Dr. Matthew T. Posner
Research Fellow at
SPIE Involvement:
Education Committee | Student and Early Career Professionals ad hoc Committee | Author | Instructor
Area of Expertise:
Photonics Integrated Circuits , Photonics Technologies , Outreach Education , Public Engagement with Research
Profile Summary

Matthew is a Research Fellow at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK. His research investigates the design and fabrication of planar Bragg gratings for applications in quantum science and sensing applications.

Matthew completed his Ph.D. in 2017. His doctoral research was in the development 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. Previously, he 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

Matthew is an active science communicator and passionate about “getting the science out of the lab”. He has contributed to raising close to £40,000 for outreach education and public engagement activities. He has received awards for his endeavours, 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 has been actively involved in the University of Southampton’s Optics and Photonics Society, which is comprised of an SPIE, OSA and IEEE Photonics Society student chapters. He served as chapter Student Mentor, President and 2 terms as Outreach Officer, where he directed the chapter’s Lightwave Roadshow, an outreach education and public engagement research programme.

Matthew is fluent in English and French, and proficient in Spanish and Mandarin. He is an early-career member of the SPIE, IEEE Photonics Society, OSA and IOP. In his free time, Matthew cycles, climbs and goes mountaineering.
Publications (7)

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 16, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10452, 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017
KEYWORDS: Internet, Fiber optics, Refraction, Telecommunications, Optical communications, Geometrical optics, Optics education, Outreach programs, Fiber optic communications

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 16, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10452, 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017
KEYWORDS: Physics, Telecommunications, Photonics, Optics education, Physical sciences, Outreach programs, Particle physics

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 27, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9946, Optics Education and Outreach IV
KEYWORDS: Optical fibers, Mirrors, Light emitting diodes, Waveguides, Fourier transforms, Photonics, Laser safety, Outreach programs, Scanning transmission electron microscopy, Diffraction gratings

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 27, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9946, Optics Education and Outreach IV
KEYWORDS: Optical fibers, Fiber optics, Manufacturing, Physics, Telecommunications, Photonics, Fiber optic communications, Scanning transmission electron microscopy, Web 2.0 technologies, Diffraction gratings

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 27, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9946, Optics Education and Outreach IV
KEYWORDS: Gold, Light emitting diodes, Laser therapeutics, Video, Physics, Optoelectronics, Photonics, Outreach programs, Scanning transmission electron microscopy, Lead

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | October 8, 2015
Proc. SPIE. 9793, Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2015
KEYWORDS: Optical fibers, Mirrors, Light emitting diodes, Physics, Telecommunications, Photonics, Optics manufacturing, Scanning transmission electron microscopy, Web 2.0 technologies, Visibility

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WS1248:
It is common for industry professionals, faculty, and graduate students to conduct outreach to K-12 schools and in informal locations such as fairs, science centers, or open houses. But what are the most effective ways to engage participants in activities and how should the information be presented? As part of this workshop, participants will learn how to most effectively present activities in optics and photonics that will maximize engagement while taking into account the audience and the location. They will also learn how to train others using the skills learned in this workshop.
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