Organizing Committee

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Ahmet Altuncu

Professor

Kütahya Dumlupınar University - Turkey

Prof. Ahmet Altuncu has completed his Ph.D. degree from University of Essex in UK in 1998. He is a full professor at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in Kütahya Dumlupınar University in Turkey since 1998. He is also the Director of Photonics Technologies Application and Research Center. His research interests are novel erbium doped fiber amplifier designs for broadband optical communication systems, wideband wavelength tunable fiber ring lasers and fiber optical sensor systems. He has published more than 50 international journal and conference papers on fiber optical based communication and sensor system applications.

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Thomas F. George

Chancellor / Professor Emeritus

University of Missouri - St. Louis

Thomas F. George (chancellor/professor emeritus) served as chancellor and professor of chemistry and physics at the University of Missouri–St. Louis from 2003 until his retirement in 2019. Prior to that, he was chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, provost at Washington State University, dean of science at SUNY-Buffalo, and promoted by age 29 to full professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester. He received his B.A. degree (Phi Beta Kappa) with a double major in chemistry and mathematics from Gettysburg College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at age 23 from Yale University, with postdoctoral appointments at MIT and UC-Berkeley. Tom’s research specialty is chemical/materials/laser/nanophysics, including nanomedicine. He continues to be an active researcher with 800 papers, 8 authored and 18 edited books. His awards include the Marlow Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Medal of Honor from Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait, and Diploma of Honour from Seinájoki University of Applied Sciences in Finland. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Szeged in Hungary and Phranakhon Rajabhat University in Thailand, and he has been elected as a foreign member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. As a hobby, he plays jazz keyboard and has performed throughout the St. Louis region and overseas in Bosnia, Croatia, China, Hungary, Kuwait, Oman, Romania and Russian Siberia. Tom has been married since 1970 to Dr. Barbara Harbach, Curators’ Distinguished Professor Emerita of Music, former chair of the Department of Music, director of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and director of Women in the Arts at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. They are the proud owners (actually, servants) of four cats – two tortoise females (Luna and Stella) and two younger, mischievous males (Jeremiah and Jarrett).

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Henryk Kasprzak

Professor

Wroclaw University of Technology - Poland

Prof. Henryk Kasprzak graduated his master study at the Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland in 1972. Just after study he was employed in the Department of Optics of the Institute of Physics in the same University. His PhD dissertation entitled Optical implementation of differentiation operation of the real order was defended in the year 1980. In 1993 he defended his habilitation entitled Application of interferometric techniques in selected problems of biomechanics on the same University, and in the same year he became Head of the Visual Optics research group. In 2003 Dr Henryk Kasprzak became full professor of the Wroclaw University of Technology. During his work he worked a few times on different Universities. One-month scientific stays at Universities in Dresden, Bremen, Novosibirsk and Alicante, one year scientific stay at the QUT in Brisbane and three years’ work in the University of Münster. He is the author of over 200 scientific publications and 7 patents. He organized a few International Conferences and participated in many international recognized scientific conferences. Prof. Henryk Kasprzak supervised 11 already defended PhD students. His scientific interest in the last years concentrated on optical and biomechanical properties of the eye as well as on measurements and description of dynamic properties of the eye.