Daniel Francis graduated in 2001 from the University of Sussex with a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics and followed that two years later with an MSc with distinction in Applied and Modern Optics from Reading University. His MSc thesis work investigated the influence of polarization on laser speckle patterns and was carried at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington. After spending a year working at Reading University helping to convert the MSc in optics to a distance learning course he joined Cranfield University to pursue a PhD in speckle interferometry. His PhD project involved the development of shearography instrumentation to make full-field surface strain measurements of dynamic objects which won the 2008 School of Engineering prize for best PhD. After completing his doctorate he was employed in the Engineering Photonics Group continuing research on shearography. Following his successful viva in 2008 he took a year out to travel in Asia visiting Nepal, Laos and Japan amongst other countries. On his return to Europe in 2009 he completed an internship at Delft Technical University in the Netherlands working on a review paper on shearography. In 2010 he rejoined the Department of Engineering Photonics and is currently employed on an EPSRC project developing speckle velocimetry odometry instrumentation for autonomous vehicles.
Dr Dan Francis is (or has formerly been) affiliated with Cranfield University and Department of Engineering Photonics, Cranfield University.