Professional Experience

McGill University

1993 - present

Assistant (1993-1996), Associate (1996-2004), and Full Professor (2004- present)

Duties include research and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level.

McGill University

2019 - present

Tier I Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Optical Fiber Communications Systems

The CRC program stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development. It attracts and retains a diverse cadre of world-class researchers, to reinforce academic research and training excellence in Canadian postsecondary institutions. website:


2017 - present

Director and Principal Investigator

Direct the scientific activities of the Quebec funded Systèmes, technologies etapplications en radiofréquence et communications (STARaCom), comprised of 52 professors and their teams from 10 Quebec universities who areresearching optical and wireless communications.


2009 - 2014

Scientific Director and Principal Investigator


2008 - 2015

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 - 2013

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 - 2017

Director and Principal Investigator

Direct the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) funded SYTACom Regroupement stratégique. This $4.7M Center provided infrastructure support to 51 professors and their research teams from 10 Quebec universities. Plant was responsible for scientific objectives, milestones, and deliverables. SYTACom was replaced in 2017 by STARaCom with new funding and a new six-year mandate.

McGill University

2001 - 2019

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.

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.

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.


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.