The Photonics Society of Ghent (PSG), formerly known as the Ghent Optics Society, was formed in September 2016, when the SID-ME student branch and the SPIE student chapter of Ghent University joined hands.  In 2017, the OSA student chapter was founded and added to the organization. By combining the different student chapters, PSG is able to provide their members with the benefits of all three professional organizations. Rather than competing for members, these chapters now cooperate to organize more and bigger events.

The aim of the PSG is to connect master and PhD students with each other, educators and industry. PSG does this through the organisation of events such as social events, company visits, lectures, workshops, outreach activities and recruitment events. 


Miglé Stebryté

Miglé obtained European Master of Science in Photonics degree in 2018 at Ghent University. Currently she is a PhD student in the Liquid Crystals and Photonics Group. Her research is focused on novel liquid crystal configurations by photo-alignment engineering for flat optics components and waveguides. Miglé joined the PSG in September 2018.

Irfan Ansari
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Irfan received his BSc (Research) and MSc in Physics from the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore in 2017.  He carried out his master's thesis (2015-16) on graphene plasmonics in Quantum Nano-Optoelectronics group led by Prof. Frank Koppens at ICFO Barcelona. He joined Photonics Research Group in December, 2017 as a PhD student to work on Hybrid-Optomechanics with Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT). Irfan joined the PSG in September 2018.

Eslam Fahmy

Eslam received his bachelor's degree in Nanotechnology and Nanoelectronics Engineering from Zewail City of Science and Technology (Egypt) in 2018. In 2020, he received his master's degree in Photonics from both Ghent University and VUB. His research include III-V microlasers epitaxially grown on silicon. Eslam joined the PSG in September 2021.

Sarah Masaad

Sarah is a Ph.D. researcher at the Photonics Research Group of Ghent University since 2020. Her research interests include photonic reservoir computing. Sarah joined the PSG in October 2021.

Stijn Cuyvers

Stijn received the BSc and MSc degree in electrical engineering from Ghent University, Belgium in 2016 and 2018 respectively.  Supported by a B.A.E.F. fellowship, he obtained an additional MSc degree from Columbia University, New York, in May 2019. Since September 2019, he has been working as a Ph.D. researcher at the Photonics Research Group. His current research interests include electrically pumped comb sources on chip. Stijn joined the PSG in September 2021.

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Gilles Freddy Feutmba
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Gilles Feutmba is a FWO fellow and PhD candidate enrolled at Ghent University. His research focuses on hybrid PZT-Si based modulators and their applications in integrated photonics systems. Gilles has been a member of the UGent SPIE student chapter since 2015 during his Masters studies and co-founded the Ghent Optics Society (a joint SID, SPIE student chapter) in 2016 where he served as Vice-president. He is currently one of the PR officers of the PSG and he loves playing guitar and football.

Viktor Geudens
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Viktor Geudens received his European Master of Science degree in Photonics in 2019 at Ghent University, Belgium. He is currently working as a PhD student at the Center for MicroSystems Technology (CMST), Ghent University. His research focusses on photonic structures in glass by femtosecond laser inscription. Viktor joined the PSG in September 2021.

Khannan Rajendran

Khannan is an Opto-Mechanical Technology (OMT) Early Stage Researcher in the Photonics Research Group, Ghent University. His research concerns Integrated optomechanics using 2D materials on Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) technology. He obtained the European master of science in photonics degree in 2017.

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Brecht Berteloot

Brecht got his master degree in photonics engineering in 2017. He joined the Liquid Crystals and Photonics group in September 2017 where he works on a project in collaboration with Esterline (in Kortrijk) where they make advanced displays. 

Emiel Dieussaert 

Emiel is currently a Ph.D. student at the Photonics Research Group of Ghent University. His research is focused on
miniaturized laser doppler vibrometers on silicon-on-insulator platforms. Emiel joined the PSG in October 2021.