Professional Experience


2009 - present

Scientific Director and Principal Investigator

Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funded project entitled Laboratories for Broadband Optical and Wireless Systems (LBOWS). The LBOWS team, which includes nine co-investigators, and 17 collaborators, received $13.8M to research optical and wireless networks.


2008 - present

Scientific Director and Principal Investigator

Direct the scientific activities of a NSERC Strategic Research Network entitled Healthcare Support through Information Technology Enhancements (hSITE). hSITE is comprised of 21 professors, 75 students, post-docs, and research professionals from 7 universities and will receive 5.5 million dollars for the direct costs of research over 5 years commencing October 1, 2008.

McGill University

2007 - present

Bell Canada/NSERC Industrial Research Chair (IRC)

The objective of the NSERC IRC award is to assist universities in building on existing strengths to achieve the critical mass required for a major scientific research endeavor of interest to industry. As an IRC holder I am currently exploring ultra-high bit rate optical transport and access networks.


2004 - present

Director and Principal Investigator

Direct the scientific activities of a Quebec funded center pursuing communications research. The Centre pour les systèmes et technologies avancés en communications (SYTACom) is comprised of 50 professors from 10 universities, and research funding has been renewed until 2017, effective April 1, 2011.

McGill University

2004 - present


Duties include research and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. During my career at McGill University as a Professor, I have applied scientific inquiry and engineering theory to solve complex problems.

McGill University

2001 - present

James McGill Professor

The objective of the James McGill professorship award is to advance and support the scholarship and research of exceptional academic staff in priority areas of intellectual interest. A James McGill Professor is equivalent of a Tier I Canada Research Chair.

McGill University

2006 - 2011

Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Responsible for managing all aspects of the Department, including academic and professional personnel, budget, and infrastructure.


2003 - 2009

Scientific Director and Principal Investigator

Direct and manage the activities of a NSERC Research Network entitled Agile All-Photonic Networks (AAPN). AAPN is comprised of 14 professors, 92 students, post-docs, and research professionals from five universities and will receive 7.5 million dollars for the direct costs of research over 5.5 years commencing January 1, 2003.

McGill University


Associate Dean Research and Graduate Education

Responsible for initiating and managing new research and graduate education based initiatives in the Faculty of Engineering.

AKDP Photonics

1999 - 2005

Vice President

Provided consulting and training in photonics to industrial clients across North America.

McGill University

1997 - 2004

Associate Professor

AcceLight Networks

2000 - 2001

Director of Optical Integration

Established and subsequently directed the Accelight Networks Optical Division. Led a research team that demonstrated two optical switching modules that have no moving parts. In both cases, the switch modules represented world’s firsts.

McGill University

1993 - 1997

Assistant Professor


1989 - 1993

Research Engineer

Conducted research in microwave and millimeterwave optoelectronics, optoelectronic device packaging, optical interconnects, and high temperature superconducting thin films.

Brown University

1985 - 1989

Graduate Research Assistant

Conducted M.Sc. and Ph.D. research.