Dr. Fafard is currently a hardware specialist at Broadcom, a large public company that acquired Azastra in 2017. He is also an adjunct professor at the Université de Sherbrooke (Institut Interdisciplinaire d’Innovation Technologique – 3IT labs) and the University of Ottawa. Simon has been focused on the design, epitaxy, and characterization of optoelectronic devices. He received the 2017 CAP Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics. He has a Google Scholar h-index of 53, with about 250 publications and over 12,000 citations, and he is the inventor of more than 30 patents. He raised over $20M of private and venture capital funding and also obtained numerous research grants. He led Cyrium to become a manufacturer of one of the highest performance multijunction III-V solar cells and led Azastra to manufacture the highest performance phototransducer products. As an entrepreneur, he cumulates over 25 years of experience in optoelectronics and photonics while developing and commercializing numerous devices and products in the industry at Azastra, Aton, Cyrium, Alcatel Optronics, Kymata, and also in research labs as a professor at Université de Sherbrooke, a senior research officer at the National Research Council, an adjunct professor in physics at the University of Ottawa, and as postdoc at University of California Santa Barbara.