A professor at the Université de Sherbrooke and an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, Simon Fafard’s research focuses on advanced optoelectronics at the Laboratoire Nanotechnologies Nanosystèmes (CNRS, France) and the Institut Interdisciplinaire d’Innovation Technologique (Université de Sherbrooke). He was President of Azastra Opto until its acquisition by Broadcom in 2017, and the Director of Scientific Partnerships for the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Center, linking applied research and the rapid commercialization of microelectronic products.  An expert in nanostructures, heterostructures, III-V semiconductor epitaxy, and optoelectronic devices, Dr. Fafard has led numerous key scientific contributions and technological innovations in the fields of material and renewable energy, with publications in prestigious scientific journals such as Science and Nature. Dr. Fafard is the inventor of over 30 patents and the founder of various companies involved with solar energy and optoelectronic devices. He has raised over $20M of private and venture capital funding in addition to numerous research grants. Dr. Fafard is a recognized pioneer in nanostructures with a vast experience at the forefront of innovation, device development, and commercialization for various photonic and optoelectronic applications. This helped Cyrium Technologies become a lead developer and manufacturer of one of the highest performance multijunction III-V solar cells and, more recently, has led Azastra to manufacture the highest performance III-V phototransducer products. This recent breakthrough, featuring the highest optical to electrical conversion efficiency ever for any type of devices, is now being presented at several invited international presentations. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Fafard cumulates over 25 years of experience in optoelectronics and photonics, developing and commercializing numerous semiconductor devices and products in the industry at Azastra (now Broadcom), Aton, Cyrium, Alcatel Optronics, Kymata, and also in research labs at Université de Sherbrooke, the National Research Council Canada and the University of California, Santa Barbara.