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Pierre Berini received his Ph.D. and M.Sc.A. degrees in Electrical Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal, and his B.E.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, respectively, from the University of Western Ontario. .

Dr. Berini is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ottawa and is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Spectalis Corp., a venture capital backed company commercializing surface plasmon devices, and the current Director of the Centre for Research in Photonics at the University of Ottawa (CRPuO).

He is a Canada Foundation for Innovation researcher and has received an URSI Young Scientist Award (1999), a Premier of Ontario Research Excellence Award (2000), the University of Ottawa Young Researcher of the Year Award (2001), and an NSERC E. W. R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship (2008), the George S. Glinski Award for Excellence in Research of the Faculty of Engineering (2009), an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (2011), was named as a Fellow of the IEEE, “for contributions to Surface Plasmon Photonics” (2011), was elected to the Canadian Academy of Engineering, “for pioneering contributions to photonics, particularly to the area of surface plasmons and their application to integrated optical circuits, telecommunication devices and (bio)chemical sensors” (2012), recognized as a High-Impact Research Icon, University of Malaya, Malaysia (2015), and earned the title of Distinguished University Professor (2018).

Dr. Berini is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the OSA. He is an Associate (Topical) Editor of Optics Express. He is the author or co-author of 22 patents (issued and pending), and of numerous publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings.

His broad research interests include optics and photonics, electromagnetics, numerical methods, and the microfabrication of integrated optical structures. His research is currently focused on the area of plasmonics and related device applications including biosensors.

Dr. Berini consults for industry, venture capital and grant councils.