Prof. René Salathé

Member of the foundation board

René Salathé received the MS, PhD, and Habilitation (Privatdozent) degrees at the University of Bern in 1970, 1974, and 1979, respectively. In 1977/78, he worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, and from 1978-83, he did research on diode lasers and laser processing at the Institute of Applied Physics in Bern. He then directed the division “Material Testing and Technology” at the research and development center of the Swiss PTT.

In 1989, Mr. Salathé was appointed Professor of Applied Optics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Here, he served as head of a Center for Laser Applications, the Institute of Applied Optics, and the Microengineering Department. In 1998/99 he has been at the Center for Biological and Medical Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin.
From 2007-08 he directed the newly formed Institute of Microengineering within the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Techniques at EPFL. His research activities at EPFL included: Integrated optics and fabrication technologies for miniaturized optical systems, Nd-YAG and diode laser applications, fiber sensor applications, and biomedical optics, in particular medical laser applications and optical coherence tomography.

In 2009 he retired from his position at EPFL and started a R&D consulting company.

Prof. Salathé is a member of the Swiss Society for Optics and Microscopy, the Optical Society of America, a senior member of IEEE, and a life time member of the Swiss Physical Society. He also participates on advisory boards for the Swiss Innovation Agency (KTI/CTI) and the German Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.