Dr. Pavel Cheben
National Research Council of Canada
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K1A 0R6 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Pavel Cheben is a Principal Research Officer at the National Research Council (NRC) Canada. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University and McMaster University, Guest Professor at University of Zilina, and Honorary Professor at University of Malaga. He earned an MSc in Microelectronics from Slovak Technical University and a PhD in Physics from the Complutense University of Madrid. He was appointed as a Director of the College in Integrated Optics at the International Center for Theoretical Physics of the United Nations, UNESCO (2014). He was also a visiting researcher at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and University Paris Sud (France). He was one of the lead scientists involved in starting-up Optenia Inc. and developed the first commercial echelle-grating wavelength multiplexer. Before joining the NRC, he was with the National Institute for Aerospace Technology of the Ministry of Defense, Spain (1992-97), where he was responsible for the establishment of the Laboratory of Space Instrumentation. Dr. Cheben is a leading expert in integrated optics, silicon photonics, subwavelength nanophotonics and biosensing. He has co-authored more than 380 journal and conference papers, has 30 patent applications and has given over 160 invited presentations. His achievements were featured in many press releases, including Nature, New York Times, Nature Science Update, Physics Today, Chemical and Engineering News, New Scientist, Ottawa Business Journal, Wirtschafts Woche e-Business and El Pais, to name a few. For outstanding work in the field of technical sciences, the Scientific Council of the Slovak Academy of Sciences awarded him the International Prize, the Council’s highest international honor. He is the 2001 recipient of the NRC Industrial Achievement Award. In 2014 he was elected to the highest Fellow rank of the European Optical Society and in 2015 also to the Fellow of the OSA, Optical Society.