MPhys, PhD (Cantab)
Associate Professor of Engineering Science , Ana Leaf Foundation Fellow in Engineering Science

Academic Background

Stephen obtained a Masters in Physics degree from the University of Southampton, specialising in Space Science, and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. His PhD topic was on the development of liquid crystals for linear and nonlinear photonics applications including displays and laser devices. Following his PhD, he was appointed as the Programme Manager & Research Associate of the COSMOS Basic Technology Research Grant at the University of Cambridge. This was a large multi-disciplinary project set-up to develop new organic laser devices. Stephen was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to conduct research on random laser devices at the University of Cambridge (2011-2016).

For his research on liquid crystalline materials, he was the recipient of the Young Scientist award by the British Liquid Crystal Society in 2010 and in 2012 he received the Runner-up prize of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s ERA Foundation Entrepreneur’s award in conjunction with two former colleagues at Cambridge (Dr Damian Gardiner and Dr Philip Hands). In 2014 he received the Ben Sturgeon Prize of the Society for Information Displays.

Undergraduate Teaching

College: Mathematics and Electrical Engineering (tutorials for Years 1 and 2)

Department: B13 Communications (Year 3 course). C14 Applied Optics (4th Year course). 2nd Year Laboratory on Electrical Machines. 3rd Year Design Project on ‘Ultrafast laser system for the fabrication of nanotechnology’. 4th Year Projects on Optoelectronic Devices.

Graduate Teaching

Director of the new part-time MSc in Microelectronics, Optoelectronics, and Communications.

Supervision of MSc and DPhil students.

Academic Director of the Professional Development Programme run by the Department for Continuing Education.

Research Interests

I am interested in the development of optoelectronic devices and banotechnology based upon organic and inorganic media. This includes display devices, lasers, photovoltaics, transistors, phase modulators, and smart materials.

Other Roles

Academic Director for the Electronics, Telecoms and Engineering Professional Development programme at the Department for Continuing Education.


Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College: Engineering (including all branches)

See also Department of Engineering Science website.