BiographyDr Robert G W Brown FIEE, FInstP, MAE.
Dr Brown currently leads technically the nano-plasmonic research activities at Rockwell Collins’ Advanced Technology Center. He is a naturalized US Citizen.
He is an Adjunct Full Professor at The University of California, Irvine - in the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic - and Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science, also at UC Irvine. Previously he was CTO at Ostendo Technologies, Carlsbad, California – a specialist display company.
Dr Brown is an elected member of the European Academy of the Sciences and Arts (Academia Europaea) and a Special Professor at the University of Nottingham in the UK.
He served for various years as (1) Professor & Director of Nanotechnology for Northern Ireland, based at Queens University Belfast, (2) an Executive Director of the UK Institute of Physics, and (3) Head of Opto-electronics Research and Development for Sharp Laboratories of Europe in Oxford, UK.
As a Principal Scientist in the UK Ministry of Defence’s ‘Royal Radar Establishment’ in Malvern, England - Dr Brown was responsible for inventing new detector, electronic correlator, APD photo-detector, laser-diode, liquid-crystal display and optical-fiber technologies that have since been developed into successful products for experiments involving jet-engines, macro-molecules, US submarines, and aboard the Space Shuttle three times. He holds 22 Patents and has published ~ 123 peer-reviewed research papers in Journals.
Dr Brown won the UK MoD Prize for ‘Outstanding Technology Transfer’ and a Sharp Corporation (Japan) Prize for novel laser-diode invention. His UK Institute of Physics team collected a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2000.
Dr Brown is Editor-in-Chief of the ‘Handbook of Optoelectronics’ published in May 2006 by CRC Press. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the CRC Press Book Series in ‘Optics and Opto-electronics’. He has been co-Chairman of the International Photon Correlation Conference four times - and Editor of subsequent related special-issues of Applied Optics. He has served as a Consultant to many companies and government research centers in the USA and UK, most notably on NASA’s Microgravity Experimental Advisory Board and on the UK Home Office (Homeland Security Dep’t equivalent) Science and Technology Reference Committee.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Optoelectronics, Photonics, Photon Correlation, Nano-Plasmonics