New Branch Committee Members

7 October 2011

Michael Hammond, Laura Thomas, Callum McAndrew and Maureen Willis have decided it is time for them to bow out and Dr Fei Chen and James Kneller were welcomed to the Branch Committee meeting on 5 October 2011.

New Branch Committee Members

Dr Chen studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where she developed her fascination with laser physics and received her MA. Her PhD topic was ‘Tunable Reflection DFB Lasers’ at the Université d’Angers, France. 

She then took up a post-doctoral researcher position at Dublin City University, Ireland, working on a project of developing photochemistry in microfuidic chips as a new resource-efficient synthesis and analysis tool.

In 2011 she joined the Department of Engineering Photonics at Cranfield University as a Research Fellow. Her work focuses on developing newly multi-wavelength tunable laser sources and geometries for gas spectroscopy and detection.

James Kneller becomes our new student representative. He is starting his 3rd year of an MSci physics course at Queen Mary (QMUL), and was previously one of the NEXUS reps for London and IOP ambassador to QMUL. 

He is also QMUL rep for the upcoming Conference for Astronomy and Physics Students (CAPS) Committee. He aims to help organise and promote more events that students will want to do. This includes IOP lectures, visits to research centres and conferences; as well to promote the Institute in general. Mr Kellner was a former treasurer of the QMUL physics society.