS 2010 conference and the 6th Asian Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena. He has been an OSA member since 1991 and is now a life member.
Chi-Kuang Sun Statement
Since 1991, OSA has been my home professional society. I have published papers in Optics Letters since 1995; attended CLEO conferences since 1993; served on CLEO subcommittees and the Fellow Members Committee; served as a topical editor of Optics Letters; served as the treasurer, vice president, and president of OSA’s Taiwan Section—and also witnessed a decline in the rankings of OSA-published professional journals, including Optics Letters, and the rise of many successful new conferences not organized or managed by OSA.
As the professional optics society—not just in the United States, but on Earth—OSA faces global challenges. Some of those challenges come from the fast-expanding industry and its nature, encompassing areas from green energy to health care. And some of the challenges come from the rise of the new optics populations in different geographical areas, such as China.
If I have the honor to serve as a Director at Large, I will encourage OSA to act more assertively with respect to journal publication, conference organization, outreach/education programs and member services. The Optical Society should formulate different outreach strategies targeted to different geographical areas that have different industrial natures and cultures. In East Asia, for example, lighting, solar devices and display technology play significant roles in optics-related industries—yet most photonics researchers and students working in these fields are not reached and probed by OSA.
Major OSA conferences outside the North America should thus be strengthened, with regular outreach to these photonics researchers and industrial colleagues, not only to broaden the OSA spectrum but also for global leadership. Cohosted regional conferences with domestic sister societies can also serve this purpose, but these arrangements must allow our local members to play a more dominant role in order to attract, and better serve, our young blood, especially members of the local student chapters.
With a 100-year history, OSA should also find new balance between its traditions and new trends in its publication strategy. Clear positioning of different OSA journals should be visible to our loyal authors, and the leadership position in term of ranking should be retaken and reconfirmed. With a booming worldwide industry, OSA should thus further strengthen its existing programs and services to members, to cross-link this huge, diverse population in an ever-changing world.
Mourad Zghal Profile
University of Carthage, Tunisia
Mourad Zghal, a Fellow of the OSA is a Tunisian by birth who received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Tunis-Manar University in 2000. After a career working in R&D at several telecommunication companies, Prof. Zghal accepted a faculty position at the University of Carthage, where he is currently a Professor of Optical Communications. In addition, Prof Zghal served as Director of the University’s Graduate School from 2009 to 2011.
Prof Zghal leads an optoelectronics research group with a main focus on the design and characterization of specialty fibers and nonlinear propagation of ultrashort pulses which has published over 150 journal papers, conference proceedings, etc. Prof Zghal has received several major awards, including the ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Prize for his original work in the development of photonic crystal fibers and for his active commitment aimed at the diffusion of research in optics in Africa.
Zghal is currently a Vice President of the ICO International Commission for Optics, (2014-2017). He is one of the co-founders of the Optical Society of Tunisia, established in 2002, and has served as President since 2012. His professional service also includes, serving on various Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (ETOP) committees (organized and co-chaired the 2013 ETOP meeting in Porto, Portugal), the Advisory Committee for the International Year of Light, a member of numerous program or steering committees for OSA conferences, a member of the OSA Esther Hoffman Beller Medal Award Committee, advisor of the OSA Tunisia Student Chapter, and a regular reviewer for various OSA and other journals.
Prof Zghal has also been very active in the area of education. He co-founded the African Laser Center, an organization encouraging exchange of researchers and students across Africa. He serves on the Trieste System Optical Sciences Advisory Committee at ICTP, Trieste, Italy. He has organized numerous workshops and schools, including those involving the UNESCO Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP) program. He has mentored students from other African countries and has been an active participant in pan-African educational workshops.
Mourad Zghal Statement
I have a great interest in the development of optical science and engineering in developing countries, especially in the continent of Africa. In 2009, I took a leading role with a group of dynamic students to establish the first OSA student chapter in Tunisia and the second in Africa. In order to improve optics and photonics knowledge of students and to get young people excited about education and careers in STEM fields, an area of crucial importance to society, the student chapter has organized different outreach activities and pan-African educational workshops using the Optics Suitcase offered by OSA as well as other resources.
I strongly believe, based on my personal experience with student chapter activities, that great opportunities to bring science to students can be realized through professional and technical outreach as well social-networking activities. It is through this example that I see the importance of the roles that OSA has played, and can continue to play in the future:
Excellence in science. With its journals, conferences, schools, workshops, technical groups and more, OSA is the place where the best scientific results can be showcased and shared. This is the fundamental mission of the society. The society should encourage and foster frontier areas of the field by special meetings, workshops, etc.
Student activities and chapters. Providing adequate resources to student chapters is one of the most important roles that OSA can play in order to attract the best young minds to technical careers in the field of optics and photonics. There should be strong support for student activities and chapters internationally.
International representation. OSA should strengthen its role as a global organization and be inclusive of all areas of the world.