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Laser Focus: Insight from a Nobel Laureate
This special event for UBC students will provide an opportunity to connect with Dr. Donna Strickland during an interactive question and answer session.
Dr. Donna Strickland is one of the recipients of the Nobel
Prize in Physics 2018 for co-inventing chirped pulse amplification with Dr.
Gérard Mourou, her PhD supervisor at the time of the discovery. She is
currently a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the
University of Waterloo.
Dr. Strickland earned her PhD in optics from the
University of Rochester and her B. Eng. from McMaster University. She was a
research associate at the National Research Council Canada, a physicist at
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a member of technical staff at
In 1997, Dr. Strickland joined the University of Waterloo,
where her ultrafast laser group develops high-intensity laser systems for
nonlinear optics investigations. She is a recipient of a Sloan Research
Fellowship, a Premier’s Research Excellence Award and a Cottrell Scholar Award.
She served as the president of the Optical Society (OSA) in 2013 and is an OSA
Fellow and an SPIE Fellow. Strickland is also an honorary fellow of the
Canadian Academy of Engineering and holds numerous honorary doctorates.