2018 Board of Directors Biographies

Arti Agrawal

University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Term: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019

Arti Agrawal is Associate Professor at University of Technology Sydney in the Faculty of Engineering and IT as well as Director of Women in Engineering and IT. She was previously Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering at City University London. Arti was awarded a Royal Society postdoctoral fellowship in 2005. Prior to the fellowship, she completed a PhD and MSc in Physics from IIT Delhi, and BSc (Hons) in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. Arti is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist. She is also a Senior Member of the IEEE and the Optical Society. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Optical Society, serving as Chair of the Membership Engagement and Development Council and Associate Vice President for Diversity for IEEE Photonics Society. Arti is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Photonics Journal.  Her research interests lie in modelling of optical devices including optical fibers, solar cells, plasmonic devices, and 2D materials. She has written a book titled, Finite Element Modelling Methods for Photonics in 2013 and co-edited a book titled, Recent Trends in Computational Photonics in 2017. Arti is passionate about making science and engineering inclusive and having more women and people from all minority groups in the profession.

Roel Baets

Ghent University - IMEC, Belgium
Term: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020

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.  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.  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.

Gisele Bennett

BennettGeorgia Institute of Technology, USA
Term: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020

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.  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.

Shanti Bhattacharya

IShanti BhattacharyaIT Madras, India
Term: 1 January 2017 - 30 April 2018

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 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. 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.

Mark Brongersma

Mark BrongersmaStanford, USA
Term: 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2019

Mark Brongersma is a Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Applied Physics (by courtesy) at Stanford University. He leads a research team of ten students and four postdocs. Their research is directed towards the development and physical analysis of new materials and structures that find use in nanoscale electronic and photonic devices. He studied physics at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He received his Ph.D. from the FOM Institute in Amsterdam in 1998. There he investigated the optical properties of light-emitting silicon nanostructures. From 1998-2001, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology. During this time, he worked on light manipulation with metallic nanostructures below the free space diffraction limit. There, he coined the term “plasmonics” for a new device technology that exploits the unique optical properties of nanoscale metallic structures to route and manipulate light at the nanoscale. He has authored\co-authored over 175 publications, including papers in Science, Nature Photonics, Nature Materials, and Nature Nanotechnology. He also holds a number of patents in the area of Si microphotonics and plasmonics. He is a co-founder of Rolith, a company that has developed a range of products that require large-area, low-cost, high-throughput nanostructuring. Brongersma was the Chair of the Gordon Conference on Plasmonics in 2014. He received a National Science Foundation Career Award, the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, the International Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences (Physics) for his work on plasmonics, and is a Fellow of The Optical Society, SPIE, and the American Physical Society.

Pierre Chavel

Pierre ChavelCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Institut d'Optique, France
Term: 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019

Pierre Chavel graduated from the Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay, with a docteur es sciences in physics in 1979. Since 1972, he has been a research scientist at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), working at the Institut d'Optique – Graduate School. His research interests include subwavelength diffractive optics, digital image processing, optical coherence, speckle and optoelectronic computing. His publications include some 120 articles in refereed journals and 12 patents and he edited or co-edited several books. He has taught courses on physical optics, coherence, geometrical optics, optics in computing, speckle, Fourier analysis and Fourier optics at IOGS and other institutions. As a participant or PI, he has been involved for many years in research projects funded by the European Union “Framework Programme” for Science and Technology. From 2004 through 2009, he chaired the board of shareholders of one high tech startup company in the field of biophotonics. He served as the Director of Laboratoire Charles Fabry (1998-2009, 2013-2014) and is serving as a deputy director for the Saint-Etienne site of Institut d’Optique, also working there with Laboratoire Hubert Curien. He was a visiting scientist at the Image Processing Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles during 1979-1980, and a Xiing Sheng Chern Visiting Professor at the Institute of Modern Optics, Nankai University, Tianjin, China (2007-2010). A Fellow of OSA, SPIE (International Society of Optics and Photonics), and the European Optical Society, he served on the board of SFO, the French Optical Society (1983-89 and 91-95) and as the Secretary of the International Commission for Optics, 1990-2002 and as a chair of a number of scientific conferences, including CLEO Europe 2000 (one of the two program chairs) and CLEO Europe 2003 (one of the two general chairs). He is also the President of the French Physics Olympiads (2011-present).

Aref Chowdhury

Nokia, USA
Term: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019

Dr. Aref Chowdhury is the Chief Technology Officer Optics at Nokia. He received his Bachelor of Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1994 in electrical engineering and applied mathematics and statistics, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001. From 1995 to 1997, he worked as a Senior Engineer for Alcatel CIT. After his Ph.D., he joined the Optical Physics Research Department of Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA as a Member of Technical Staff in 2001. He has pursued research in the areas of nonlinear optics, negative refractive index metamaterials, optical fiber communication, and white LED lighting. From 2008 to 2010, he served as Senior Manager of Intellectual Property and Standards. Since 2011, he has been in his current position as CTO Optics. He currently serves OSA as Chair of the Meetings Council, Member of the Fellows Committee, and Member of the OIDA Executive Forum Planning Committee. He previously also served as the Chair of the Board of Meetings and Chair of the Photonics and Optoelectronics Division. Dr. Chowdhury is a recipient of the MIT TR100 Young Innovator Award, a Bell Labs Fellow and an OSA Fellow.


Turan Erdogan 

Turan ErodganPlymouth Grating Laboratory, Inc., USA
Term: 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018

Turan Erdogan has been studying, teaching, and practicing optics for 30 years.  He is currently President of Plymouth Grating Laboratory, Inc.  Prior to his current position, Erdogan was Site Leader of Melles Griot in Rochester, New York, a leading provider of high-performance lens assemblies and optical modules for biological imaging, semiconductor metrology, and other applications.  He has also served since 2011 as the CTO and VP of Business Development for the IDEX Optics & Photonics platform.  In 2000, Dr. Erdogan co-founded Semrock, Inc., which was then acquired by IDEX in 2008.  Semrock revolutionized the manufacturing of high-performance thin-film optical filters for fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy applications.  Prior to Semrock, he was a tenured professor at the The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, where he joined in 1994.  There he conducted research primarily on fiber and waveguide devices and holographic optical materials.  He taught courses offered to freshmen through advanced graduate students, and supervised both undergraduate and graduate research associates, graduating a number of Ph.D. students who have gone on to make their own marks in the world of optics.  He also consulted with numerous companies around the world on problems relating to Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) fiber-optic communications components and devices.  From 1992 to 1994 Dr. Erdogan was a post-doctoral researcher at Bell Laboratories, then part of AT&T.  There he conducted research on the physics of ultraviolet photosensitivity in germanium-doped silica optical fibers, planar waveguides, and bulk glasses, and developed numerous applications of fiber Bragg grating technology for precise wavelength control in WDM communications systems.  He has a Ph.D. from The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, and B.S. Degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Ekaterina Golovchenko

IPG Photonics Corporation, USA
Term: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020

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.

Joseph A. Izatt

Duke University, USA
Term: 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018

Joseph A. Izatt is the Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt School of Engineering, Professor of Ophthalmology, and Program Director for Biophotonics at the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Prof. Izatt’s research interests include biomedical optics and spectroscopy, coherence-based optical imaging in scattering media, and novel instrumentation for minimally invasive medical diagnostics. He is recognized for seminal contributions to the underlying technology and clinical translation of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), including pioneering work in development of OCT for now widespread applications in ophthalmic, endoscopic, pediatric, angiographic, portable, and intra-surgical imaging. Izatt’s laboratory and collaborators have also made fundamental contributions to confocal, adaptive-optic, and super-resolution microscopy and biomedical image processing for in-vivo imaging. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, more than 325 contributed and 120 invited lectures and presentations, and more than 65 issued patents. His publications to date have accumulated over 30,000 citations. He has supervised to completion more than 30 Ph.D. students and post-docs, many of whom have advanced to leadership positions in biomedical optics in academia and industry. Professor Izatt has licensed multiple commercial technologies related to optical biomedical imaging and OCT. He was a co-founder, Chairman and Chief Scientific Advisor for Bioptigen, Inc., which was acquired by Leica Microsystems in 2016. Dr. Izatt is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), The Optical Society (OSA), and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).  Izatt has been deeply involved with OSA since his graduate student days, and has served on numerous conference program, rapid action, and advisory committees, and as a Program and General Chair for OSA Topical Meetings. For the last decade he has become especially engaged as a volunteer with OSA Publishing, first as founding Editor of the Division of Biomedical Optics, Applied Optics (2006-2010), then as founding Editor-In-Chief of Biomedical Optics Express (OSA’s principal outlet serving the biomedical optics community, 2010-2015), and currently as Chair of the OSA Publications Council (2017-2018). He has served on the OSA Strategic Planning Committee since 2015, and as Publications Council Chair also serves on the OSA Board of Directors, Finance Committee, and Library Advisory Committee.

Franz Kärtner

Franz KäertnerCenter for Free-Electron Laser Science (DESY) and University of Hamburg, Germany
Term: 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018

Franz Kärtner heads the Ultrafast Optics and X-rays Division at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) at DESY, Hamburg, and is Professor of Physics at University of Hamburg and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Professor Kärtner received his Diploma and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Technical University in Munich, Germany in 1986, and 1989, respectively, developing a generalized noise analysis for microwave oscillators now used in commercial CAD tools. During his postdoc period from 1989-1991, he switched to quantum optics and worked on squeezed state generation from microwave devices and in fibers, which he continued as Feodor-Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at MIT working with Hermann Haus and Erich Ippen. From 1993 to 1997, he earned his Habilitation Degree at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology working with Ursula Keller on several topics in Ultrafast Optics, such as the semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors for stable modelocking or Q-switching of solid-state lasers and dispersion compensating laser optics. After a visiting professorship in 1998 at MIT he joined University of Karlsruhe (TH), now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), as Professor of Electrical Engineering and held the Chair for Photonics and Terahertz Technology. In 2001 he returned to MIT where he became full professor in 2005.

Michal Lipson

Michal LipsonColumbia University, USA
Term: 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018

Michal Lipson is the Eugene Higgins Professor at Columbia University. She completed her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics in the Technion in 1998. Following a Postdoctoral position in MIT in the Material Science department from 1998 to 2001, she joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University and was named the Given Foundation Professor of Engineering at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2012. In 2015 she joined the electrical engineering department at Columbia University. Lipson is one of the pioneers of the field of silicon photonics. She holds over 20 patents and is the author of over 200 technical papers. Prof. Lipson’s honors and awards include Macarthur Fellow, Blavatnik Award, IBM Faculty Award, and NSF Early Career Award. She is a Fellow of both the OSA and of IEEE.  She was named by Thomson Reuters as a top 1% highly cited researcher in the field of Physics.

Carlos Lopez-Mariscal

UMariscal Lopeznderwater Photonics, Inc., Mexico
Term: 1 March 2016 - 31 December 2018

Carlos Lopez-Mariscal is the Lead Optical Scientist at Underwater Photonics, Inc. He obtained BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2007, he joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he designed and built precision microfluidic devices to produce single-molecule containers used for optical micromanipulation. He also developed numerical algorithms to generate custom-shaped non-diffracting laser beams.  In 2010, he joined the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC., where he developed homeland security and defense threat countermeasure technologies. There, he also conducted research on optical force chromatography of aerosols and living cells. He has served as the inaugural Chair of the Optical Trapping and Applications (OTA) topical meeting from 2008 to 2012, as well as a program subcommittee chair for Frontiers in Optics. He has been a member of the Optics & Photonics News Editorial Advisory Committee and the Membership and Education Services Council.  Lopez-Mariscal is an avid supporter of OSA’s young professionals community, and has promoted their active involvement in the Society's programs and initiatives. He has spoken at large to OSA student chapters worldwide about professional career development and about the skills required to navigate an ever-challenging professional world. Some of the topics of his talks include: Giving an Outstanding Talk, Successful Professional Networking, What to Expect at a Job Interview, Peer-Reviewing 101 and How to Write a Great Journal Paper. He has been an OSA Traveling Lecturer at more than 20 institutions in 11 different countries and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and two book chapters.


Claudio Mazzali

Corning, Inc., USA
Term: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019

Dr. Claudio Mazzali was appointed Sr.Vice President and CTO of the Corning Optical Communications Sector on January 2015. In this role, he is responsible for the innovation and technology strategy to support Corning’s product portfolio in optical fibers, cables and connectivity from submarine to next gen converged optical-wireless access networks and cloud data centers. Claudio joined Corning in 1999 and has held multiple positions in technology as well as strategic alliances management, product line management and new business development.   Mazzali holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute at Unicamp, Brazil. He is a member of the American Physical Society, 2018-2019 Chair of the OSA Industry Development Associates Council, and Alumni of the Global2020 program at Tuck School of Business.

Martijn de Sterke

Martijn de SterkeUniversity of Syndey, Australia 
Term: 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019

Martijn de Sterke was bitten by the optics bug during a third-year undergraduate laboratory experiment at the University of Delft in the Netherlands, studying the aberrations of microscope objectives. He received B. Eng. and M. Eng. degrees from Delft, and his Ph.D. in optics from the University of Rochester (1987). After postdoctoral work at the University of Toronto, he took up a faculty position at the University of Sydney in 1991, where he has been a Professor in Physics since 2003. He was Associate Dean for Research at Sydney from 2004-2006. He received the Pawsey Medal from the Australian Academy of Sciences in 1999, and was awarded an OSA Fellowship in 2003.  Martijn de Sterke has been associated with OSA since 1987, when, as a graduate student, he presented at the annual meeting held in Rochester, N.Y. More recently (2001-2006), he has been Associate Editor of Optics Express, and he was its Editor-in-Chief during 2007-2012, a time during which the yearly submissions to the journal nearly doubled to over 6,000. He was the first from outside North America to be appointed to be Editor-in-Chief of an OSA journal. Since 2014 he has been Chair of OSA’s Board of Editors. He has been active in conference organization, most notably as a Program Chair of the 2011 CLEO Pacific Rim conference meeting held in Sydney, and also of the QELS conference when it was held in Munich in 2013. He has been an OSA Traveling lecturer for many years, most recently visiting India in 2015 and again earlier this year. From 2006-2007, he was a Council member of the Australian Optical Society (AOS).