Founders

  • William Chen

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    William Chen holds a Ph.D degree in Electronic Engineering from Ghent University of Belgium. His prior research was in the field of GPON transceiver IC design and embedded OTDR for optical access networks. Since 2008 he has been working as principal electronic engineer to develop the optical transceiver by utilizing Silicon Photonics technology.

  • Dirk Taillaert

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    Dirk Taillaert holds an M.Sc. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D.  in integrated optics from Ghent University. During his doctoral research, he studied the coupling of light between optical fibers and SOI nanophotonic waveguides and developed efficient grating couplers. He has 10 years of experience with design and characterisation of various photonic components. Dirk is co-author of 30 publications in international journals and 4 patent applications. 

  • Joost Brouckaert

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    Joost Brouckaert received a M.Sc. degree in electronic engineering and a Ph.D. in photonics from Ghent University, in 2004 and 2010, respectively. In 2004, he joined the Photonics Research Group at Ghent University where he mainly worked on III-V/Si heterogeneous integration and modeling, design and fabrication of silicon nanophotonic components.

  • Jonathan Schrauwen

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    Jonathan Schrauwen received a MSc. degree in applied physics in 2004 and a PhD in integrated optics in 2009 from Ghent University. He has specialized in advanced fabrication technologies for integrated photonic structures, has co-authored 12 international journal publication and holds 3 patents in this field.

  • Karsten Verhaegen, COO

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    Before joining Caliopa Karsten Verhaegen was general manager of the Telephony Products business unit at Thomson, based in Paris. He joined Thomson in 2001 as part of DSL modem business acquisition from Alcatel. At Thomson he was also responsible for the residential DSL modems group and the IP set-top boxes business unit. In 1998 he joined Alcatel and held business development functions both in the Internet Access and DSL modem divisions. From 1996 to 1998 he was based in New York setting up US operations for Kreutler, a German telecommunications company.
    Karsten Verhaegen holds a Master of engineering in Micro-Electronics from Leuven Engineering College and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

  • Martin De Prycker, CEO

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    Martin De Prycker was CEO of Barco n.v. (Euronext Brussel: BAR) between 2002 and 2009. Prior to that he had several positions at Alcatel. From 1982 to 1996 he held a number of technology management positions at Alcatel and from 1996 to 2000 Martin De Prycker was president of the Internet Access Division. Under his leadership Alcatel became world leader in the broadband access market, especially in the DSL market space. In 2000 he became CTO of Alcatel and member of the Executive Committee. He is also a member of the board of directors of several companies and is advicing companies with respect to their Innovation Strategy and execution.
    Martin holds a Ph.D. in computer sciences and an M.Sc. in Electronics and computer sciences from UGent as well as an MBA from the University of Antwerp. From 1988 to 1992 he lectured part-time at Boston University and from 1994 to 1999 at the University of Ghent. In 1991 he was the first to write a book on ATM "Asynchronous Transfer Mode”, which was translated in 4 languages. 

  • Tom Collins, CTO

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    After graduating from Trinity College Cambridge in 1979 in Natural Sciences Tom Collins worked in the semiconductor industry for 17 years and held a number of positions in process development and Operations including Wafer Fabrication Manager at ITT and Alcatel-Mietec. In 1996 he moved into Optoelectronics joining IOC, a Lithium Niobate start-up as Director of Operations. He was part of the management team who succeeded in rapidly growing the business leading to its sale to SDL in 1999. In 2002 he joined T-Networks as VP of Operations. More recently, prior to joining Caliopa, he was responsible for Operations and Development at Fibercore, Cisco’s speciality optical fiber subsidiary.