Dr. Luis A. Fernandes received a degree in Applied Physics in 2006, and a Ph.D. in Physics in 2012, from the Faculty of Science at the University of Porto, Portugal.
In 2008 he was awarded a Ph.D. fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, to pursue his thesis entitled “Birefringence and Bragg grating control in femtosecond laser written optical circuits.” His doctoral work was researched in collaboration with the Photonics Group at the University of Toronto, where he became a postdoctoral fellow in 2013. As a graduate student, he was awarded a SPIE Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering, and an SPIE award for best oral presentations in 2010.
At the end of 2013 he joined OZ Optics Ltd. as a senior optical scientist responsible for the development of compact devices inside optical fibers. He has authored and co-authored many scientific articles on optics and photonics, and has regularly presented his research findings in international conferences. As a student, he participated in the IEEEXtreme competition in 2009, 2010, and 2012. He served as a member of the board of the University of Toronto SPIE Student Chapter from 2010 to 2013, and is a member of the SPOF, SPF, and SPIE.