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    Plenary Presenters

    The best and the brightest share their insights into quantum technology, photodetectors, and cubesats. Hear latest advances from the 2020 Joint Plenary Presenters at this co-located meeting.


    2020 Presenters:

    Craig Clark

    Craig Clark

    AAC Clyde Space
    (United Kingdom)

    Craig has a BEng in Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Satellite Engineering from the University of Surrey.

    After 11 years at a major space company in SE England, Craig returned to Glasgow and founded Clyde Space Ltd. Clyde Space launched Scotland's first satellite in 2014 and has established itself as one of the most successful suppliers of small satellites in the world.

    In January 2018, Clyde Space merged with Swedish listed company AAC Microtec, and the combined company continues to grow and develop cutting-edge products for the small satellite market, in particular in the area of tiny satellites called 'CubeSats'.

    In June 2013, Craig was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday Honours list for his services to Innovation and Technology and, in 2017, the company won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation Category.


    Miles Padgett

    Miles Padgett

    SPIE Fellow
    Univ. of Glasgow and QuantIC (United Kingdom)

    Miles Padgett holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow where he is also Lead Scientist in QuantIC, one of the four UK National Quantum Technology Hubs. He is fascinated by light both classical and quantum - specifically light's momentum and imaging techniques.

    In 2001 he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh  and in 2014 the Royal Society, the UK's National Academy. In 2009, with Les Allen, he won the Young Medal from the Institute of Physics, in 2014 the Kelvin Medal from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, in 2015 the Science of Light Prize from the European Physical Society, in 2017 the Max Born Award of the Optical Society (OSA) and in 2019 the Rumford Medal of the Royal Society.


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