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Research Chair position for Professor Corin Gawith extended for additional 5 years

Published: 15 May 2023

The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) has extended Professor Corin Gawith's position as Research Chair for an additional five years. Corin is the co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO) of Covesion, a University of Southampton spin-out company.

For over 35 years, the RAEng has appointed Research Chairs to foster stronger connections between academia and industry by supporting exceptional UK-based academics in conducting use-inspired research that aligns with the needs of their industrial partners. Corin's research primarily centers around the development of manufacturing processes for nonlinear optical materials, which are used in wavelength conversion. This innovative photonics technology enables lasers to change wavelengths, leading to novel applications in quantum technologies, defense, sensing, and laser displays. Corin's research embodies the success of academic-industrial collaborations, receiving funding from various sources, including Innovate UK, EPSRC, DSTL, Eurostars, the European Commission, the UK Space Agency, the British Council, the Newton Fund, and direct industrial contracts.

As a result, in 2018, Corin was awarded the Covesion/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Nonlinear Optical Materials by Ultra-Precision Machining which has now been extended for an additional five years. With this extension, Corin will continue to work at the intersection of academia and industry, building on his track record of 20 Innovate UK projects in collaboration with leading photonics companies, his contributions to three EPSRC Quantum Technology Hubs, and numerous knowledge transfer and enterprise activities.

Upon receiving the news, Corin said: "I am thrilled that the Royal Academy of Engineering has recognised the success of our collaboration with Covesion in this way. It is a privilege to be able to take research ideas all the way from concept through to product and I am grateful to all of my colleagues for their enthusiasm and support."

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