2022 Medal Winners | francais

The 2022 Boris P. Stoicheff Memorial Graduate Scholarship

is awarded to

Kate Fenwick

"It is a great honor to receive this scholarship in Boris P. Stoicheff's memory. I am now studying in one of the previous Herzberg labs at the National Research Council of Canada – part of the same group of labs in which Dr. Stoicheff researched while with the Herzberg group. His work on nonlinear optics built much of the foundation for my research today." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2022 Boris P. Stoicheff Memorial Graduate Scholarship is awarded to Kate Fenwick, University of Ottawa / NRC, in recognition of high academic standing, success in research publications, and leadership and commitment to STEM gender diversity. announcement

Kate is a PhD student at the University of Ottawa and National Research Council of Canada. Her research is focused on developing an approach for ultrafast all-optical switching, and exploiting it for different applications. Switches are an integral component of modern-day networks that allow for the manipulation of information. The ability to quickly switch, gate, or re-route optical signals is crucial for communication, imaging, microscopy, spectroscopy, and quantum information. Many electro-optic approaches currently exist to switch optical signals; however, their speeds and loss are no longer sufficient for many applications.

Kate has used her switch to carve pulses out from a continuous wave diode laser, effectively turning it into a pulsed laser source. This application holds potential for ultrafast spectroscopic techniques. She has demonstrated the switch can be used for gated measurement of frequency-to-time mapped signals, where the switch provides a means of high-resolution spectral sampling which is useful in optical communication. Most recently, she is using the switch for quantum simulation and computing applications.

Not only is Kate dedicated to her research, she is also committed to serving her community. Alongside Dr. Chitra Rangan, she co-chairs the CAP’s International Day of Light outreach efforts, where she leads a team of student volunteers across Canada to engage the public in the importance of light in our everyday lives. Kate also co-founded the Canadian Photonics Online Meetup (canPOM) and has co-chaired this free online conference since its inauguration in 2020. Through canPOM, she aims to improve accessibility and sustainability of optics conferences and build a stronger Canadian photonics community. She is also the current president of the University of Ottawa Joint Optica-SPIE Student Chapter, which she leads in its regular journal club, scientific lecturers, outreach efforts, and professional development workshops. nominator citation

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