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Ultra Precision Conference 2017

Organised by the 2016/17 MRes cohort, this event provided an opportunity for industrialists and academic researchers to share their latest ideas and to explore future collaborative opportunities in the field of ultra precision engineering. It took place at Cranfield University on 27 April 2017.






Mr Andrew Cox: General Manager, Contour Fine Tooling Ltd.

Andrew has been with Contour Fine Tooling for 22 years and is now the General Manager.
Prior to that, he was the Head of Diamond Machining for British Aerospace (Precision Optical Engineering).
He started at British Aerospace as an Optical Physicist and transferred into Diamond Machining. His research while at British Aerospace was Hybrid Diffractive Optics for the Infra-red.
Since being at Contour Fine Tooling he has been involved with a number of research programs with many different universities, Cranfield, Heriot-Watt, Brunel, Strathclyde, Bremen and Hong Kong.

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Dr Peter Docker: Senior Mechanical Project Engineer at Diamond Light Source.

Dr Docker began his career in all things nano and micro in 2000 in the MEMS group at Birmingham University developing resonant pressure sensors within a collaborative framework with GE Druck. Micro-metre dimensioned structures built in silicon were maintained in resonance and changes in stiffness of supporting structures allow the device to express very accurately changes in pressure. After this time he was recruited by the Chemistry Department at Hull University to develop a system for ‘At scene of Crime’ DNA analysis. He developed the on-chip architecture, optics, data collection and power control for the electrophoresis. In his current role he is tasked with reviewing internationally, microfluidic approaches and how they can be developed to operate in the harsh environments of X-ray diffraction experiments.             


Mr Wolfram Meyer: Technical consultant at SIOS Germany.

Modern homodyne interferomer – highly precise, fast and effective

He has studied precision engineering with a focus on precision mechanics, optics, electronics and informatics at the university of applied science, Jena (Germany). He has worked in the field of metrology, develop gear and spline inspection systems. Wolfram has also worked with machine building developing volumetric compensation of machine tools with laser Interferometer. Furthermore, in R&D for drive technologies.


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Dr David Myles: Research Engineer at M-solv Ltd.

Dave Myles is currently working as a development engineer at M-Solv. He received his MPhys degree from the University of Warwick before completing an EngD in applied photonics with Heriot-Watt University. His doctoral project focused on the development of a high resolution, solid state laser mask imaging system at M-Solv, where he has continued to work on completion of his EngD.


Dr Michael de Podesta: Researcher at NPL.  

Michael graduated with a B.Sc. from Sussex University in 1981 and then in 1985 completed a D.Phil. in the electronic properties of metals at cryogenic temperatures. After postdoctoral work at Bristol University, he was appointed a lecturer at the University of London in 1987 and joined NPL in 2000. At NPL he leads the team which has made the most accurate temperature measurements ever, detailing the errors in all other thermometers on Earth. Michael is a chartered physicist, a member of the Institute of Physics and in 2009 he was awarded an MBE for Services to Science.



Prof Bill O'Neill: Professor of Laser Engineering at The University of Cambridge.

Bill is a Professor of Laser Engineering within the Cambridge University Engineering Department and Director of the Centre of Industrial Photonics. He has extensively researched and published on the subjects of laser-matter interactions, optical engineering, laser based manufacturing technologies, and micro/nano fabrication techniques. He is a member of the international advisory panel of the National Laser Centre of South Africa, a Director of the Laser Institute of America, and advises industry on a number of laser based manufacturing technologies.


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Dr Petros Stavroulakis: Research Fellow at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham.

Since March of 2015, he has been employed at the University of Nottingham as a research fellow in Additive Manufacturing (AM) metrology. He is focusing on researching and developing the next generation of 3D optical inspection equipment which will employ the concept of Information Rich Metrology (IRM) to break the physical performance barriers of traditional diffraction-limited optical measurement equipment and provide the AM industry with the tools necessary to accomplish tight quality control of 3D printed parts.            


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Prof Tim Wilkinson: Professor of Photonic Engineering at The University of Cambridge.

Tim Wilkinson is the Professor of Photonic Engineering at the University of Cambridge, he is also a Fellow of Jesus College. He has had a long-term research interest in the applications of liquid crystal (LC) devices, holograms, nanophotonics and related applications. One breakthrough made by his group recently was in algorithms which lead to the commercialisation of holographic projectors. The use of holograms has also been used for telecoms to demonstrate modal control and full mode characterisation in multimode fibres. Core to his research has been liquid crystal device fabrication and the search for the optimal materials for different applications. His research has pioneered hybrid LC/CNT (carbon nanotube) technology including design and fabrication of plasmonic optical filters, waveguides, resonators and super-resolution lenses. More recently his group has been working on the next generation of optical phase modulators for holographic application and how effects such as plasmonic resonance in metallic nanorods can be incorporated into new pixel designs. We have also demonstrated that these structures can be made reconfigurable using LC materials. Most recently new devices and electro-optics have been demonstrated using graphene and LC/graphene materials.




Physik Instrumente




Armstrong Optical

Bronkhorst UK Ltd

Physik Instrumente Ltd


SIOS Messtechnik




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