2019 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.

Svetlana Boriskina

BoriskinaMassachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Term: 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2021 

Dr. Svetlana V. Boriskina is a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Originally from the Ukraine, Boriskina 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 the 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 has authored over 100 publications and holds many patents on optical sensor and photon energy conversion systems.  She received 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. She has also been dedicated to student mentorship and teaching, having guided dozens of middle-to-grad-school student mentees during her career in academia. Boriskina has 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 establish an OSA Student Chapter at KNU, and served as the Chapter Faculty Advisor. Over the years, Boriskina served as a member of the OSA Membership and Education 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, a Member of the Optics and Photonics News Editorial Advisory Board, and an Associate Editor at the Optics Express.

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.

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.

Sophie LaRochelle

LaRochelleUniversité Laval, Canada
Term: 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2021 

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 OSA Fellow 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, Prof. LaRochelle 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.

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).