Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership (Highly Commended 2014)

Professor Michael Withford, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Professor Michael Withford was awarded a PhD from Macquarie University in 1995 for his investigations developing high power metal vapour lasers. His current research explores femtosecond laser modification of transparent materials, and the development of novel 2D and 3D lightwave devices. Outcomes include fibre Bragg gratings, monolithic waveguide lasers, high power fibre lasers, quantum photonics and interferometric chips for astronomy. His awards include two Fellowships funded by the Australian Research Council. He holds 2 patents and has published over 100 refereed journal papers and several hundred conference papers. Dr. Withford is currently the Director for the MQ Photonics Research Centre.

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