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Simon Thibault

Simon Thibault

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics
Université Laval

Chair title

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Lens Design

Chair program

Industrial Research Chairs program


Senior Chairholder since 2019


Over the past few decades, Université Laval has played a crucial role in the development of optics-photonics in Canada, and the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Lens Design is one example. Since being appointed in 2008, the Chair has contributed to the development of new skills in fast-growing fields. Driven by these achievements, the Chair has become a fundamental component of optics-photonics research at Université Laval. The Chair’s renewal is an opportunity to advance knowledge in the field while providing quality training in optical engineering. Thus, the Chair will continue to contribute to research and development for tomorrow’s optical systems.

The Chair’s program is ambitious and aims to provide answers to contemporary questions in design and optical engineering. The program focuses on two main themes: the development of innovative techniques and concepts for imaging in extreme environments; and the development of state-of-the-art non-imaging optical systems for LED lighting and wavefront control. To achieve its objectives, the team will have to devise new optical design techniques, innovative ways to approach imaging concepts, new optical test installations and novel assembly approaches.

The NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Lens Design plays a key role in the establishment of a world-class optical engineering complex at Université Laval. The Chair will train highly qualified personnel in several areas, such as class-based optical engineering, imaging and illumination system design. This type of training is offered at only a few universities in North America.

Industry partners, public and private laboratories and university research centres remain an important component to the Chair. In particular, the active participation of industry has created a productive and stimulating research and training environment that promotes innovation in optical engineering.


  • ABB
  • Creaform-AMETEK
  • Gentec Electro-Optics Inc.
  • ImmerVision
  • Lumca Inc.
  • Nv Camras Inc.
  • Photon Etc.

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Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics
Université Laval


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