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Fabian Ruf
Helping Hands Network, Germany

For his vision and dedication to creating practical teaching tools and fostering a passion for science through optics in Liberia and other African countries, inspiring teachers and students alike.

Fabian Ruf received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany in 2015 and 2019, respectively, where he investigated the potential of polymeric optical microcavities and novel perovskite solar cells using optical spectroscopy. In 2020, he joined the Integrated Photonics group at Aarhus University, Denmark, as a postdoctoral researcher focusing on the development of photonic integrated circuits based on generic foundry platforms for quantum applications. His research interests encompass their potential for miniaturization, scale-up and novel functionalities in various other application areas. In parallel, he is passionate about teaching and promoting optics and photonics at all levels, especially as a tool to support education in less privileged communities.

The Milton and Rosalind Chang Pivoting Fellowship provides US$50,000 of unrestricted funding to talented, early-career optical scientists and engineers who believe their expertise can improve society outside of the lab. We encourage those with vision and exceptional talent to apply and pursue a newfound passion. Learn more and how to apply at

Updated 22 September 2023

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