Stephen Hughes, Professor, P.Eng., FInstP, Fellow OSA
Topical Editor, Journal of the Optical Society of America B
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
64 Bader Lane, Stirling Hall
Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
email: shughes AT queensu DOT ca
tel: +1 613 533 6146
BIO (short biography)
Stephen Hughes is a Professional Engineer and a Full Professor in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He was born in Bellshill, Scotland, just outside of Glasgow. He did his undergraduate studies (1st Class Honours, 1992) and PhD work (PhD, 1995) at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He carried out postdoctoral work in Germany, Japan, and the USA, and was a Lecturer at Surrey University in the UK. In 2001, he joined Galian Photonics Inc., a Canadian start-up company from University of British Columbia and a developer of integrated optical components enabled by photonic crystal technology (co-founded by Jeff Young). In 2003, he co-founded Lumerical Solutions Inc. (with Adam Reid, Todd Kleckner, and James Pond), a world leading photonics software and consultancy company based in Vancouver, BC, who specializes in delivering design solutions and computational tools for applications in nano-optics and nanophotonics. Prior to taking up a faculty position at Queen’s in 2005, he was also a Research Specialist at the prestigious NTT Basic Research Labs in Atsugi, Japan.
His research group at Queen’s has been focusing on the theory and applications of light-matter interactions and quantum optics in photonic nanostructures, contributing to both basic science and emerging nano- and quantum- technologies. The group enjoys strong collaborations with leading experimental and theoretical groups in Canada, Germany, France, New Zealand, and Japan. Dr. Hughes has authored or co-authored more than 150 peer reviewed scientific articles in the premier physics and optics journals. Research honors include an Ontario Early Research Award, a CFI Leaders Opportunity Award, a Queen’s Chancellor’s Research Award, member of the CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) Nanoelectronics program, a Queen’s Prize for Excellence in Research (2014), an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Award (2015), CFI Innovation Fund (2017), and a Humboldt Research Award (2018). Dr. Hughes is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP) in the UK, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), and a Topical Editor for Journal of the Optical Society of America B.