Professor Ralph P Tatam


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Professor Ralph P Tatam BSc (Hons), PhD, DSc, CSci, CPhys, CEng, FInstP, FSPIE was appointed to a personal Chair in Engineering Photonics in 1998. He graduated from Exeter University in 1981 (Physics and Chemistry) and was awarded a PhD in Physics (1986) for work on dynamic Rayleigh-Brillouin laser light scattering studies of liquids. He worked as a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Physics Laboratory at the University of Kent developing optical fibre sensors from 1985-1989. In 1989 he was appointed to a Lecturership in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield Institute of Technology (now Cranfield University) where he has established a research team, recognised at both national and international levels, investigating optical instrumentation and sensors applied to engineering and more recently biomedical measurement problems. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Optical Engineering, and is a member of the editorial board of Measurement Science and Technology, Optics and Lasers in Engineering and the Journal of Holography and Speckle. He is currently the Chair of the IoP Optical Group and represents the IoP on the Board of the European Optical Society (EOS). He has been on technical programme committees of numerous national and international conference committees and was the overall symposium chair for SPIE''s metrology conference in 2005 and 2007.

He has been a member of the EPSRC Peer review college since its inception and is an assessor, panel member and programme monitor for the TSB (formerly the DTI) Technology programme. He has published over 300 papers and won the National Measurement Awards Frontier Science and Measurement category in 2001 and 2004 for his work on planar Doppler velocimetry and nanostructured films on optical fibres, respectively.

He was awarded a DSc by Exeter University and a Fellowship of the SPIE, the international society for optical engineering, in 2005.

Professor Ralph P Tatam is (or has formerly been) affiliated with Cranfield University and Department of Engineering Photonics, Cranfield University.

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