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Prof. Rusch currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Communications Systems Enabling the Cloud. She is Fellow of the IEEE and OSA and a member of the Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers at UL.

Prof. Rusch has experience in defense, industrial and academic communications research. She was a communications project engineer for the Department of Defense from 1980-1990. While on leave from Université Laval, she spent two years (2001-2002) at Intel Corporation creating and managing a group researching new wireless technologies.

Prof. Rusch is the Vice President for Technical Affairs of IEEE Photonics Society. She has served on multiple technical program committees for major international conferences, and is an associate editor of the OSA Optica journal; she has served as associate editor for IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications Networks and the IEEE Communications Letters.

Prof. Rusch has published over 160 articles in international journals (90% IEEE/OSA) with wide readership, and contributed to over 200 conferences.  Her articles have been cited over 7150 times per Google Scholar, with an h-factor of 42.

Prof. Rusch has won numerous awards for graduate training, including the IEEE Canada Ham Award for Graduate Supervision. Her research interests include digital signal processing for coherent detection in optical communications using silicon photonic devices, spatial multiplexing using orbital angular momentum modes in fiber, radio over fiber and OFDM for passive optical networks; and in wireless communications, supporting 5G over passive optical networks and optimization of the optical/wireless interface in emerging cloud based computing networks.

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