Room number: NW515
I joined Aston University in 2004 as a Medici Fellow having spent seven years in industry and became a Reader in 2015. I am currently the Placements Tutor for Electronic Engineering.
My main research interests are in fibre optic sensing, fibre Bragg gratings and fs materials processing.
After my PhD and a two year stint as a research fellow I worked for ADC in Australia for a year transferring fibre Bragg grating technology into a production environment. When I returned to the UK I worked as a director for two fibre optic companies, first for Oxford Fiber Optic Tools, and then we raised the Venture Capital funding to form a second company, Indigo Photonics, in 2001. I am currently a founding director of Astasense Ltd.
My teaching interests lie in the delivery of courses that holistically develop a broad range of engineering skills. Engineering is a multifaceted, doing subject, you can’t just read text books and expect to be a good engineer. My formal teaching is targeted at Foundation and First year level students. My courses are designed to give students experience of real engineering tasks and learn in a problem based way. I also supervise Final, Masters and PhD level research projects.
BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Birmingham, 1989
MSc (distinction), St Andrews University, 1991
PhD in Fabrication and Applications of Fibre Bragg Gratings, Aston University, 1996
2001 - 2003: Technical Director Indigo Photonics Ltd
1999 - 2001: Technical Director Oxford Fiber Optic Tools Ltd
1997 - 1998: Senior Physicist ADC Pty Ltd, Canberra, Australia
EE1ESE: Electronic Systems Engineering
EE1EPE: Engineering Projects and Entrepreneurship
Fibre Bragg gratings
Fibre optic sensing
Marie Curie IEF, FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IEF-275703-IFOCS, In-fibre optical cavitiy structures for telecommunications and sensing (2011-2013)
PhD CASE Award NPL (2008-2011)
PhD CASE Award Oxford Lasers (2006-2009)
Technology Programme INETEGRATED WING (2006-2009)
Technology Programme CONSTRUCT (Airbus, BAE Systems, Insensys, Deutsch, Aston University, Messier-Dowty, Ultra Electronics SCS, Ultra Electronics) (2006-2009)
Technology Programme Fs Machining FIMA (Oxford Lasers, Fiberlogix, Aston University) (2006-2009)
PhD CASE Award Avery Weigh-Tronix (2005-2008)
DTI LINK Programme ROADS (Sensa, BP, National Grid, Southampton University, Aston University) (2004-2008)
PhD projects I currently supervise:
Michal Zubel - POFBGs