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Prof.Dr.Ing.Paul Enache Sterian
"Politehnica" University of Bucharest, Romania

Born: November 22, 1946


  • 1971 - M.Sc., Faculty of Electronics Engineering, "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, Diploma thesis : "Acousto-Optical System for Laser Beam Modulation"
  • 1975-1976 - Advanced Studies : JAPAN, Nagoya University and Chubu Institute of Technology
  • 1977 - Ph.D., Technical Physics, "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, Dissertation : "Contribution to the Study of the Laser Beam Modulation"

Stages abroad

  • Obaka University, Nagoya University, Chubu Institute of Technology (JAPAN)
  • Universite d'Angers, Universite de Grenoble (FRANCE)
  • Kent University, Stirling University (U.K.)


  • 1971-1978 - Assistant Professor, Physics Department, "Politehnica" University of Bucharest
  • 1978-1981 - Lecturer, Physics Department, "Politehnica" University of Bucharest
  • 1981-1990 - Associate Professor, Physics Department, "Politehnica" University of Bucharest
  • Since 1990 - Professor, Physics Department, "Politehnica" University of Bucharest
  • Since 1980 - Dr. Thesis Supervisor in Technical Physics and Optoelectronics, Physics Department, "Politehnica" University of Bucharest
    • General fields of teaching activities : Physics, Quantum Electronics and Optolelectronics (in Romanian and English)
    • Research fields : Quantum Electronics, Optolelectronics, Nonlinear and Quantum Optics, Optical Computing

Other Responsibilities

  • Head of the Optoelectronics Laboratory and of the Advanced Studies School in "PHOTONICS" at the "Politehnica" University of Bucharest
  • Founder and General Director of the University Photonics Center "FOCUM", which is now in competition for the European recognition as Excellence Center
  • Contribution to the European Integration of the Romanian Higher Education System
  • Managerial activities :
    • President of the Romanian National Conference of Optoelectronics in 1993 and 1999 and board member of the other many scientific national and international meeting in the field
    • Contributor to foundation of the Department of Mathematics and Physics at the "Politehnica" University of Bucharest
    • Organizer of the basic education programs (lectures and laboratories) in the "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, for optoelectronics and Photonics
    • Manager of more then 20 R&D projects financed on the contractual base at the "Politehnica" University of Bucharest

Relevant scientific contributions

  • optical bistability
  • multiphoton processes in nonlinear media
  • laser modulation
  • coherent interactions
  • open quantum system


  • Author or co-author of 23 books printed at Technical Publishing House, Scientific Publishing House, Educational Sciences Publishing House and "Politehnica" University of Bucharest Publishing House, among which:
    • "Optical Transmission of Information" (620 pages)
    • "Laser and Multiphoton Processes" (520 pages)
    • "Physics" (1200 pages)
    • "Physics of Optoelectronic Systems" (370 pages)
  • 165 scientific papers, published in different national or international journals, or in the volumes of certain national or international conference, among which:
    • STEFANESCU E., STERIAN P.E. "Exact Quantum Master Equation for Markoffian System", Optical Engineering, USA, no.6, June 1996, pp. 153-158
    • NINULESCU V., STERIAN P.E., DUMITRU M.A., PISCUREANU M. "Chaos Control in Van der Pol Oscilator", Journal of Technical Physics, no.3-4, 1996, pp. 391-394
    • POPESCU I.M., PUSCAS N.N., STERIAN P.E. "Nimerical Analysis of the Fifth Harmonic Generation Efficeincy in some Organic Liquids ", Studies in Classical and Quantum Nonlinear Optics, Nova Science Publishers, 1996, pp. 681-687
    • STERIAN P.E., DIGULESCUP.P. "Optical Beacon for Pointing and Tracking System for Free-space Communications", Proceeding SPIE, vol. 3405, 1998, pp. 829-835
    • STERIAN P.E., DORDIA C., MIU C. "A Study of Image Enhancement Based on a Neural Model of Human Retinal", Romanian Journal of Optoelectronics, vol. 6, no.4, 1998, pp. 45-53
    • STEFFANESCU E., STERIAN P.E., GEARBA A. "Spectral Line Broadering in Two-level System with Dissipative Coupling", Romanian Journal of Optoelectronics, vol. 6, no.2, April-June 1998, pp. 17-21
    • STEFFANESCU E., LIOTTA R., SANDULESCU A., SCHEID V., STERIAN P.E. "The Decay of a Fermi System through Particle-particle Dissipation ", (to be published in Phys. Rev. D.)
  • 3 patented inventiones (OSIM - Romania)


  • President of the Romanian Optoelectronics Society (SRO)
  • Council Member of the Academy of Scientists in Romania (AOSR)
    • Vice-president of the Section "Science and Technology of Information"
  • Board Member of the International Society for Optical Engineering Romanian Branch (SPIE-R)
  • Standing Committee Member of the Young Scientists Committee of the World Federation of Scientific Workers (YS-WFSW)
  • Member of the Romanian Physical Society (RPS)
  • Member of the Balkan Physical Society (BPS)
  • Member of the European Physical Society (EPS)
  • Member of the "Ion Agarbiceanu" Laser Society in Romania

Prizes and Awards

  • National First Prize for Scientific and Technical Creativeness (1978)
  • "Constantin Miculescu" Prize of Romanian Academy for "Laser and Nonlinear Optics"


  • "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, Romania, Electronics Faculty, Physics Department, Str. Splaiul Independentei nr. 313, sector 6, cod 7000, Bucharest, Tel : 40-21-410.0400/122 , E-mail: sterian@physics.pub.ro

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