Review 2012: International and national guest lectures

1. Prof. Maria Yzuel is a full professor at the Department of Physics, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain, since 1983. She earned her Physics and also her Ph. D. degree from the University of Zaragoza, Spain and is a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona. She had a British Council scholarship for a post doctoral stay at the University of Reading, UK. Prof. Yzuel has worked in diffraction image theory, image  quality evaluation, apodization, applications to photolithography, optical pattern recognition, color information in correlators and design of filters. She also worked in medical optics and is  recently  working in liquid crystal panels in diffractive optics. She served in SPIE board of directors from 2001 to 2003 and in several SPIE  (International Society for Optics and Photonics) committees. She received the SPIE board of directors Award in 2005. Dr. Yzuel was the SPIE president in 2009.
2. Prof. Zohra Ben Lakhdar, emeritus professor of Physics at the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (FST), the University of  Tunis El Manar, Tunisia. She received the 2005 L'Oreal UNESCO Award Laureate for Africa for her experiments and models on infrared spectroscopy and its applications to pollution detection and medicine. Educated at the Universities of Tunis and Orsay (France), she is the author of dozens of scientific papers on atomic and molecular spectroscopy and a founding member of the Tunisian Physics and Astronomy Societies. She  also is founder of the Tunisian Optical Society Director and served as itspresident from 2002 to 2012. Prof. Ben Lakhdar was director of the Laboratory of Atomic-Molecular Spectroscopy and Applications at the FST. She is fellow member of SPIE and is vice-president of the International Commission of Optics (ICO) from 2011 to 2014.
3. Prof. Maria L. Calvo graduated in Physics at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain, in 1969. After her graduation she firstly visited Phillips (Eindhoven, Netherlands) and started working in quality control on glass fabrication (surface quality and stress analysis). Later, she became a fellow of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. At Parisian´s Institute of Optics she continued to work on optical properties of glasses and amorphous materials and obtained a Doctorate Diploma from the University of Paris (France) in 1971. She joined the Optics Department of UCM as a full professor and started theoretical studies on light scattering defects in isotropic media. In July 2008 she was elected President of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) for the term 2008 to 2011.
4. Dr. Hamid Dehghani is author of the Nirfast - FEM based - package for modeling Near-Infrared light transport in tissue and is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham in the School of Computer Science. He also is Assistant Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Dr. Dehghani has a M. Sc. in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering (1995) from the University of Sheffield (U.K.) and a Ph.D. in Electrical Impedance Tomography  (1999) from Sheffield Hallam University (U.K.). He has published widely on image reconstruction in alternative imaging modalities.
5. Dr. Jean Luc Doumont: An engineer from the Louvain School of Engineering (Belgium) and Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University, he now devotes his time and energy to training engineers, scientists, business people, and other rational minds in effective communication, pedagogy, statistical thinking, and related themes. With his rational background, he approaches  communication in an original, engineering-like way that contrasts sharply with the tradition of the field, rooted in the humanities. He thus is well received by students and professionals in search of a method they can apply with the same rigor they have  come to value in every other aspect of their occupations. Articulate, entertaining, and thought-provoking, he is a popular invited speaker worldwide, in particular at international scientific conferences, research laboratories, and top-ranked universities.
6. Prof. Najoua Kammoun is a full professor at the  Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (FST), the University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia, where she is the director of Condensed Matter Laboratory and director of the research team "Growth and Multiscale characterization of semiconductor materials used in devices Photovoltaic". Her research topics include Condensed Matter Physics, Nanomaterials (in particular  science and  applications of semiconductors), nonconventional energy (photovoltaics) and physics of semiconductor components.
7. Prof. Souad Lahmar is a full professor at the Institut Préparatoire aux  Études Scientifiques et Techniques (IPEST) La Marsa – Tunis, Tunisia. Her research topics include: Theoretical study of atomic and molecular structure and spectroscopy, Applications in Environment, Biology and  Astrophysics. She is founding member of the “Société Tunisienne d’Optique (STO)” (Tunisian Society of Optics). Furthermore she is resource person and facilitator for the UNESCO International Program in Physics and also in UNESCO´s project: “Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP): Training of Physics Trainers”.
8. Dr. Ute Kämper has a doctorate in the field of the molecular genetics of fungi at the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) in cooperation with and stay abroad at the Ohio State University, Columbus (USA). She is a translator of science-related manuscripts, managing director of the Graduate Center for Life and Natural Sciences (Marburg University) and of MARA, the Marburg Research Academy of the Philipps-University of Marburg. Dr. Kämper also is a trainer for scientific writing in the life and natural sciences (“Scientific Writing Lab”), for quality assurance in advising doctoral candidates, and for “Good Scientific Practice”.
9. Leila Chettaoui is the first coach certified by the International Coach Federation in Tunisia and North Africa. She is executive coach at Erickson College, Tunisia – and owner of Impact coaching. Leila Chettaoui is specialized in: Leadership and team coaching, time and project management, balance between private and professional life, public speaking and job interview as well as stress management. public speaking and job interview as well as stress management.
10. Dr. Alexandra Elli studied biochemistry at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany. She did her Ph.D. in the physics department at the University of Stuttgart (Germany), where she built up a confocal laser scanning microscope to study single Photosystem I complexes at low temperatures. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Philipps University of Marburg she was working on a kidney cancer project and coordinated the bio-imaging facility of the SFB 593. Since 2011 she is working as a product manager for correlative microscopy at Carl Zeiss, Oberkochen (Germany).
11. Khaled Ben Yahia has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. He is an expert in systems and functional development. Through his training as a transactional analyst he won farreaching and future-oriented knowledge for communication processes and stress fields in organizations; knowledge which now enables him to impart it to his audience. He is profoundly skilled in coaching, team building, management and organizational development.
12. Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Kirstin Baum is a doctoral candidate at Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. She gives lectures in: “Fundamental optics”, “Tissue optics” and “Fluorescence microscopy” for the subject of “Molecular imaging”, and “Digital imaging processing and image presentation for scientific publication” at the Department of  Biomedical  Science, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. Her research is focused on near infrared imaging of small animals and diffuse optical tomography. During and after her diploma she had worked for several companies in Germany, like Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISIT), Agfa and FRT. In August 2012 she developed the concept for “Get ahead with Optics” and together with Dr. Cherif she found a motivated partner to elaborate this project.
13. Dr. Rim Cherif is assistant professor at the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (FST), the University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia. She received her M.Sc. degree (2005) and her Ph.D. degree (2009) from the Engineering School of Communication of Tunis, Tunisia (Sup’Com). Her current research focuses on the numerical and experimental characterization of photonic crystal fiber properties, on the super continuum generation, on nonlinear effects, and on nanophotonics. Dr. Cherif is a member of the executive board of the Tunisian Optical Society and founder of the student chapters of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). She is a member in the education committee of SPIE.
14. Comsol Muliphysics Workshop by Elnady Engineering & Agencies, Comsol representative in Arab countries.
COMSOL is a Swedish engineering, design, and finite element analysis software company developing state-of-the-art  software that is capable of simulating any physical problem that can be described.