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EPSRC CDT in Applied Photonics Annual Conference 2017

The EPSRC CDT in Applied Photonics Annual Conference 2017 will be taking place on Friday 23 June in the Postgraduate Centre here at Heriot-Watt.  Presentations will take place in the Postgraduate Centre Auditorium with catering and poster sessions in the foyer area. 

The conference will showcase collaborative industrial research conducted by the Research Engineers. Topics on the day will include: Optoelectronics, Laser Development, Biophotonics, Diffractive & Non-linear Optics and Sensors and Image and Signal Processing.   

Perspectives of the programme

To celebrate International Womens Day, we want to highlight some of the amazing work our female Research Engineers are doing. We hear from alumna Dr. Agata Pawlikowska and current research Engineer Aneta Lisowska about their experience of the programme. 

Dr. Agata Pawlikowska 

Agata graduated from Heriot-Watt University in November with an Engineering Doctorate. She continues to work for the company which supported her EngD, Leonardo as a Senior Systems Engineer within an advanced research group.

Westminster Hall Parliamentary Debate

A Westminster Hall Parliamentary debate on the UK Photonics Industry took place on 25 January 2017. During the debate there were several mentions related to the CDT in Applied Photonics. The work in Photonics at Heriot-Watt, Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities was mentioned as was the work by CDT AP supervisor Professor Duncan Hand.  The work at  NPL on counterfeit textiles worked on by our alumni  John Molloy was given as an example of photonics technology.

Texas Instruments Internship

Third year Research Engineer, Dominic Hunter has spent 3 months in Dallas on an internship placement with his sponsor company, Texas Instruments. Dominic shares his experience and the positive impact this has had on his research project.

Dominic Writes:-

Undertaking an internship at Texas Instruments has enabled me to test the knowledge and experience I have gained during the CDT programme by developing a benchtop atomic magnetometer that will be utilized in the characterization of existing TI prototypes.

Famelab Competition Final

Third year Research Engineer, Calum Hill made it to the Scottish Finals of the Famelab competition. 

Calum Writes :- 

Famelab is an international competition focused on science communication. It aims to encourage researchers to entertain and share their passion for science. You have 3 minutes to astound an audience by talking about a topic of your choice. I needed no further encouragement. 

CDT Summer School

The first Biennial CDT Summer School was attended by delagates from across the world. Invited speakers were:

STEM Ambassador Outreach - K'NEX Challenge

First Year Research Engineer Vladimirs Horjkovs has participated in a K'NEX challenge with some of his local primary schools as part of the STEM Ambassadors outreach programme.


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OPTIMA Networking

OPTIMA (the CDT based with the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde), and Research Engineers from our CDT will be meeting for a series of networking events. The first of these events took place in February.

Academic Manager, Dawn Beddard writes:

Annual Report 2015

The CDT in Applied Photonics Annual Report for 2015 has been published.