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Alex was a CASE PhD student (2015 – 2019) at Optoelectronics Research Centre and was supported by Parker Aerospace with supervision from Peter G. R. Smith, Christopher Holmes and Lewis J. Boyd (Parker Aerospace). He holds a first class masters of physics with experimental research degree from Southampton and is a chief laserist for the Light Express and the outreach team leader for the Southampton Accelerate! show.
His research was on developing scalable harsh environment optical pressure sensors for use in aerospace. His work covers integrated circuits, modified chemical vapour deposition, microfabrication, laser processing, etching, environment testing, device development, Bragg gratings, planar lightwave circuits, fiber optics and device packaging.
Alex has received numerous recognitions throughout his PhD being the first winner of the Sir David Payne Student Scholar award in 2015, won the first place prize at the Optics Outreach Games in San Diego, won first place at the second year PhD talks in 2017, came runner up and people’s choice in the faculty final of 3 MT in 2017 as well as winning the Best Communicator award at the science and engineering festival 2016.
His hobbies include, DIY on automotive vehicles and home improvements, running, computer games, learning new languages ( Hallo! Ich lerne gerade Deutsch), travelling and doing home experiments.
Alex (presenting second) can be seen with his colleague Callum Stirling(presenting first) in this video from activity that won the first place prize at the Optics Outreach Games: https://www.facebook.com/SPIE.Students/videos/229201784409615/
Today Alex works for a
University of Southampton spin out company, Lumenisity, as a production
engineer making next generation optical fibres.