Joyce Poon

Academic Appointments

2018: Director, Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics 

2021-2023: Managing Director

2017: Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto

2018: Honorary Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, TU-Berlin

2019: Affiliate Scientist, Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network

2013: Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto

    2014 (Aug-Dec): Visiting Associate, Caltech

    2014 (Jan-Mar): Visiting Associate Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

2012: Canada Research Chair in Integrated Photonic Devices

2007: Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto


2007: Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

2003: M.S., Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

2002: B.A.Sc., Engineering Science (Physics), University of Toronto

Selected Awards and Honors

2022: IEEE Fellow

2018: Fellow of Optica (formerly Optical Society, OSA)

2017: ECE Departmental Teaching Award

2017: OFC Top-scored paper (Active optical devices and photonic integrated circuits category)

2013: McCharles Prize for Early Career Research Distinction

2012: MIT TR35

2012: Canada Research Chair - Tier 2

2010, 2011: IBM Faculty Award

2009: Ontario MRI Early Researcher Award

2008: NSERC University Faculty Award

2007: Milton and Francis Clauser Doctoral Thesis Prize, Caltech (top thesis prize)

2005: OSA Dekker Graduate Student Award

2005: IEEE LEOS Graduate Student Fellowship

2004-2006: NSERC PGS-D Research Award

2002-2004: NSERC Julie Payette PGS-A Research Award

2002: Centennial Thesis Award, University of Toronto (top undergraduate thesis prize, Engineering Science)

Professional Activities

2019-present: Scientist, Creative Destruction Labs

2019-present: Member, ECIO organizing committee

2018-2020: Associate Editor, Optics Express

2019-2020: Member, IEEE Group IV Photonics

2019-2020: Subcommittee Chair (Photonic Devices), CLEO-Pacific Rim

2018-2019:Organizer, OFC Special Symposium on Photonic Devices and Materials for Future Networks

2015-2018: Member, OFC Technical Program Committee

2017-2021: Member, IEEE EDS Optoelectronic Devices Technical Committee

2016-2018: Subcommittee Chair (Photonic Devices), IEEE Group IV Photonics

2014-2018: Member, IEEE Photonics Conference Technical Program Committee

2013-2018: Member, OSA Publications Council

2014-2018: Member, IEEE Optical Interconnects Conference Technical Program Committee

2017: Member, IEEE International Conference on Electron Devices and Solid-State Circuits

2015-present: Member, IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award Committee

2017-2018: IEEE Frederik Philips Award Committee

2015-2016: Member, IEEE Group IV Photonics Technical Program Committee

2014-2015: Feature issue development editor, Journal of the Optical Society of America B

2014-2016: Member, OECC Technical Program Committee

2014-2015: Subcommittee Chair, FiO Technical Committee (Integrated Photonics)

2012-2014: Member, FiO Technical Committee (Integrated Photonics)

2010-2012: Member, IPR Technical Committee (Photonic Devices and Integration)

2010-2013: Assistant Topical Editor, Journal of the Optical Society of America B

2012-2013: Subcommittee Chair, CLEO (S&I 09: Components, Integration, Interconnects and Signal Processing)

2009-2011: Member, CLEO Technical Committee (S&I 09)

2010-11: Local organizing committee, Advanced Photonics Congress