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Two INRS professors named Fellows of the American Physical Society

For their outstanding contributions in physics

Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS

Professors Roberto Morandotti and Federico Rosei of the INRS Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). The prestigious recognition from their peers acknowledges both professors' outstanding contributions in physics.

The APS Fellowship, a great honour bestowed on a mere 0.5% of the society's members, recognizes the innovative research of Professor Morandotti in photonics and Professor Rosei in nanotechnology. Prior to the dual appointment, INRS faculty included a single APS Fellow, Professor Emeritus Tudor Wyatt Johnston.

The APS Division of Laser Science singled out Professor Morandotti's ground-breaking work in discrete systems and nonlinear optics in the terahertz regime, which places his work on the leading edge in the field of ultra-high speed communications. Professor Rosei's recognition in the Division of Materials Physics came for his world-renowned, pioneering research in advanced materials, specifically the physical properties of organic and inorganic compounds and molecular assembly.

Our sincere congratulations to both professors. INRS is proud to be home to elite international physics researchers.

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Biography - Roberto Morandotti

Professor Roberto Morandotti has made breakthrough discoveries that have revolutionized the field of lasers and facilitated the transition from electronics to optics in telecommunications. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada (2012), the Optical Society of America (OSA, 2011) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE, 2012). He is also Fellow of the Institute of Physics and senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was recipient of the 2011 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship. Professor Morandotti has served as a committee member for several SPIE, OSA, and IEEE conferences and will be General Chair at the CLEO-QELS, an important conference to be held in San Jose, California, in summer 2016. He is a prolific author with over 500 academic journal articles and conference papers to his name, and has been invited as guest speaker at some hundred international conferences.

Biography - Federico Rosei

Professor Federico Rosei's work in material physics has led to scientific innovations and practical applications in electronics, energy, and the life sciences. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, UNESCO Chair on Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage (MATECSS), and recipient of the 2014 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship. Among Professor Rosei's many awards and distinctions are the José Vasconcelos World Award of Education, given by the World Cultural Council; the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2011); and the Herzberg and Rutherford medals for chemistry from the Canadian Association of Physics (2013) and the Royal Society of Canada (2011), respectively. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences, senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Nanotechnology, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Australian Institute of Physics.

About INRS

Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) is a graduate-level research and training university and ranks first in Canada for research intensity (average grant funding per faculty member). INRS brings together some 150 professors as well as 700 students and postdoctoral fellows at its four centres in Montreal, Quebec City, Laval, and Varennes. Its applied and fundamental research is essential to the advancement of science in Quebec and internationally even as it plays a key role in the development of concrete solutions to the problems faced by our society.

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