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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
October 1, 2014
Canadian Excellence


Dr. Marek S. Wartak

Professor, Dept. of Physics and Computer Science

M. Eng. in Electrical Engineering (Wroclaw University of Technology); PhD in Theoretical Physics (Wroclaw University of Technology)

University Research Professor 2005-2006

Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 2436 / lab ext. 2685
Fax: 519-746-0677
Office Location: N2076B


Dr. Market S. Wartak received his Master of Engineering degree in electronics (electrical engineering) with a concentration in solid state technology, and a PhD in theoretical physics with an emphasis in quantum liquids. Both of these degrees are from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland. Dr. Wartak has over 30 years of experience in semiconductor physics, photonics and optoelectronics, analytical methods, modelling and computer-aided design (CAD) tools.  During his career he has worked at Nortel Networks; the National Research Council, Canada, and in both California and Europe. Since 1990, he has been employed by Wilfrid Laurier University.  Presently, he is a professor in the Department of Physics and Computer Science; an adjunct professor in the Department of Physics, the University of Waterloo, and a member of the Guelph-Waterloo Physics Institute, all in Ontario, Canada.

Professor Wartak has led numerous projects and collaborations in modelling and simulations for electronic devices and optoelectronics & photonics active and passive devices.  Those simulations covered a broad range from materials to device aspects. Support for his research came from Industry (EG7G, Nortel Networks, Optiwave Corporation, Ottawa), Federal Government, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Provincial Government, as well as the Centres of Excellence: Materials and Manufacturing Ontario (MMO), Photonics Research Ontario (PRO), and Communication & Information Technology Ontario (CITO).

Often published, Dr. Wartak has written for physics and engineering journals. He has co-authored over 120 publications in refereed journals, conference proceedings and other sources. Since coming to Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in 1990, he has supervised 18 Research Associates, PhD, Master, and Undergraduate students.  Professor Wartak was named University Research Professor for the 2005-2006 academic year.  He has also established a well-equipped laboratory at WLU devoted to simulations of optoelectronic devices.

Dr. Wartak is a Senior Member of the IEEE (Electron Device Society and Optical Society of America) and works as a regular reviewer for the Journal of Applied Physics, Applied Physics Letters and IEEE Photonics Technology Letters.  He has also served as a consultant in the area of light wave technology for several companies in Canada.  His one-year sabbatical leave was at the SemiLab in Tampere, Finland (1997-98), and subsequently a half-year sabbatical leave was spent with VTT Electronics, Oulu, Finland (2001).