QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Professor Roberto Morandotti, a
recognized leader in the field of ultrafast optical communications at
the Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications research center at INRS, has
been awarded the 2011 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, a prestigious
honour conferred by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council of Canada (NSERC). The purpose of the $250,000 fellowship is to
advance the careers of highly talented young researchers whose
innovative work has earned them significant international recognition.
"Professor Roberto Morandotti is a creative and prolific researcher
whose expertise is widely sought after both internationally and here at
home. Since joining INRS in 2003, he has made his mark with cutting
edge work that is helping to revolutionize the telecommunications field
and contribute to innovative solutions for the industry," explained
INRS director general Daniel Coderre.
As a Steacie fellow, Professor Morandotti will pursue his research on
improving telecommunication system performance by developing technology
to enhance data transmission security. "This highly sought-after
fellowship will enable Professor Morandotti to devote himself entirely
to his research which aims to facilitate the shift from electronics to
optics in response to the growing needs of Internet and cellphone
network users. His work will build on previous research on the unique
properties of a microring resonator and other integrated devices for
high speed telecommunications systems", said Jean Claude Kieffer,
director of the Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications research center.
"I am deeply honored by this award. The Steacie Fellowship will offer me
an exceptional opportunity to intensify my research and contribute to
the development of photonics and telecommunications, two fields of
strategic importance for Canada's future," noted Professor Morandotti.
An interview with Professor Morandotti is available on video at http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Media-Media/ForMedia-PourMedias/Steacie-Steacie/Morandotti-Morandotti_eng.asp
Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) is a graduate and
post-graduate research and training university. One of Canada's leading research universities in terms of grants per professor, INRS
brings together some 150 professors and close to 700 students and
post-doctoral fellows in its centers in Montreal, Quebec City, Laval,
and Varennes. Conducting fundamental research essential to the
advancement of science in Quebec as well as internationally, INRS
research teams also play a critical role in developing concrete
solutions to problems facing our society.
SOURCE INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
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