Oct. 2013 - Present: Professor of Optical Communications, Head of Northumbria Communications Research Laboratory and Optical Communications Research Group, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

  2012 - Oct. 2013: Professor of Optical Communications, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, and Head of Northumbria Communications Research Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

  2005 - 2012: Professor of Optical Communications, Associate Dean for Research, and Head of Northumbria Communications Research Laboratory, School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

  2004 -  2005: Professor of Optical Communications, Associate Dean for Research, School of Eng. & Technology, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

  1997 - 2004:  Professor of Optical Communications, and Head of Electronics Research Group (since 2002) Sheffield Hallam University, UK

  1995- 1997: Reader in Communications Engineering, and Communication Eng. & Digital Signal Processing Group Leader, School of Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

  1991 - 1995: Principal Lecturer & Subject Group Leader, School of Engineering Information Technology, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

  1989 - 1991: Senior Lecturer, Sheffield City Polytechnic, UK

  1988 - 1989: Lecturer II, Sheffield City Polytechnic, UK

  1987 - 1988 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The City University, London, UK

  1985 - 1987: Research Assistant, UMIST, UK

  1984 -1985: Part-time Teacher, North Trafford College and Salford College of Technology,  Manchester, UK

  1982 - 1983: Electronic Engineer, The Guardian Alarm, Manchester, UK

  1981-1982: System Engineer, Dobeer Ltd, Manchester, UK


2013- Present: Professor of Optical Communications and Head of NCRLab and OCRG:  Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

I am a professor in Optical Communication leading the Northumbria Communications Research Laboratories and Optical Communications Research Group composed of 11 academics, 5 visiting professor and over 20 PhD students.


   Head of Northumbria Communications Research Laboratories
   Head of Optical Communications Research Group
   Chair of the Faculty REF2014 Submission Committee
   Member of the University Research and Innovation Committee
   University Graduate School Committee
   University Research Enhancement Framework (REF) Committee
   Enterprise Committee


Northumbria University (NU) and Sheffield Hallam University (SHU)

    - Chair of the School RAE 2008 Submission Committee, NU

   - Chair of the Faculty Research Committee and Faculty Research Management Group

    - Chair of the School Faculty Research Committee and School Research Management Group, NU

    - Professorial Committee, SHU
    - School Research Committee, SHU and NU
    - Subject Leader Communication Engineering and Digital Signal Processing, SHU
    - Served on a number of course planning and course validation committees: postgraduate and undergraduate. SHU and NU
    - Communication Engineering Subject Assessment Board (Chair), SHU
    - Electronics Research Group, Sensor Technology Research Group, SHU
    - School Admission Group, SHU
    - Head of Optical Communications Research Group, SHU, and NU
    - Postgraduate (research) Admission Tutor for Electrical & Electronics Engineering, SHU
    - Final year degree Project Officer, SHU

Previous Posts

   1987- 88 - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow The City University London, UK

This work involves both mathematical modelling, design and development of optical fibre based sensor for temperature measurement. I designed and developed transmission and reflection type sensors using plastics fibres and using ruby crystal to measure temperature up to 300o C. This work lead to development of finite element mathematical modelling of a 3x3x3mm ruby crystal when heated on two sides by high power laser via multimode plastic fibres to predicate the temperature distribution within the crystal. See publications in 1988 and 1990.  

My research interest in sensor continued to grow when moved to Sheffield Hallam university. I was involved in a number of projects funded by the EPSRC, Department of Trade and Industry and European Union, such as: (i) CO2 gas detection and water pollution detection using all-optical sensor techniques based on Mach-zhender interferometer. My contribution was on signal detection, transmission and signal processing.  (ii) corrosion detection in concrete using long period fibre grating sensors.  This involved mathematical modelling, fabrication and testing of long period fibre grating, See publication list for outputs.

   1985-1987 - Research Assistance - University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK

I was helping out academic staff with laboratories and tutorials. I was also involved with a number small projects and helping out undergraduate final year projects and MSc dissertation. This was very rewarding and helped me to engage with students at various levels.

 1984-1985 - Part-time Teacher, North Trafford College and Salford College of Technology, Manchester, UK

While doing my postgraduate studies I was doing part time work teaching electronics to technology based courses at local colleges.

   1981-1983 -  Systems Engineer, Manchester, UK

 Involved on a number of project including alarm systems, audio amplifiers for older people with hearing problems, involving design, test and measurement, and production




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