- Ottawa, Ontario
Dr. Pavel Cheben was honoured with a fellowship to the Optical Society of America (OSA), the leading professional association in optics and photonics, and home to accomplished science, engineering and business leaders from all over the globe. Dr. Cheben, Principal Research Officer at the NRC, is the only Canadian and one of a handful in the world to be both a Fellow of the OSA and a Fellow of the European Optical Society. He is best known for his foundational work in metamaterial integrated photonics, which allows the flow of light to be controlled and manipulated at a subwavelength scale in optoelectronic chips. Dr. Cheben was also one of the leading investigators for a Genomics Health Initiative project that resulted in a biological sensor which incorporates the NRC's patented photonic grating coupler technology. Since 2011, Dr. Cheben has been the most published scientist at the NRC.