Jes Broeng joined DTU Fotonik in 2012 with the goal of creating
new spin-out companies.
Jes has an entrepreneur background as a co-founder of Crystal Fibre (sold 2008), now NKT Photonics. Jes has extensive experience in business development, product development, sales (US, Europe, and Asia; private and public sector), and IPR and license management.
Jes has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. from DTU, Denmark, and he is author and co-author of more than 200 publications, 1 textbook, and 15 patents (6000+ citations, h-index = 35).
Jes serves on the committee of several international conferences. Jes was awarded the European Optics Prize in 1999.
Jes Broeng is Professor of Photonics Technology Innovation at DTU Fotonik, and currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, CITRIS. He has a PhD degree and a MSc from DTU, Denmark, and is author and co-author of more than 200 publications (including Science), 1 textbook, and 15 patents (h-index = 42, +10.000 citations). Jes Broeng’s research interests include business and management areas of technology transfer and entrepreneurship, and scientific areas of optics, photonics, and communications. He has extensive experience in applied research, early high-tech business development, IPR and licensing, and high-tech sales (US, Europe, and Asia). Jes Broeng is co-founder of five start-ups: Crystal Fibre (now NKT Photonics), Norlase, Bifrost Communications, Aqubiq and OSAA Innovation – and he has pioneered a new model for successful university spin-outs. He is a frequent invited speaker and teaches technology entrepreneurship seminars and workshops at universities around the world. Jes Broeng is a member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences and a Fellow of SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics) and has served on the committee of several international conferences. Jes Broeng was awarded the European Optics Prize in 1999, and he is the winner of the DTU Innovation Award 2016.
Education & academic degrees
1996 – 2000 PhD in Photonics, Technical University of Denmark,
Research stay at Bath University, England (6 months)
1990 – 1996 MSc in Engineering, Technical University of Denmark,
Studies at Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse, France (6 months)
Studies at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (3 months)
Employment track, research affiliations and experience
2016 – 2017 Visiting Scholar at CITRIS, University of California Berkeley
2014 – Professor Photonics Technology Innovation, DTU Fotonik, DTU
2012 – 2014 Senior Executive Consultant in Innovation, DTU Fotonik, DTU
2009 – 2012 Head of R&D department (optical fibers) and Director of IPR, NKT Photonics
2001 – 2009 Co-founder, Head of R&D, Crystal Fibre (spin-out from COM, DTU)
2000 – 2001 Research Assistant, Center for Communications, Optics and Materials (COM), DTU
Experience in research supervision and management
Head of the Photonics Technology Innovation Team at DTU Fotonik from 2012
Instumental in the spin-out of seven new companies from the department
(IRSee, Norlase, Sensitivus, OCTlight, Bifrost Communications, SHUTE, Aqubiq).
Head of fiber research and development, 2001-2012, Crystal Fibre and NKT Photonics
Principal Investigator for Crystal Fibre and NKT Photonics on multiple international research collaborations, including academic partners (Stanford, MIT, ETH Zürich, Institute for Laser Science (Tokyo)), government organizations (ESA, NASA, US Air Force Research Labs, Lawrence Livermore National Labs), large global companies (Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, Sony, Northrop Grumman), pioneering photonics companies (Coherent, Spectra Physics, IPG, IMRA), and start-up companies (Mobius, EOLITE, GLOphotonics and Optical Engines). Collaborations include EU funded projects (such as FP7 ALPINE and FP7 LIFT), DARPA programs and SBIRs (US) and customer-sponsored projects.
Supervisor of 9 PhD students from 2000 to 2013
Stig E. Barkou Libori; Erik Bergbäck Knudsen; Kristian G. Hougaard; Theis Peter Hansen; Michael Henoch Frosz; Jens Kristian Lyngsøe; Danny Noordegraaf; Kristian Rymann Hansen; Marko Laurila
Awards and honorary positions
2016: Winner of the DTU Innovation Award
2014: Fellow of SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics)
2012: Member of ATV (the Danish academy of technical sciences)
2010-2012: Advisory Board Member, Department of Photonics Engineering, DTU
2002: Photonics Circle of Excellence Award (product award)
1999: European Optics Prize, European Optical Society
1998: Annual Award, Danish Optical Society
Committee work at international technical conferences
OSA Latin America Optics & Photonics Conf., Opt. fibers and sensing techn. (co-chair 2016)
SPIE Photonics West, Fiber Lasers (served from 2006 to 2013, General chair in 2008)
OSA Advances in Optical Materials (since 2009 to 2013)
OSA Workshop on Specialty optical Fibers (since 2013)
"Bridging the Gap from University Research to High-Tech Venture via Experienced Entrepreneurs”, J Broeng, MK Overgaard, K Murdock, and ML Jensen, Proceedings of 2015 University Industry Interaction Conference, 2015.
“Spinning-out university technologies: a role for students in the commercialization process”, K Murdock, L Johnsen, M Ølund, M Overgaard, J Broeng, O Hvidt, N Jarnel, Proc. of the American Soc. for Eng. Management 2015 International Annual Conference, 2015.
“'The First Years of Crystal Fibre A/S from a University Perspective”, A Bjarklev and J Broeng, in Engineering a High-Tech Business: Entrepreneurial Experiences and Insights, SPIE, pp. 181-192, 2008
”Photonic band gap guidance in optical fibers”, JC Knight, J Broeng, TA Birks, PSJ Russell, Science 282 (5393), 1476-1478, 1998
Publication: Research › Patent – Annual report year: 2016
Time-domain electric field enhancement on micrometer scale in coupled split ring resonator upon terahertz radiation
Publication: Research - peer-review › Article in proceedings – Annual report year: 2016
Publication: Research › Working paper – Annual report year: 2015
ISSNs: 0277-786X, 1605-7422, 0277-786X, 0361-0748, 0277-786X
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1042-4687
S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering, United States
ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed no, BFI (2015): BFI-level 1
ISSNs: 1094-4087, 1094-4087
Optical Society of America, United States
ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes, BFI (2015): BFI-level 2, Scopus rating (2015): 2.186 1.664
ISSNs: 0146-9592, 0146-9592
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1539-4794
Optical Society of America, United States
ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes, BFI (2015): BFI-level 2, Scopus rating (2015): 2.397 1.532
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