Achievements by an ALC co-founding member

The African Laser Centre’s (ALC) co-founding member and Board of Director’s Dr Mourad Zghal, was recently appointed as the President of the Optical Society of Tunisia. Commenting on his appointment, Mourad said, “I want my three-year term in office to strengthen collaboration between national societies involved in optics and photonics and African networks and platforms such as ALC, LAM, etc.”

Mourad received his PhD in electrical engineering from the National Engineering School of Tunis (ENIT-Tunis El-Manar University) in Tunisia in 2000. He is an associate professor at the Engineering School of Communication of Tunis (Sup’Com)-University of Carthage. He founded and became in charge of the new photonic devices for optical network group in Sup’Com. He has published more than 100 papers in areas that include integrated nonlinear optical devices, design and characterisation of photonic crystal fibres, and nonlinear propagation of ultrashort laser pulses.

He has also served at numerous programmes and steering committees of international scientific conferences. In addition to his research activities, Mourad has been extremely active in promoting photonics in his country, Tunisia, and on the Africa continent in general.

He has been awarded the 2008 ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo prize for his original work in the development of numerical modelling techniques for photonic crystal fibres, and for his active commitment aimed at the diffusion of research in optics in Africa. Mourad is a senior member of Optical Society of America and SPIE.