I started my research career at Aston in 1994 as a PhD student studying high speed optical telecommunications in the early days of what would become the world renowned Photonics Research Group.
After graduating in 1997 I continued this work at Aston as a Post Doc. In May 2002 along with co-workers, I left the university to form a spin-out project Marconi-Solstis to commercialise our research work. I was a Senior Development Engineer on this project working on system design, test and field installation. Following the first field deployment of our 1.6Tb/s 3000km system I continued with Marconi as Photonic System Test Manager.
I missed life in the research lab though, so in March 2005 came back to Aston as a Lecturer and resumed my research career in optical communications & nonlinear optics.
I teach a range of subjects at different levels: Introductory Physics & Digital Media at undergraduate level & Optical Communications at MSc level. I also supervise a number of PhD students working in our research labs.
PhD (Long Distance Dispersion Managed Soliton Transmission Experiments), Aston University, 1997
MSc (with distinction), University of St. Andrews, 1993
BSc (First Class Honours), University of Glasgow, 1992
2005 – present: Lecturer then Reader, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University
2000 – 2003: Senior Development Engineer/Manager Photonic System Test, Marconi Systems (Solstis)
1997 – 2001: Post Doctoral Research Assistant, Aston University
EPSRC/Azea CASE: Adaptive dispersion compensation.
EPSRC Grant 2007 - 2010: Applications of ultra-long Raman lasers in Photonics.
EPSRC/Xtera CASE: Phase Regeneration for high speed optical communications
Vassilis Karelekas: Ultra-long Raman fibre lasers
Lee Barker: Adaptive dispersion compensation for 40Gb/s optical communications
Mercedes Alcon-Camas: Applications of quasi-lossless Raman amplified systems.
Hua Wang: Generation & application of advanced nonlinear optical pulses
Neil Murray: Phase regeneration for high speed optical communications