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Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard

Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard

Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard holds a Ph.D. in Physics (Optical Engineering and Computer Vision) from Université Laval. She works as a professional researcher at the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Lens Design and a research associate in the Department of Physics, Physical Engineering and Optics at Université Laval. Previously, she was the scientific co-ordinator at the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Neurophotonics at the CERVO Brain Research Centre.

Dr. Poulin-Girard’s research deals with the study and design of advanced optical systems for a wide variety of applications. She collaborates regularly on research and development activities with industry and international projects for the design of astronomical instruments for detecting exoplanets, among other purposes. She is also a member of the engineering team for the Mont-Mégantic Observatory.

Dr. Poulin-Girard is recognized by her peers for her work on education in and promotion of science and engineering disciplines. She co-chairs two international conferences on this subject and has also written many scientific papers and developed instructional activities and teaching tools. Her most recent work has dealt with the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills through research training and on strategies for supervising post-secondary students in transdisciplinary settings. Since 2018, she has supervised 21 undergraduate students’ internships in practice environments.

Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard is a senior member of SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics) and Optica (formerly the Optical Society of America). She has also served as a member of various technical committees and scholarship and grant award committees and as a reviewer for scientific journals. From 2017 to 2019, she chaired the SPIE education committee and served on the SPIE strategic planning committee. Dr. Poulin-Girard is also active at the Centre for optics, photonics and laser, where she serves as a member of the committee on equity, diversity and inclusion and in other capacities.

In addition to her scientific activities, Dr. Poulin-Girard works with local organizations in the field of education. From 2012 to 2018, she was a member of the jury for Forces Avenir, a Quebec organization whose mission is to promote student engagement. She herself holds a diploma of college studies in music, and in 2015, established a scholarship program to encourage perseverance and excellence among young musicians in the Greater Quebec City Area.