7-Sep-07 2:00 AM  CST


Dr. Aboubaker Beye, the new CEO of the African Laser Centre, will give the keynote address at the opening luncheon of the 2008 Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists on Thursday, February 21, 2008.

Dr. Beye is a Professor of Physics and Director of the Solid State Physics and Materials Science Group at the University of Cheikh Ante’Diop in Dakar, Senegal. He just completed a term as Associate Dean for Education and Research. He is also affiliated with the US-Africa Materials Institute at Princeton University, and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy.

Dr. Beye is the Chairman of the Implementation Committee for African Association for Teacher Education, General Secretary of the Global Federation of Associations for Teacher Education, Vice Chairman of the NanoAFNET, an African Network on Nanoscience, and Founding Chairman and member of the board of directors of the African Materials Research Society. 

He was elected CEO of the African Laser Centre (ALC) in March 2007. The ALC is a network of facilities organized as a virtual center of excellence focusing on laser research in Africa. It was established in 2002 to provide a platform through which Africa can pool its resources to become globally competitive. The ALC is an open, non-exclusive partnership aimed at stimulating innovative research and technology development in the field of lasers and laser applications. The ALC enables scientists and engineers from all African nations, as well as Europe, Asia and the Americas, to collaborate with each other and play a major role internationally in utilizing light to advance science and technology.

Dr. Beye is a graduate of Université de Montpellier in France. His scientific research interests include surface plasmon resonance, optoelectronic effects and nano-fabrication techniques.  He is a recognized expert on technology transfer, multi-national cooperation in science and economic development.

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