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Sophie LaRochelle

Sophie LaRochelle

Dr. Sophie LaRochelle (Ph.D. Optics, the University of Arizona; M.Sc. Physics, Université Laval) is the Director of the Center for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL) at the Université Laval. She is also a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Université Laval, and the Holder of the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Advanced Photonics Technologies for Communications. Previously, she was a Defense Scientist at RDDC-Valcartier.

Dr. LaRochelle has more than 20 years of experience in fiber optics propagation and components, fiber optics communications, fiber Bragg gratings and their applications, and other related fields. She has had 150 of her papers published in peer-reviewed journals and more than 200 in highly selective conferences, such as the Optical Fiber Communications Conference.

Presently, she is a senior member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers); a member of OIQ (Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec); and a fellow member of the Optical Society of America. She was a member of the advisory committee to Quebec’s Minister of Développement économique, Innovation et Exportation, for the revision of the 2010-2013 Quebec investment policy in research and innovation. She was also on the Board of Directors for CMC Microsystems. Dr. LaRochelle has also been a member of various technical committees and award selection committees, and the recipient of numerous research grants and contracts. She has collaborations with many international and Canadian laboratories. In her career, she has directed or co-directed the work of 50 graduate students (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) and 20 post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. LaRochelle is a member of NSERC's Executive Committee and Committee on Research Partnerships.