Oct. 2016 – present — Postdoctoral Research Associate, The University of Cambridge, UK
- Named researcher on CRUK Multidisciplinary Project Award entitled “Multidimensional Molecular Imaging for Early Cancer Diagnosis” to develop and test holographic optical fibre endoscope.
- Collaboration between Engineering, Physics, CRUK Cambridge Institute and MRC Cancer Unit.
- Spun out from project I initiated as a Research Fellow.
Oct. 2013 – Sep. 2016 — Henslow Research Fellow, The University of Cambridge, UK
- Selected from over a hundred applicants to be awarded a 3-year stipendiary fellowship at St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, funded by the Cambridge Philosophical Society.
- Self-directed and independent research programme on cutting-edge applications of holographic modal control of optical fibres.
Jun. 2013 – Sep. 2013 — Postdoctoral Research Associate, The University of Cambridge, UK
- Designed and conducted experiments in holographic modal control of multimode optical fibres for telecommunications applications.
Feb. 2009 – Sep. 2009 — Software Engineer, Taste Technologies Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand
- Developed commercial software to operate industrial fruit sorting equipment.
- Used C++ Visual Studio .NET and C extensively.
Nov. 2008 – Mar. 2009 — Research Assistant in Signal and Image Processing, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
- Conducted research on shape recognition algorithms and the effect of pixellation on Fourier analysis of shapes.
Jan. 2008 – Feb. 2008 — Research Assistant in Optical Fibre Communication Systems, The University of Sydney, Australia
- Worked in the Centre for Ultra-high Bandwidth Devices in Optical Systems (CUDOS).
- From my 8-week summer internship I produced a paper demonstrating a modified Mach-Zehnder Modulator as a novel ultra-high bit rate data transmitter.
2009 – 2013 — Ph.D. in Engineering, The University of Cambridge, UK.
- Ph.D. thesis, entitled, “Design of Indoor Communication Infrastructure for Ultra-high Capacity Next Generation Wireless Services”, looked at technologies for advanced distributed antenna systems that are set to enable next-generation wireless networks to provide the ultra-high speeds demanded by users.
- Supported by a full scholarship from the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust.
2005 – 2008 — Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
- Achieved first class honours with second highest overall grades from a class of 100
- Maurice Paykel Undergraduate Scholarship
Grants and Prizes
Apr. 2017 — Pioneer Award, Cancer Research UK
- Principal Investigator of £175,800 grant (“Shedding light on cancer using nanoplasmonic metapixels”) to develop nanostructured plasmonic metasurfaces as optical filters for multimodal cancer imaging.
- Includes a post-doc for two years.
Feb. 2016 — Pump Prime Grant, Cambridge Cancer Centre Early Detection Programme
- Principal Investigator of £100,000 grant (“Low-cost wide-field holographic capsule endoscopy for early detection of oesophageal cancer”) to build a low-cost phase-imaging capsule endoscope for early detection of oesophageal cancer.
- Includes a post-doc for two years.
Sep. 2014 — Pump Prime Grant, Cambridge Cancer Centre
- Principal Investigator of £59,400 grant (“A Digital Holographic Endoscope for Early Cancer Detection”) to build a dual-polarisation holographic optical fibre endoscope.
- Led on to CRUK Multidisciplinary Project Award on which I am currently employed.
Mar. 2013 — SET for Britain Bronze Award, The UK Parliamentary and Scientific Committee
- Third place prize at the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) for Britain annual poster contest held at the House of Commons.
- Selected from 59 short-listed candidates from engineering departments across the UK.
- Awarded a cash prize of £1000 for poster entitled, “Mode-Division Multiplexing for Ultra-fast Optical Fibre Communication.”
Oct. 2009 — Rutherford Memorial Scholarship, Royal Society of New Zealand
- Awarded one of two prestigious scholarships, worth £80,000, to cover the full cost of undertaking a Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge.
Dec. 2009 — IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board GOLD Achievement Award, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- One of six recipients of this award, which I received for, “exceptional leadership and outstanding contributions to the development of the IEEE GOLDRush Newsletter” during my time as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE GOLDRush newsletter, a volunteer newsletter sent to 30,000 recent engineering graduates worldwide.
Aug. 2007 — Maurice Paykel Undergraduate Scholarship, The University of Auckland and Fisher & Paykel Appliances
- One of four recipients of this scholarship, worth £1000, awarded to New Zealand-based engineering students to assist them with their undergraduate studies.
- Selection criteria include, “academic merit, leadership qualities, communication skills, community involvement.”
Jun. 2010 – May 2011 — Middle Combination Room (MCR) President, Trinity College, The University of Cambridge, UK
- President of the College’s society for graduate students.
- Represented and organised events for over 400 graduate students and liaised with the University on their behalf.
- Lead a committee of 11 people.
- Key achievements: overhauled the constitution; introduced an online dinner booking system and an online voting system.
Jan. 2009 – Dec. 2009 — Editor in Chief of IEEE GOLDRush Newsletter, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- Responsible for writing, editing and producing an online newsletter distributed to 30,000 recent engineering graduates worldwide.
- Lead a committee of 15 people around the world via email and Skype.
- Key achievements: instituted a new online submission and peer-review system to cope with large numbers of submissions; moved the publication onto Facebook and Twitter to broaden reach.
Jan. 2007 – Dec. 2008 — Chair of the University of Auckland IEEE Student Branch, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
- Represented and organised events for the 220 student members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers at the University of Auckland.
- Lead a committee of 13 people.
- Key achievements: organised an interviews workshop involving 20 industry representatives and 70 students; increased branch membership by 40%; helped the branch to win two international IEEE awards.
Mar. 2010 – present — Supervisor/Tutor, Photonic Technology, The University of Cambridge, UK
- Run biweekly supervisions (tutorials in groups of two) for third-year undergraduate engineering students.
- Course covers optical fibres and photonic components including light emitting diodes, laser diodes, photodiodes and solar cells.
Oct. 2011 – present — Supervisor/Tutor, Electrical and Information Engineering, The University of Cambridge, UK
- Run weekly supervisions (tutorials in groups of two) for first-year undergraduate engineering students on a year-long introductory course.
- Course covers physical principles of electronics, electromagnetics, linear circuits and devices, AC power, digital circuits and information processing.
Feb. 2010 – Mar. 2012 — Laboratory Demonstrator, Semiconductor Engineering and Photonic Technology, The University of Cambridge, UK
- Assisted third-year undergraduate students to complete two laboratory exercises on Schottky diodes and semiconductor lasers.
- Marked lab reports, interviewed and graded students.
Feb. 2008 – Jun. 2008 — Teaching Assistant, Electronics, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
- Helped second-year undergraduate students to understand and construct electrical circuits involving operation amplifiers in a laboratory environment.
Outreach and Engagement
- Helped design physics demonstrations for public engagement.
- Explained principles of advanced imaging, from photoacoustic imaging to polarimetry, to a broad public audience, ranging from young children to the elderly.
- Volunteered on RAEng sponsored programme for high-achieving sixth-form students considering studying Engineering at Cambridge.
- Gave tours of cleanrooms, laboratories and explained latest research on advanced endoscopic imaging.