I studied Physics at Imperial College, London and then joined the Physics department at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and received a PhD for studies on Nonlinear Dynamics of Three-Level Lasers in 1989.
Following post-doctoral appointments at Heriot-Watt University, Aston University and The University of Arizona, I joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at Aston University in 1996 as a lecturer and was promoted to reader in 2000. During that period I taught several UG and MSc-level courses in electronic engineering and telecommunications, and performed research on high-speed optical fibre transmission systems via numerical simulations, with emphasis on optical solitons, dispersion management, and WDM.
In 2000, I moved to Marconi Solstis as Development Director alongside five colleagues from Aston to develop an ultra-long-haul DWDM transmission system, named uPLx160. From 2003-2010 I worked for Marconi plc, and subsequently Ericsson Ltd, as Photonics Modelling Manager leading an international team responsible for propagation modelling, simulation tools, and link configuration design rules. In 2010, I was appointed Director, technology and systems at Oclaro Technology Ltd, where I worked for the Optical Network Systems Business Unit, with interests in optical communication systems, high-bit-rate modules, advanced amplification, and related technologies.
In 2012 I was appointed Royal Society Industry Fellow at AIPT to work on a research project entitled “Tackling Information Capacity limits to Tbit/s fibre Optic Communication systems” (TICTOC) and in July 2014 I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Applied Physics at Aston.