Industry Day

IPC 2021 Industry Day Program
Monday 18 October 2021

Panel on Entrepreneurship in Photonics
Session 1, 8:00 am – 9:00 am EDT

Jose Pozo, European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC)
Noordwijk-Binnen, The Netherlands


Bárbara Buades
Barcelona, Spain


PhD in Photonics (Attoscience: Ultrafast & non-linear optics) at ICFO in Barcelona (Spain)
MSc in Optics & Photonics at Imperial College, London (UK)
B.Sc + MSc in Physics at University of Barcelona (Spain)
CEO and Co-founded MEETOPTICS – to make photonics accessible and easy to understand for everyone.

Cibby Pulikkaseril
Sydney, Australia


Cibby Pulikkaseril is the Co-founder and CTO of Baraja. His background in developing optical sensing technology stems from his R&D role at Finisar Australia where he led technical teams to investigate new technologies, leading to the commercialization of instrumentation used by industrial and academic research laboratories. Cibby brings more than 20 years of experience in optics and photonics, from developing electrooptic and waveguide devices to modelling noise behaviour of microwave photonic systems.

Peter Winzer
Nubis Communications
Newark, NJ, USA


Peter Winzer studied electrical engineering at TU Vienna, Austria. At Bell Labs he contributed to high-speed fiber-optic communications R&D for almost 20 years. In 2020 he founded the VC-backed start-up Nubis Communications. He has widely published and patented, received several awards and fellowships, and is actively involved with the IEEE.

Photonic Technologies and a Pandemic
Session 2, 9:30 am – 10:10 am EDT

Xi (Vivian) Chen, Nokia Bell Labs
New Providence, NJ, USA


9:30 am – 9:50 am EDT
Silicon-Nitride Photonic ICs in Pandemic Times

Douwe Geuzebroek
LioniX International
Enschede, The Netherlands

9.50 am – 10.10 am EDT
Lighting – At a Crossroads Beyond the Flip of a Switch

Erik Swenson
Wixom, MI, USA


Erik Swenson is a seasoned professional with 14 years in the Solid State Lighting industry. As General Manager for Nichia America Corporation, Erik has helped lead the adoption of Nichia LEDs throughout various markets including General Illumination, UV, Video Display and more. Erik has been an active voice of Nichia within the SSL market, having spoken at several industry and manufacturer’s conferences and trade shows. After receiving a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, Erik practiced various engineering facets within the Automotive Industry for 6 years prior to joining Nichia in a commercial role.

Roundtable on Photonic Foundries
Session 3, 10:30 am – 11:45 am EDT

Daniel Renner
, Freedom Photonics
Santa Barbara, CA, USA


Luc Augustin
Smart Photonics
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

David Harame
SUNY Polytechnic Institute/AIM Photonics
Albany, NY, USA


David Harame received the PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. David joined IBM where he worked on SiGe BiCMOS technology. He is widely credited with taking SiGe BiCMOS from research and development into a production technology. In 2005 he was awarded the IEEE Daniel E Noble Award “For the development of manufacturable Silicon Germanium, HBT Bipolar and BiCMOS technologies. In 2009 he was awarded the IEEE BCTM award. AT IBM David held many positions in process development and electronic photonic design automation. David was the CTO for the 200mm Specialty Foundry in Burlington Vermont and an IBM Fellow. In 2014 David joined GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) as the CTO for RF technologies and a GF Fellow. At GF david worked on RF CMOS, SOI switches, and RF 22nm FDSOI technology. In 2018 David joined SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY) in Albany New York. David is the Director of EPDA, Test & Packaging, and Process Development for SUNY and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for AIM Photonics. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Michael Zervas
Lausanne, Switzerland

Gordon Harling
CMC Microsystems
Kingston, ON, Canada

Gloria Hoefler
Santa Clara, CA, USA

Hot Topics in Industry
Session 4: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Aref Chowdhury
, Nokia
Murray Hill, NJ, USA


12:00 pm – 12:20 pm EDT
Artificial Intelligence with Advanced Photonics Boost High-resolution 3D Vision up to a Kilometer Away

Hod Finkelstein
Aeye, Inc
Dublin, CA, USA

12:20 pm – 12:40 pm EDT
5G in Industrial Manufacturing

Tracey Vanik
San Francisco, CA, USA

12:40 pm – 1:00 pm EDT
IP/Optical integration with 400ZR/+

Tiberiu Grigoriu
Nokia Network Infrastructure Strategy and Technology
Ottawa, Canada


Tiberiu Grigoriu, Senior Director Strategy and Technology IP and Optical Networks, is responsible for driving Nokia transport strategy for critical networks. Tibi has played a leading role in defining the company’s mobile core virtualization activity and the evolution of mobile transport architecture. He has over 20 years professional experience bringing together strategic thinking and operational hands-on product delivery. Tibi was awarded Nokia Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff and holds a Master of Applied Science from Concordia University, an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ottawa University.

Panel on The Photonics Labor Market and Career Development
Session 5, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm EDT

Patryk Urban
, WaveJobs
Warsaw, Poland

Matthew Posner, Excelitas Technologies
Montreal, QC, Canada


Emine Ҫağın
Heidelberg Instruments Nano
Zürich, Switzerland


Emine Ҫağın worked as an Electrical Engineer (BSc) in industry for Shipley and Analog Devices starting her research career in nano and microfabrication. She holds a PhD in Solid State Electronics from the University of Michigan. She was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at ETH Zurich, and then a Senior Staff Scientist at NTB Buchs, focusing on micro and nanotechnology development projects for companies. In 2018, she joined Heidelberg Instruments Nano as a Principal Applications Engineer, where she is currently the Head of Technology. In this role, she leads product development and further optimizations of the NanoFrazor technology.

Ilse de Graaf
Smart Photonics
Eindhoven, The Netherlands


After graduating in Art and Design in 2003 I realized I was not an artist nor a designer. so, I subscribed at a recruitment agency, and they asked me for temporary support. This temporary job became my destiny and until today I’m involved in recruitment. During the years I moved from commercial, KPI driven recruitment via agencies to qualitative corporate high-tech recruitment. From multinational chip machine manufactory ASML, were I managed a team of 15 recruiters and 5 assistants, to a scale-up in Photonics. Since August 2020, I proudly represent SMART Photonics as senior recruitment specialist.

Odile Liboiron-Ladouceur
McGill University
Montreal, QC, Canada


Odile Liboiron-Ladouceur received the B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in 1999, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University, New York, USA, in 2003 and 2007, respectively. From 1999 to 2000, she worked at Teradyne Inc. in Boston in the mass storage business unit. She then joined Texas Instruments Inc. in 2000 in Dallas, and spent two years working in the fiber optic business unit as a test and design engineer. She joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University in 2008 after a year as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow (2007–2008). She is currently an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Photonics Interconnect. She holds seven granted U.S. patents and co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed journal papers and more than 120 papers in conference proceedings. She published four book chapters and gave over 20 presentations as an invited speaker at international conferences. She is the 2018 recipient of McGill Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Emerging Researcher.

Adam Piotrowski
Vigo System
Ożarów Mazowiecki, Poland

The Canadian Photonics Industry Landscape
Session 6, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT

Dalma Novak
, Octane Wireless
Hanover, MD, USA

Erin Young, Apple
Cupertino, CA, USA


3:00 pm – 3:20 pm EDT
Canadian Photonics & Ciena – Capacity for the World

Stephen Alexander
Hanover, MD, USA


Steve Alexander is currently Ciena’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He has held a number of positions since joining the Company in 1994, including General Manager of Ciena’s Transport & Switching and Data Networking business units, Vice President of Transport Products and Director of Lightwave Systems. From 1982 until joining Ciena, he was employed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he last held the position of Assistant Leader of the Optical Communications Technology Group. He is an IEEE Fellow and is a recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award. Mr. Alexander received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

3:20 pm – 3:40 pm EDT
The Business of Quebec Photonics

Madison Rilling
Optonique, Québec
QC, Canada


Dr. Madison Rilling is Director of Talent & Outreach at Optonique, Québec’s cluster for excellence in optics & photonics. In her role, she works with industrial, academic, and governmental actors to address talent and workforce challenges as well as to identify business development and R&D opportunities for Québec-based photonics companies. She holds a Master’s in Medical Physics and a PhD in Physics from Université Laval (Québec, QC).

3:40 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
Silicon Nitride Photonics in Canada

Philippe Babin
Montreal, QC, Canada


Philippe Babin , CEO of AEPONYX, has over 25 years of experience in product and market development in the telecommunication field. He co-founded AEPONYX Inc and leads the company. With his team, he develops and brings to market photonic integrated circuits and products for a broad range of applications. Philippe holds both an Electric Engineering degree and an MBA from the University of Sherbrooke.

4:00 pm – 4:20 pm EDT
A Canadian Perspective on Photonic Design in a Global Photonic Ecosystem

James Pond
Ansys Lumerical
Vancouver, BC, Canada


Dr. James Pond was a co-founder and CTO of Lumerical and was a driving force behind the company’s core software algorithms, technology, and advanced photonic modeling capabilities. He has two decades of experience in optical and photonic simulation, and is the author of numerous papers, patents, and conference presentations. Currently he is Principal Product Manager at Ansys where he continues to work on the core photonic technology, in addition to integrating Lumerical products into the Ansys portfolio

4:20 pm – 4:40 pm EDT
Photonic Innovations at TeraXion

Ghislain Lafrance
Quebec City, QC, Canada

4:40 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
Lumentum’s Global Photonic Leadership!

Doug Alteen

SVP & General Manager, Telecom Transport, Lumentum
Ottawa, ON, Canada