Mr. Matthew T. Posner
Doctoral Candidate at
SPIE Involvement:
Education Committee | Future Leaders ad hoc Committee | Author
Area of Expertise:
Photonics Integrated Circuits , Photonics Technologies , Outreach Education , Public Engagement with Research
Profile Summary

Matthew is a doctoral candidate at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK. His research investigates the design and fabrication of photonics integrated circuits for applications in large scale quantum networks. He is trained in integrated waveguide design, cleanroom fabrication and laser materials processing methods for fabrication, and device characterisation and packaging. His project is supported by the EPSRC scholarship "Quantum Lightwave Circuits" and his doctoral work is carried out under the supervision of Prof. Peter G. R. Smith and Dr. James Gates.Matthew graduated with a First Class MEng Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Southampton in 2013, with the GD Turner Sims Award for 3rd highest mark in the cohort.

Matthew is actively involved in University of Southampton's Optics and Photonics Society, which is comprised of an SPIE, OSA and IEEE Photonics Society student chapters. He currently serves as chapter Student Mentor, having served as President and 2 terms as Outreach Officer, where he directed the chapter's Lightwave Roadshow, an outreach education and public engagement research programme. He is an active science communicator and had delivered a workshop for graduate students in student chapters on best practices for outreach delivery; this has been presented (in French and English) in 9 student chapters in research institutions in Canada and the USA, including Stanford University, University of Toronto and Polytechinque Montréal. He has received awards for these contributions, with most notable featuring the 2017 University of Southampton Student Union's Award for Best Contribution to a Society and the 2015 South East England Physics Network Public Engagement Innovation Award.


Matthew is fluent in English and French, and proficient in Spanish and Mandarin. He is a Student Member of the SPIE, IEEE Photonics Society, OSA and IOP. In his free time, Matthew cycles, climbs and goes mountaineering.
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