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Brian Culshaw

Prof. Brian  Culshaw

University of Strathclyde

Center for Microsystems and Photonics

204 George Street
Glasgow  G1 1XW
United Kingdom

tel: 44 1505 610 349
fax: 44 141 553 1955
E-mail: brian.culshaw@strath.ac.uk

Area of Expertise

Photonic devices and systems; Fibre optic sensing technologies and applications; smart structures; environmental monitoring; technology transfer; Photonics opportunities


Brian Culshaw graduated from University College London with a BSc in Physics and thereafter a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, specialising in microwave semiconductors, completed in 1969. He spent 1970 in the US as a post-doc at Cornell, joining the staff of the then Bell Northern Research immediately afterwards and evolving into microwave system design, especially for long haul transmission.

He returned to UCL as a post doc after three years in Ottawa joining the academic staff at UCL in 1975 thereafter developing an interest in fibre optics for sensing and measurement. With many co-workers, he produced some basic results in the use of phase modulation in sensors and the interferometric architectures to demodulate them. A sabbatical year with John Shaw at Stanford in 1982 gave an opportunity to contribute to basic research in fibre gyros. These interests in fibre sensing evolved into applications in ultrasonics, NDE, smart structures, advanced materials technologies, environmental sensing and MEMS. He has founded or co founded three small companies, of which two survive!

He moved to Strathclyde University in Glasgow in 1983 as professor of optoelectronics, and since then has also become involved in a number of professional activities including multi partner national and international research project management, conference organisation and journal editing. His work with professional societies includes serving as President of SPIE during 2007.

At Strathclyde, he served six years as vice Dean (Engineering) in the UK's largest Engineering Faculty and has completed a five year term as Head of Department. He is currently professor emeritus at Strathclyde.

Lecture Title(s)

Fiber Optics in Sensing and Measurement

Smart Structures - principles and potential

Photonics from Lab to Reality - challenges and opportunities

Photonics - what is it and where might it lead?

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