Jürgen Van Erps was born in Etterbeek, Belgium, in 1980. He graduated as an Electrotechnical Engineer with majors in Photonics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 2003 and obtained his PhD summa cum laude at the same university in 2008. Since February 2013, he is a part-time professor at VUB, teaching a course on Optical Communication Systems and an introductory course on Photonics. In 2009 and 2010, he was a visiting researcher at the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research there involved high-resolution optical sampling of ultrahigh bitrate signals using dispersion-engineered highly nonlinear chalcogenide waveguides, and automatic dispersion monitoring and compensation of 1.28Tbaud links. Currently, he is continuing his research at VUB on the modeling of micro-optical systems for optical interconnects and optofluidics applications, and their fabrication by means of Deep Proton Writing, ultraprecision diamond tooling and hot embossing. He is also involved in experimental work on nonlinear optics in integrated photonic devices.
With his PhD thesis, entitled “Interfacing micro-components for optical interconnections from the FTTH-level to the PCB-level” he won the Scientific Barco Prize 2008. With his master thesis, entitled “Micro-optical components for reconfigurable optical interconnects”, he won the Barco Prize for Master Thesis and became a laureate of the K-VIV Prize for Engineers. He was nominated for the best Student Presentation at the SPIE International Congress on Optics and Optoelectronics (ICOO '05) and he received the best Student Networking Award at the 2006 and at the 2007 General Scientific Networking Meeting of the Network of Excellence on Micro-Optics (NEMO). He was invited speaker at several international conferences. He authored or co-authored 59 SCI-stated papers and more than 110 papers in international conference proceedings. He is co-inventor of 3 patents. He serves as a reviewer for several international journals. He is a senior member of the SPIE and the IEEE Photonics Society, and member of the OSA. He was also co-founder and 2006-2007 President of the SPIE Brussels Student Chapter.
VUB - Campus Etterbeek
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