Latin America Optics & Photonics Conference (LAOP)

Plenary Speakers

Carlos Brito Cruz

Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP, Brazil
Science and Technology in Brazil

Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz graduated in Electrical Engineering (Inst. Tecn. de Aeronáutica, ITA, 1978) and has a MSc in Physics and a DSc in Physics (1980 and 1983, Physics Inst., Univ. of Campinas, Unicamp). He was a visitor at the Quantum Optics Laboratory, at the University of Rome (1981), at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ (1986-7) and Murray Hill, NJ (1990). Brito Cruz directed the Physics Institute at Unicamp for two terms. He has been the Dean of Research at Unicamp, the President of the São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP (1996-2002) and Rector of Unicamp (2002-05). Since 2005 he is the Scientific Director at the São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP. Brito Cruz is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

Philip Russell

Philip Russell, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany
Novel Light-Matter Interactions in Glass Fibre Microstructures

Philip Russell is a Director at the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany and holds the Krupp Chair in Experimental Physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. His research interests currently focus on scientific applications of photonic crystal fibers and related structures. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Optical Society of America and has won several international awards for his research including the 2005 Körber Prize for European Science, the 2005 Thomas Young Prize of the Institute for Physics (UK) and the 2000 OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize.


Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo, Canada
Mid-infrared Generation with Two Color CPA Lasers

Donna Strickland received her B. Eng. Degree in Engineering Physics, from McMaster University in 1981. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 1989 with a Ph.D. in Optics. Along with her PhD supervisor, Dr. Gerard Mourou, Donna Strickland co-invented Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA), which made it possible to amplify ultra-short pulses to unprecedented levels. From 1988 to 1991, Dr. Strickland was a research associate at the National Research Council of Canada. The following year, she was a physicist with the laser division of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 1992, she became a member of the technical staff of Princeton's Advanced Technology Center for Photonics and Opto-electronic Materials. Dr. Strickland joined the physics department of the University of Waterloo as an assistant professor in 1997. At Waterloo, Dr. Strickland's ultrafast laser group develops high-intensity laser systems for nonlinear optics investigations. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and since 2007 has been the Associate Chair of the Department. Dr. Strickland was selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 1998. She received a Premier’s Research Excellence Award in1999 and a Cottrell Scholars Award from Research Corporation in 2000 and was named a Fellow of the Optical Society of America in 2008.

Dr. Strickland has worked on several committees within the OSA. She has been on the editorial board of OPN and is currently a topical editor for Optics Letters. She has chaired the Archie McMahon and R.W. Wood prize committees. She was on the program committee for the International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena in 2002 and is the Program co-chair for FiO 2010. Donna was a member of the MES council from 2004 to 2006. She was elected to be a Director-at-large on the OSA board from 2005-2007 and sat on the Board executive committee during 2006-2007. Currently, she is the OSA appointed VP to the ICO board. Dr. Strickland is the 2011 OSA Vice-President and will serve as OSA President in 2013.