Photonics and optoelectronic graduates
We had eight students graduate in the November 2015 ceremony at St Andrews.
Angelos is now working at M-Squared Lasers.
Christoph is employed as an Optical Engineer by STMicroelectronics, where he had worked on his MSc project.
Shivani got a placement at Selex during her studies and now has a position in a different role at the same company.
"The company summer placement project is something quite unique provided by this course and allows a taste of industrial experience to those who choose to work at a company. This was invaluable experience when deciding whether or not an engineering job was something I'd wish to consider in the future. Furthermore, it was interesting to be exposed to the research from two institutions renowned for their work done in the area of photonics." – Shivani
Dougie has started a PhD at the University of Durham in the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation for Astronomy.
Kim has started a PhD in Physics at Heriot-Watt University with the aim of developing new high-energy amplifiers for ultrafast laser pulses. This research project is within the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based production processes where she will be working with industry partner Rofin-Sinar UK.
"Doing the MSc in Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices was the best choice I could have made. It is challenging and intensive, but most enjoyable and organised by two excellent universities, St Andrews and Heriot-Watt, both well-reputed in this research field and both maintaining a strong connection to industry. I personally worked in Selex ES for my final project which was a valuable experience. I would highly recommend this MSc program to everyone who is interested in photonics and would like to gain an insight into the photonics industry." – Kim
Mihail has joined the Sandoghdar division at the Max Planck Institute for the science of light in Erlangen, Germany, to continue his studies.
"I conducted my research project at Heriot-Watt University under the supervision of Professor Daniele Faccio. The project was investigating the ability to image light-in-flight propagating through an optical crystal fibre using state-of-the-art single photon avalanche photo-diode arrays. The project was equally divided between experimental and theoretical work. The POED MSc combined with my previous BSc degree in Mathematical Physics had a big influence on my future career and led to the decision of conducting doctoral research incorporating both theoretical and experimental aspects." – Mihail
Out of the ten students on the 2013 programme, four of our graduates were hired by the company where they worked on their MSc summer project, one was hired by a Scottish lasers company, and five started or were in the process of applying for PhD studies.
Our 2013 graduates have gone on to work or continue their education with:
- M-Squared Lasers – Stuart is now working on the production and support of a high specification single-frequency, frequency-scannable, cw Ti:sapphire laser.
- Two of our students now work with STMicroelectronics.
- Silixa – Liam is working on fibre sensors.
- Polytec – Oscar is working on optical measurement systems for underwater robotics at this company based in the Norwegian fjords.
- The Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Systems Development – Jennifer is studying for her MRes at University College London, which she will follow with PhD research at Cambridge.
- PhD at the University of St Andrews.
Calum Brown — five years after graduating in 2011
After completing the MSc, I spent two and half years working for a laser manufacturer, where my role was to build, test, ship and install the company’s principal laser system throughout the world. I was able to apply the knowledge and understanding gained throughout the MSc to an exciting and high-tech environment, practically and theoretically.
Since then, I have spent the last two years working for a surgical devices company in ophthalmology, testing, installing and providing technical support for surgeons and theatre staff in hospitals throughout Scotland. The MSc has been particularly helpful when working with the surgical refractive systems, where lasers are used to cut flaps in the cornea and reshape the cornea during corrective procedures.
The course in Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices was superb. As well as the chance to study at two world-leading universities, it has given me exciting, interesting and varied opportunities so far in my career.