Caliber researchers
Nadia Boetti
NATO Country Project Director
Dr. Nadia G. Boetti received a M. Sc. degree with honour in Physics from University of Torino and a PhD in Electronic Devices at Politecnico di Torino. From 2000 to 2009 she worked as R&D Engineer at Avago Technologies Italy Srl (formerly Agilent Technologies Italia SpA) where she was involved in several aspect of advanced fiber optic transceiver development, such as characterization of advanced optical and optoelectronic components, hybrid integration process development, test automation. From 2010 her research activities has been dealing mainly with the design, fabrication and characterization of photonic glasses and optical fibers for lasers and amplifiers in the Near-IR (phosphate, multicomponent silicate) and Mid-IR (tellurite, germanate) wavelength region. She has been also involved in the development of bioresorbable glasses, optical fiber and capillary for biophotonic applications. This research has been conducted first as Research Fellow at the Department of Applied Science and Technology of Politecnico di Torino and, from July 2015, at the Istituto Superiore Mario Boella as senior researcher at the Applied Photonics Area.
Amiel Ishaaya
Partner Country Project Director
Amiel A. Ishaaya received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Tel Aviv University, Israel, in 1987 and 1995, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, in 2005, all in physics. From 1994 to 2001, he was working with Elop Electro-Optics Ltd., on various laser development projects. From 2005 to 2007, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with Cornell University, NY, studying collapse dynamics of high-intensity optical beams and nonlinear interactions in photonic crystal fibers. In 2007, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Israel, where he is currently a tenured associate professor. His group is developing pulsed coherent light sources and is conducting experimental investigations on various aspects of light-matter interactions in the high peak power pulsed regime. Prof. Ishaaya has authored or co-authored over 130 papers published in journals and conference proceedings, 20 technical reports, and holds several U.S. patents, all in the fields of optics and lasers. He is a member of the Optical Society of America and of the IEEE Photonics society.
Daniel Milanese
Daniel Milanese is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Torino (Italy) since 2002. He gained a PhD in Materials Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 2001. He is Deputy Coordinator of the Interdepartmental laboratory PhotoNext at Politecnico di Torino. His research interests include the design, fabrication and characterization of photonic glasses and optical fibers for lasers and amplifiers in the near infrared wavelength region, and more recently fibers for biophotonic applications. He is author of more than 130 peer-reviewed papers and 2 European patents. He participated in several regional and national research projects and he is MC Member for Italy of the EU-COST MP1401 project “Advanced Fibre Laser and Coherent Source as tools for Society, Manufacturing and Lifescience”. He is Associate Editor of the OSA’s Journal Optical Materials Express, is member of the Optical Society, the European Optical Society, the American Ceramic Society and of the European Technology Platform Photonics 21.
Pugliese Diego
Research assistant

Dr. Diego Pugliese is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Materials, Physics and Engineering of the Applied Science and Technology Department of Politecnico di Torino since March 2014.
He received from Universita’ degli Studi di Torino the BSc Degree in Physics in October 2008 and the MSc Degree in Environmental Physics in October 2010. In February 2014 he got the PhD in Physics at the Applied Science and Technology Department of Politecnico di Torino discussing a thesis on new insights in Dye-sensitized Solar Cells, a low-cost and environmentally friendly third generation solar device. His current research activity mainly deals with the synthesis and characterization of active phosphate glasses highly doped with rare earth ions (Er3+, Yb3+, Yb3+/Er3+, Nd3+) for the manufacture of eye-safe compact lasers and optical amplifiers in the form of optical fiber or “rod waveguide” in the near infrared wavelength region.
He is author of more than 30 peer-reviewed papers in International Journals and he attended three International Conferences.

Mircea Guina


Prof. Mircea GUINA obtained the PhD degree in physics in 2002 at Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Tampere, Finland. He is a professor of optoelectronics since 2008 and currently leads the Optoelectronics Research Centre, a research group part of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of TUT. He conducts research on several major topics including molecular beam epitaxy of novel optoelectronic compounds, development of semiconductor lasers and high-efficiency solar cells, photonic integration, and use of lasers in medicine, LIDAR, and sensing. He has published more than 160 journal papers, several book chapters, has given more than 30 invited talks at major international conferences, and holds four international patents. Prof. Guina has an outstanding record in initiating and leading large-scale research projects extending from basic science to technology transfer. He is currently involved in two H2020 projects (e.g., MIREGAS and TFQD) and is the recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant for development of high efficiency solar cell technology. In terms of educational activities, we note that prof. Guina has acted as supervisor of 8 graduated PhD students, and he is the founder and Director of the International Summer School “New Frontiers in Optical Technologies”. He is also co-founder of three start-ups related to laser technologies (RefleKron, Picophotonics, and Vexlum). Prof. Guina is a Topical Editor for the Optics Letters journal and the Journal of European Optical Society.


Federico Leone

MSc student

Gabriele Coppola

BSc student