Macquarie researcher qualifies for global list of Innovators Under 35

8 December 2016

In recognition of outstanding research, Dr Simon Gross from the Department of Physics and Astronomy has been named one of 10 honourees of the regional MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 for Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.

As an honouree, Dr Gross automatically qualifies for the 2017 Global List of the world’s top Innovators Under 35 – of which Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla’s JB Straubel and Google’s Sergey Brin have all been included in previous years.

The prestigious accolade recognises those whose superb technical work promises to change the world, with a goal to identify the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve big problems.

Dr Gross’ research and expertise lies within the field of Integrated Optics, and his core innovation is at the heart of several applied areas of research.

“Our basic human desire to connect has seen exponential growth in Internet data demand,” he said.

“Optical communication networks are key enablers of this activity but are limited by the amount of data that can be carried across currently deployed optical fibres. We have developed chip-scale light shapers that will enable future communication networks to break through the intrinsic capacity limit.”

The 10 selected innovators will present a three-minute elevator pitch at EmTech Asia in February 2017 with their work spanning medicine, computing, communications, electronics, nanotechnology and more.

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