Blusson QMI Investigator Lukas Chrostowski has been named a 2024 Fellow of Optica (formerly OSA) for establishing an international design, fabrication, and test ecosystem in silicon photonics and developing high-performance and photonic integrated circuit components.
“Congratulations to the 2024 class of Optica Fellows,” said Michal Lipson 2023 Optica President. “It is a pleasure to honour these members who are advancing our field and society. We are grateful for their exceptional work and dedication.”
Optica Fellows are selected based on several factors, including outstanding contributions to research, business, education, engineering and service to Optica and the community.
“From optical communications, advanced computing and lasers through to materials processing, quantum information and biosensors, photonics research offers endless possibilities for innovation,” said Chrostowski. “I’m honoured to join the 2024 Optica Fellow Class to foster knowledge generation and education in the field.”
Chrostowski is a leader in silicon photonics, integrated optics, and semiconductor lasers. He has co-authored over 300 journal and conference publications and the widely referenced textbook Silicon Photonics Design (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He has made numerous engineering research contributions in integrated silicon photonics, including innovative solutions to design, fabrication and test optical devices and small system demonstrations in areas such as sensing and optical computing.
He is an acknowledged innovator in developing educational infrastructure to train emerging leaders in silicon photonics. His contributions to silicon photonics education, emphasizing design-based learning, are remarkable and far-reaching. In 2008, he co-developed a hands-on Silicon Nanophotonics Fabrication course at UBC, training students to design silicon photonic integrated circuits and then sent them to foundries for fabrication.
He has launched the NSERC CREATE Silicon Electronic-Photonic Integrated Circuits (Is-EPIC) training program, offering workshops across Canada. He has also developed an online condensed 7-week course on Silicon Photonics Design, Fabrication and Data Analysis that is offered three times per year on edX with 40% participation from industry.
Chrostowski has served as the co-director of UBC’s Advanced Nanofabrication Facility from 2012 to 2017. He is the Program Director of the NSERC CREATE in Quantum Computing Program launched in 2020, equipping graduates with skills in both building quantum computing hardware and software (the next application deadline for this program is January 31, 2024 for Fall 2024 intake).
He is a Founding Member of Quantum BC, a joint initiative led by UBC’s Blusson QMI, Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria that aims to stimulate and enrich collaborative efforts across research, training and innovation in quantum computing.
Chrostowski received his BEng in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in 1998 and a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2004. He joined UBC’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2005 and has been a full Professor since 2015. He joined Blusson QMI as an Investigator in 2016.
Optica (formerly OSA), Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, is the society dedicated to promoting the generation, application, archiving and dissemination of knowledge in the field. Founded in 1916, it is the leading organization for scientists, engineers, business professionals, students and others interested in the science of light. Optica’s renowned publications, meetings, online resources and in-person activities fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate scientific, technical and educational achievement. Discover more at: Optica.org