Alexander Szameit, Universität Rostock, Germany
Alexander Szameit, born in 1979, studied Physics, Maths and Astronomy at Halle/Saale and Jena, Germany. In 2002, Alex visited the University of Hawaii as a guest astronomer and in 2007 he worked as guest scientist at the Australian National University, Australia. He received his Diploma and his PhD in 2004 and 2007, respectively, from the University of Jena. From 2009 to 2011, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Technion, Israel. From 2011 to 2016, he was assistant professor at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany. In December 2016, he was appointed Full Professor at the University of Rostock and holds the chair for Experimental Solid-State Optics. He has received several awards for his work, in particular the dissertation prize of the German Physical Society (2010), the Science Award of the German Society of Laser Technology (2012), the Adolph Lomb Medal of the Optical Society of America (2014), and the Rudolph Kaiser Award for experimental physics (2016).