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ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award 2015

April 2015 Number 103

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ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award 2015

The award this year was shared by Rim Cherif (Tunisia) and Rajan Jha (India).


Prof. Rim Cherif

The ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award 2015 has been awarded to Dr Rim Cherif from Carthage University, Tunisia, and Dr Rajan Jha from Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar (ITT-BBS), India.

Prof. Rim Cherif has conducted her research activities in the Green and smart communication laboratory (Gres’Com) at the Engineering School of Communications of Tunis (Sup’Com), University of Carthage, since 2005.

She has worked on the characterization of photonic crystal fibers, stimulated Brillouin scattering and supercontinuum generation. Together with her PhD advisor, Mourad Zghal, she created the first OSA student chapter in Tunisia in 2009. In 2012, she became a member of the executive board of the Optical Society of Tunisia. She has organized, or co-organize, more than 10 national and international events. In November last year, she organized the SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Outreach Activity, a SPIE education project aimed to visit three secondary schools in three marginalized north-east regions of Tunisia: Kef, Siliana and Beja, aimed to attract more students to study science. Last December she organized the Workshop “Shedding Light on the Contributions of Muslim Scholars to Science and Technology”. She was awarded for “her achievements in the field of nonlinear optics and in particular for her valuable contributions to the design of highly nonlinear fibers for supercontinnuum generation, as well as for her active commitment aimed at the diffusion of research in optics and photonics in Tunisia”.

     Dr. Rajan Jha

Dr Rajan Jha was awarded for “his breakthrough contributions in the modelling, design and development of high-performance optical sensors and waveguides as well as for promotion of research activities in optics and photonics in India”. He is Assistant Professor of Physics in the School of Basic Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, India, and works at the Nanophotonics and Plasmonics Laboratory (NPL), a lab committed to the design and development of optical devices that can meet industrial and societal needs.

Jha graduated from Delhi University in 1999, and received his MSc and PhD degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India, in 2001 and 2007 respectively. From early 2008 to July 2009, he was a postdoc researcher at ICFO – The Institute of Photonics Sciences, Barcelona, Spain. He was awarded the JSPS (Japanese Society for Promotion of Science) fellowship in 2009, and a DAAD fellowship in 2013. He is an Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore. He is a regular member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), and life member of the Optical Society of India (OSI). His areas of research are optical fiber sensors and Plasmonics. He has published more than 50 research articles in international journals including a review article. He has used numerical methods to study the performance of waveguides and sensors based on plasmonics in visible, near-IR, and terahertz, and has contributed to the understanding of the mechanism of electromagnetic field enhancement and the potential future of a 2D material like graphene in bike frames.

Dr Jha has collaborated in the fabrication of sensors based on different types of optical fibers to detect different organic compounds and biomolecules that can find wide applications in the food-processing industry and in envi- ronmental monitoring. In addition to chemical sensors, the ITT-BSS has developed different sensors for physical parameter determination such as nano-displacement sensor for precision alignment, position and structural health monitoring, and is currently working on the development of low-cost fiber-based biomedical devices such as a non-invasive sensor for glucose detection. Such studies would help in the development of lab-on-chip for next-generation sensors and photonic circuits.