4 December 2020
Vector Photonics appoints development engineer
Vector Photonics Ltd has appointed Dr Calum Hill as development engineer, based at its Glasgow office.
Hill has laser system design and development expertise, with a track record of innovative product design and new product introduction (NPI). He will assist Dr Richard Taylor and the technical team in taking its photonic-crystal surface-emitting laser (PCSEL)-based semiconductor laser technology into prototype and full production for datacoms customers.
Hill comes from Laser Quantum, where he introduced laser technology to the company and steered laser product development. As well as taking new laser systems to market, he also established an entirely new supply chain for the business. Prior to that, Hill was at U2t Photonics UK, where he designed and characteried complex, gallium arsenide/aluminium gallium arsenide (GaAs/AlGaAs) waveguides for high-speed optical modulators using Python modelling software.
Hill has an MPhys in Physics from the University of St Andrews and an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics at Heriot-Watt University, where he developed environmentally stable, near-infrared mode-locked fiber lasers for radar and LiDAR applications, in collaboration with Thales UK.
Hill was a UK Finalist in the Three Minute Thesis competition, Scottish Finalist in Famelab, and was Space School ambassador for Careers Scotland, traveling to NASA to represent young, gifted and talented Scottish engineers.