Leslie Rusch Biography

Leslie A. Rusch received the B.S.E.E. degree (with honors) from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1980 and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, in 1992 and 1994, respectively. She currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Communications Systems Enabling the Cloud in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Université Laval (UL), QC, Canada. She is Fellow of the IEEE and OSA and a member of the Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers at UL. Dr. Rusch has experience in defense, industrial and academic communications research.

Prof. Rusch is the recipient of the IEEE Canada Fessenden award for Contributions to Telecommunications. She is an elected member of the Board of Governors of IEEE Photonics Society. She has served on multiple technical program committees for major international conferences, and as an associate editor of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications Networks and the IEEE Communications Letters. Prof. Rusch has published over 300 articles and been cited over 5750 times per Google Scholar.

Prof. Rusch has won numerous awards for training graduate students, including the IEEE Canada Ham Award for Graduate Supervision. Her research interests include digital signal processing for coherent detection in optical communications using silicon photonic devices, spatial multiplexing using orbital angular momentum modes in fiber, radio over fiber and OFDM for passive optical networks.