Roel Baets.

Roel Baets is full professor at Ghent University (UGent). He is also associated with IMEC. Roel Baets received an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Ghent University in 1980 and a second MSc degree from Stanford University in 1981. He received a PhD degree from Ghent University in 1984. From 1984 till 1989 he held a postdoctoral position at IMEC (with detachment to Ghent University). Since 1989 he has been a professor in the Engineering Faculty of UGent where he founded the Photonics Research Group. Roel Baets has mainly worked in the field of integrated photonic components. He has made contributions to research on semiconductor laser diodes, guided wave and grating devices and to the design and fabrication of photonic ICs, both in III-V semiconductors and in silicon. As part of a team of 8 professors, he leads the Photonics Research Group at UGent, a group of about 90 researchers.

The silicon photonics activities of the group are part of a joint research initiative with IMEC. Roel Baets is also director of the multidisciplinary Center for Nano- and Biophotonics (NB Photonics) at UGent, founded in 2010.The activities of this team have led to high impact research achievements and to four spin-off companies. In recent years, his research has mainly focused on nonlinear optics, spectroscopic sensing, and biomedical devices based on silicon or silicon nitride photonic integrated circuit platforms. Roel Baets is a grant holder of the Methusalem programme of the Flemish government and of the European Research Council (ERC). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and is the 2020 recipient of the John Tyndall Award presented by OSA and IEEE Photonics Society for outstanding contribution to optical fibre technologies.