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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 organization of events such as social events, company visits, lectures, workshops, outreach activities and recruitment events. 

About Us
The Team


Max Kiewiet

Max completed his Masters of Science in Applied Physics in 2021 at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Currently, he pursues a PhD at the Photonics Research Group of Ghent University. He received a FWO ‘Frank de Winne’ PhD fellowship for research with space applications. In his research, he attempts to create heterogeneously integrated GaAs lasers through transfer printing for near-visible metrology and data communications. Max joined the PSG in October 2022.

Emiel Dieussaert

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

Federico Pazzaglia
IT and media

Federico completed his Master's degree in Nanotechnology Engineering at "La Sapienza" University of Rome in 2022. Subsequently, in the same year, he started a PhD in Photonics at the Centre for MicroSystems Technologies (CMST), in Ghent. His ongoing research project focuses on the development of soft optical probes for deep brain stimulation. Federico became a member of the PSG group in September 2023.

Rohan Sharma

Rohan Sharma graduated from European Master of Science in Photonics in 2022 from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium. He is currently a PhD student at Liquid Crystals and Photonics Group at Ghent University. He received a FWO strategic basic research grant to research chiral liquid crystal based photonic devices. Rohan joined PSG in October 2022.

Athanasios Kyriazis
Vice President

Thanos is currently doing his PhD at the Center for MicroSystems Technology (CMST), Ghent University, in collaboration with Brussels Photonics (B-PHOT), Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research interests include Diffractive Optical Element microfabrication with two-photon polymerization and VCSEL integration in glass. Thanos joined the PSG in October 2022.

Korneel Molkens

Korneel received a Bachelor and Master degree in Engineering physics from Ghent University. He is now a PhD student working with nano-materials, mainly colloidal quantum dots. His research include both spectroscopy of these materials, and their integration in photonic devices. Korneel joined the PSG in October 2022.

Jorik Withouck

Jorik recieved his degree in Photonics Engineering at Ghent University in 2023. Now, as a PhD researcher for the Photonics Research Group he studies nonlinearities in thin-film Lithium Niobate for applications in Quantum Key Distribution systems. Jorik joined the PSG in October 2023.

Viktor Geudens
Former President

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.


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