Ronald Dekker

Ronald has been active in the field of material engineering, micro-fabrication, integrated optics and packaging and assembly for more than 20 years. After receiving his B.Sc. degree in the field of Applied Physics he worked several years at the MESA+ Research Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands as a process engineer on the development of novel clean room processing steps for the IC-industry to improve the quality of flat panel displays. Hereafter, he was employed at JDS Uniphase, both in the Netherlands and Canada where he worked on the development of MEMS based Variable Optical Attenuators (VOAs) a new fabrication platform for low cost Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexers (DWDM) systems. Later, as a Quality Engineer, he was also responsible for all reliability and quality issues related to the DWDM systems at JDS Uniphase. After receiving his PhD degree in the field of integrated optics at the University of Twente, he became senior researcher at the research chair Integrated Optical Micro Systems (University of Twente) working on femtosecond waveguide writing in rare-earth doped optical materials. After that, he joined LioniX BV where he led multidisciplinary projects in the field of integrated optics and microfluidics for both telecommunication and biomedical applications. He was strongly involved in founding XiO Photonics, which is a provider of integrated optical solutions for applications where either visible and/or infrared wavelengths are required. Since 2010 he was CTO of XiO Photonics and closely involved in the design, fabrication, testing, hybrid integration, assembly and packaging of photonic integrated circuits (PICs). Since 2017 he is Technical Liaison Officer at LioniX International BV where he is leading the packaging and assembly group, besides his responsibility for scaling up chip production and module assembly in Asia.