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.