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Ana Villafranca

Ottawa, On E-mail: villafab@mcmaster.ca Web: www.anavillafranca.com

Professional objective
A research/engineering position to develop novel optical properties and effects for technological applications.

Technical skills
Optics • Design and construction of optical assemblies for nonlinear light propagation studies and modification of materials • Free-space and optical fiber assembly for self-written waveguide experiments • Fabrication and characterisation of waveguides • Statistical analysis of experiments • Linear probing of waveguides and microscopy characterisation • Beam diagnostics: spatial and temporal characterization • Laser alignment and maintenance • Optical instrumentation: Power meters, spectrometers, prism coupler, interferometers Materials fabrication and characterization • Bulk organic photopolymer sol-gel fabrication • Thin film inorganic sol-gel fabrication • Clean room (Class 10000) substrate preparation and spin-coating • Ellipsometry, Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-VIS spectroscopy, Rapid Thermal Annealing (RTA). • Microscopy: Optical, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) Computer skills • Simulations in BeamPROP™ (light propagation software) • Comsol training (Multiphysics software) • Analysis software: Mathematica, Origin Pro, SigmaPlot • Graphical design and presentation: CorelDRAW (or Inkscape), Powerpoint • Basic C++ programming, macros in Windows

Education
Doctorate degree Masters of Science Bachelor of Science Summer program Exchange program Summer program Engineering Physics Engineering Physics Engineering Physics Engineering Physics Optics McMaster University, Canada McMaster University, Canada ITESM Monterrey, Mexico INPG Grenoble, France UWO London, Canada INAOE Puebla, Mexico
2005-2010

2005 2001 2000 1999 1999

. Canada Nonlinear propagation of coherent light in photopolymers • Investigation of laser induced self-action effects including self-trapping. Saravanamuttu.Apr 2005 Teaching assistant Department of Engineering Physics. Hamilton. McMaster University.D. Mexico • Laboratory leader for Physics I.Apr 2006/2007 Sep-Dec 2004 Sep-Dec 2003 Jan-Apr 2003/2004 Sep 2000-May 2001 Department of Engineering Physics.Sc. “Advances in diffraction rings dynamics in a photopolymer: curvature and pathlength dependence studies" (In preparation) . B.Research Experience McMaster University: Ph. Canada Fabrication and characterization of sol-gel germanosilicate thin films for waveguide applications • Synthesis of various germanosilicate sol compositions • Fabrication of sol-gel germanosilicate thin films using spin coating and rapid thermal annealing techniques • Characterisation of thin films through ellipsometry. II and III courses.Jul 2002 Publications A. Villafranca and K. Coatzacoalcos. Hamilton. Canada • • • • • • • • Lab coordinator for Semiconductor Junction devices course Lab coordinator for a design course on Applications to photonics Assignment marking for Emerging technologies course. Mexico Analysis of international and national markets of petrochemical products and price calculation for national and export markets Sept 2001. Assignment design and marking for Microsystems devices course Assignment design and marking for Thermodynamics course Laboratory leader for Electrical science course Assignment design and marking for Solid state devices course Laboratory leader for Solid state electronics course Jan-May 2009 Sep-Dec 2008 Jan-Apr 2008 Sep-Dec 2006/2007 Jan. design of experiments for nonlinear propagation of light in organosiloxane through beam profiling techniques • Characterisation of laser-induced waveguides and structures in the photopolymer • Simulations of the nonlinear propagation of light using BeamPROP ™ and an external subroutine McMaster University: M. ITESM. Other experience Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX): Marketing Analyst. FTIR and UV spectroscopy and optical. self-phase modulation and modulation instability in a photopolymer • Preparation of photopolymer. electron and atomic force microscopy Apr 2005-2010 Sept 2002.

Hamilton. Saravanamuttu. Villafranca and K. Villafranca and K. Saravanamuttu. 125202 (2009). ON. Canada [Poster presentation] A. “Laser-induced self-action phenomena in a photopolymerizable medium”. A: Pure Appl. Hamilton. Canada [Poster presentation] A. 2009. “Laser-induced nonlinear phenomena in a photopolymer”. Quebec. B. Hamilton. “Nonlinear forms of laser propagation in a photopolymerisable medium”. “Diffraction rings due to spatial self-phase modulation in a photopolymerisable medium”. Saravanamuttu. Canada [Oral presentation] A. Villafranca and K. San Jose CA. A. Symposium on Integrated Optoelectronic Devices. B. Canada [Poster presentation] .A. Villafranca and K. [Oral presentation] A. Saravanamuttu. Canada [Oral presentation] A. Villafranca and K. Saravanamuttu. SPIE Proceedings San Jose CA. Villafranca and K. Women in Science and Engineering Initiative 2008 International Women's Day Research Conference. Saravanamuttu. Photonics North 2009. Weatherly Symposium 2008. Villafranca and K. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Women in Science and Engineering Initiative 2009 International Women's Day Research Conference. Ottawa. B. Villafranca and K. Canada [Poster presentation] A. “Dynamics of self-trapped beams in a photopolymerisable medium: new opportunities for the design of self-written waveguide components”. B. “Dynamics of self-trapped beams in a photopolymerisable medium: new opportunities for the design of self-written waveguide components”. B. J. 2009. 92nd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition-Canadian Society for Chemistry. Canada [Poster presentation] A. B. Conference on Organic Photonic Materials and Devices XI. “Self-action effects of laser propagation in a photopolymer”. Ottawa. Saravanamuttu. 11. Conference contributions A. B. Hamilton. Villafranca and K. B. (2009). “Laser-induced self-action phenomena in a photopolymerizable medium”. “Formation and spontaneous filamentation of a single optical ring originating from an input Gaussian beam" (In preparation) A. A. “Laser-induced self-action phenomena in a photopolymerizable medium”. Villafranca and K. IV Confederation of Mexican Graduate Students and Researchers in Canada Congress. Photonics West 2009. 112. B. City. Opt. Saravanamuttu. “An experimental study of the dynamics and temporal evolution of self-trapped laser beams in a photopolymerizable organosiloxane”. Opt. ON. 7213-28. Saravanamuttu. B. 17388-17396 (2008). “Nonlinear forms of laser propagation in a photopolymerisable medium”. Saravanamuttu. B. Villafranca and K. Saravanamuttu. XI Cross Border Workshop on laser science 2009. ON. Villafranca and K. Saravanamuttu. B.

2006.. Hamilton. [Poster presentation] A. “Characterization of GeO2 doped silica sol-gel films”. Canada) TEXPO Research Competition travel award 2007 ($500 Ottawa. Ottawa.. swimming. Photonics North. Sherbrooke. Canada. squash.Sc. Mascher. Annual Members Meeting. “Spatial self-trapping of coherent light in a photochemical system”. Canada. McMaster University 2002-2004 CONACYT Mexican Scholarship for Ph. CMC Microsystems 2007 Annual Symposium. ON. B. Québec City. Canada. P. ON. “Dynamics of self-trapped beams in a photopolymerisable medium: new opportunities for the design of self-written waveguide components”. International Conference on Application of Photonic Technology. Saravanamuttu. [Poster presentation] A. Ontario Photonics Technology Industry Cluster. gardening.A. Saravanamuttu. 2004. B. Villafranca and K. McMaster University 2005-Present University Graduate Scholarship for M. CIPI 5th Annual General Meeting. B.D.D. [Poster presentation] Scholarships and Awards Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division (MSED) Poster Award at 92nd Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference 2009 ($250 Hamilton. Jessop and P. Canada. Villafranca and K. 2007. Saravanamuttu. B. stays in France) English: Fluent (7 years in Canada) Extracurricular activities Vice President of Confederation of Mexican Graduate students and Researchers in Canada (CEIMEXCAN) Volunteer in the community through Open Circle Association (McMaster) Softball at McMaster University Biking. “Spatial self-trapping of coherent light in a photochemical system”. dancing References available upon request . studies (declined) Languages Spanish: French: Mother tongue Fluent (took courses since high school. Canada) University Graduate Scholarship for Ph. TEXPO research competition. yoga. Villafranca. Villafranca and K. [Poster presentation] A.

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