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Full professor and Director of the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics at Université Laval, Simon Thibault obtained his bachelor's degree in engineering physics in 1994 and a master's degree in physics in 1995 from
Université Laval (Quebec). He obtained his PhD in 1998.
Fellow of Optica (formerly OSA) (2021) and Fellow of SPIE (2018), he is involved in several Optica and SPIE conferences.
As such, he will chair the next edition of the International Optical Design Conference (IODC), which will take place in Quebec City in June 2023.
For a few years, he is an associate editor for the journals Optical Engineering and Optics Express.
Since 2008, Simon Thibault is the chairholder of the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Optical Design.
With a budget of more than $500K per year, the Chair's activities focus on the development of advanced optical systems and optical design techniques, and fabrication and characterization methods.
The Chair is integrated into the Optical Engineering Research Laboratory (LRIO) which he has also directed since 2008. He currently acts as scientific manager for the manufacture of optical components (diamond turning and polishing of free form optics).
Prof. Thibault is the author and co-author of more than 30 patents and more than 300 communication techniques in conferences and journals in optics.