Dr. Luis Fernandes received a degree in Applied Physics in 2006, and a Ph.D. in Physics in 2012, from the Faculty of Science at the University of Porto.
In 2008 he was awarded a Ph.D. fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. His doctoral work was researched in collaboration with the Photonics Group at the University of Toronto, where he became a postdoctoral fellow in 2013. From 2013 to 2018 he worked as a senior optical scientist at OZ Optics. He is a senior optical designer at VIAVI Solutions since 2018.
He is a member of the IEEE, SPOF, SPF, OSA, and SPIE. He participated in the IEEEXtreme competition as a student and since 2014 he has served as a volunteer in the quality assurance team. In 2018 he joined the IEEEXtreme Executive Committee as Technical Judges Lead and is currently the Chair of the Committee.