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Dr. Angela Guzman

Dr. Angela Guzman

Visiting Associate Research Professor



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Angela M. Guzman joined CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, as a Visiting Research Associate Professor in fall 2011. From 2007-2011 she was Research Associate Professor at the Physics Department of Florida Atlantic University. She is Professor Emeritus of the Physics Department at the National University of Colombia, where she graduated as a physicist, obtained her M. Sc. degree in Physics, and worked for over 25 years. She obtained her Dr. Sc. degree from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich for research conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany, and conducted post-doctoral research at the Optical Sciences Center of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. In 2011, she was awarded an “Honorary Doctor” degree from the Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abobyan.

In 1988, as a young scientist, she was awarded the Colombian “Third World Academy of Science” Prize. In 1989 she was appointed Regular Associate Member of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy. She is the recipient of the 1992-93 “Sarwar Razmi” Prize of the ICTP. In 1998 she was elected a member of the Colombian Academy of Science and became Senior Associate of the ICTP. Since 2008 she chairs the Advisory Group for the Trieste System on Optical Sciences and Applications, which provides advice to the ICTP in the area of optics. Dr. Guzman is also the Coordinator of the UNESCO Workshop on Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP) in Latin America.

Dr. Guzman Chaired the International Council of the Optical Society of America and served as a Member of that Society’s Board of Directors during the period 2003-2004. From 2005 to 2008 she served as a Vice President of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) and as a Member of the ICO Bureau. In 2007 she was made Fellow of the Optical Society of America for her contributions to quantum and atom optics and for the promotion of optics in developing countries. In 2010, during the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Department of Physics of the National University of Colombia, she received an award as a distinguished alumna of the Department. Since 2008 she holds the elected position of Secretary General of the ICO, and she serves as the editor of the ICO Newsletter.

Dr. Guzman has organized several national and international meetings on optics, including the recent Pan American Advanced Studies Institute on Frontiers in Imaging Science, an activity supported by the National Science Foundation, held on June 2011 at the National University of Colombia in Bogota, and intended to foster international collaboration between young researchers in new imaging methods, with special emphasis on bioimaging. She has been involved in the promotion of optics research and education worldwide, with emphasis in developing countries, particularly in Latin America.

Awards & Honors

2011 Honorary Doctor, Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan
2010 Distinguished Alumni Diploma, Physics Department, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2010)
2009 Associate Member of the IUPAP C15 Commission on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. (2009-2011)
2009 Coordinator of UNESCO's ALOP in Latin America (2009-2011)
2008 ICO Secretary General (2008-2014)
2008 Chair of TSOSA, ICTP, Trieste, Italy (2008-2012)
2006 OSA Fellow
2005 ICO Vice President (2005-2008)
2003 OSA Board of Directors & Chair of the International Council (2003-2004)
2001 Medal “Juan Herkrath Muller,” Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2001)
1998 Corresponding Member, Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical, and Natural Sciences (1998)
1998 Senior Associate Member, ICTP, Trieste, Italy (1998-2007)
1992 "Sarwar Razmi" Award, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, (1992)
1989 Associate Member, ICTP, Trieste, Italy (1989-1998)
1988 "Third World Academy of Science", Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical, and Natural Sciences, (1988)

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