TEAM

Sarah-Jane Bridger

Sarah-Jane Bridger is the Project Administrator for the Cornerstone team. She has previously worked for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Hampshire Constabulary and the University of Bath. Sarah received a BA in Fashion Journalism in 2013. Outside of work Sarah enjoys travelling, live music and being outdoors.

Professor Marc Sorel

Marc Sorel graduated cum laude in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and received his Ph.D. degree from Università di Pavia in 1999. He later joined the Optoelectronics Research Group at the University of Glasgow with a personal Marie-Curie fellowship for research on integrated optical gyroscopes. He was appointed Lecturer in 2002, Senior Lecturer in 2008 and Professor in 2015.

Marc has been active in research related to integrated photonic devices and optoelectronics for over 20 years, supported by EPSRC, EU, InnovateUK and DSTL, and has published over 300 journal papers and conference proceedings. He has been instrumental in the development of photonic nanofabrication activities in the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (JWNC) at Glasgow University, creating capabilities in both III-V and silicon materials processing. He is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences and serves on several conference committees.

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Dr Mehdi Banakar

Dr Mehdi Banakar’s role in the CORNERSTONE team is a Senior R&D manager. Mehdi received his bachelor’s degree in 2005 and a Master’s degree with distinction from The University of Southampton in 2008. His PhD at The University of Southampton was in “Sub-micron texturing for photovoltaic antireflection and light-trapping”. He has explored 3 novel anti-reflection schemes based on sub-micron scale texturing of silicon and received his degree in 2015. He has a strong background in semiconductor devices, extensive experience with micro/nanofabrication processes. Mehdi joined The Silicon Photonic Group at The University of Southampton in July 2015 to explore optical modulation/detection and integration.

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Dr Xingzhao Yan

Xingzhao Yan received his B.Eng. in Telecommunication Engineering from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex and M.Sc. in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology from the School of Electronics and Computer Sciences, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, University of Southampton. From 2013 to 2017, he was working towards to his PhD in rare-earth-doped solid-state nanowire waveguide lasers with intensive cleanroom working experience. He joined the CORNERSTONE team in July 2017.

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Dr Ying Tran

Ying received an MSc in Chemistry with Industrial Experience from the University of Bristol and went on to work for Plasma Quest Ltd (PQL). A collaboration between PQL and University of Exeter gave Ying the opportunity to complete her PhD in 2013. Her time at PQL focussed on process development of thin film materials, in particular magnetic materials for memory applications, using High Target Utilisation Sputtering, a proprietary method from PQL. Ying has also worked in various organisations in the areas of polymeric coating materials and microfluidics fabrication. She joined the CORNERSTONE team in September 2017 to further advance her microfabrication skills.

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