Since 2008 my job title has been Principal Consultant Engineer at Thales UK, where I am recognised as a "Thales Expert" in laser technology. We specialise in the design and manufacture of rugged, compact, low cost lasers for the defence market. My role covers technology R&D from original concept, through new product design and introduction, to product support in manufacturing and with the customer. I am also responsible for the production and maintenance of the Thales UK Lasers Technology Roadmap.
Prior to my time with Thales I worked for Coherent Inc from 2002-08 as a senior laser design engineer, in the field of ultrafast, diode-pumped all-solid-state laser design for commercial and scientific markets.
In 2001 I worked for Sigtronics, a small start-up company in the field of PCB manufacturing. I led a small team researching next-generation technologies for fast prototyping of high-density PCBs, including the construction of a laser machining station to perform drilling and patterning operations.
From 1996-2000 I completed a PhD and a one year post-doctoral researcher contract at the University of Strathclyde Physics department. The subject of this research was mode-locking of diode-pumped, all-solid-state lasers, with an emphasis on semiconductor saturable absorber mirror mode-locking.