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Dr. Gian-Luca BONA Chief Executive Officer, EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Dübendorf

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1983 Diploma in Physics with distinction, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH Zürich), Switzerland 1987 Ph.D. degree in Physics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland 1983-1987 Research Assistant, Group of Prof. Hans Christoph Siegmann, ETH Zürich, Switzerland 1987-1988 Post doctoral Fellow, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Rüschlikon, Switzerland 1988-1996 Research Staff Member, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Rüschlikon, Switzerland 1996-1998 Research Project Leader, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Rüschlikon, Switzerland 1998-2002 IBM Research Manager, Photonic Networks, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Rüschlikon, Switzerland 2002 Visiting Staff to IBM Watson, IBM Research VP Paul Horn, Yorktown Heights, New York State, USA 2003-2004 IBM Research Manager, Photonics, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Rüschlikon, Switzerland 2004-2008 IBM Research Functional Manager, Science and Technology, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California, USA 2008-2009 IBM Director, Tape Storage Solutions, IBM Server and Technology Group, Tucson, Arizona, USA Currently: CEO, EMPA Swiss Materials Science & Technology Laboratory Professor for Photonics, Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology ETH & EPFL His personal scientific interest focuses on photonic materials and its testing for novel applications such as for communication, interconnects and sensors.

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