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Prof Michael Wale
Room 1119, Roberts Building
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Torrington Place
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  • Professor of Integrated Photonics
  • Dept of Electronic & Electrical Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Michael (Mike) Wale is Professor of Integrated Photonics at University College London.  He is also Full Professor Emeritus at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, and Honorary Professor of Photonic Communications at the University of Nottingham, UK.  He joined Eindhoven as Professor of Photonic Integration – Industrial Aspects in November 2011, a part-time position running in parallel with his work in industry, and UCL as a full staff member in May 2019.   His experience encompasses many different aspects of research, development and manufacturing of photonic devices and systems, with emphasis on photonic integrated circuit technology and its applications.

Mike received his B.A., M.A. and D. Phil. degrees in physics from the University of Oxford, where he worked on the development of spectroscopic instrumentation for investigation of the stratosphere by remote sensing from satellites.    He then moved into industry, where he was based for more than 35 years, most recently as Director Active Products Research at Oclaro (now Lumentum), a major supplier of photonic components for the global optical communications market, based at Caswell, UK.

Professor Wale is a member of the Executive Board of the European Technology Platform, Photonics21, and chair of its Core Photonics Working Group.  He is accordingly a member of Photonics PPP Partnership Board and Board of the Photonics PPP Association, which acts as the ‘private’ side of the Photonics Public-Private Partnership with the European Commission.

As one of the pioneers of the generic photonic IC foundry concept, Mike helped to create the Joint European Platform for Photonic Integration of Components and Circuits (JePPIX) and continues to serve on its steering committee.   Mike acts as an advisor to several UK university departments and research programmes and has served as a PhD examiner for numerous candidates in The Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland, as well as the UK.  He author or co-author of more than 250 scientific and technical papers and is named as an inventor on nine published patent applications.   He is a Member of Optica and IEEE.

Research Summary
Mike’s research interests include photonic devices, photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology, electronic-photonic integration and co-design, and applications of photonics in diverse fields including high-capacity communications, data networks, RF/microwave systems and sensors.   He is presently co-investigator on the following EPSRC projects: QUantum Dot On Silicon systems for communications, information processing and sensing (QUDOS: EP/T028475/1), Future Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Hub (EP/P006973/1) and C-band quantum-dot lasers on monolithically grown Si platform (EP/V029681/1).

Teaching Summary
Professor Wale teaches the Characterisation part of ELEC0031, “Nanoscale Processing and Characterisation for Advanced Devices”, a course that is available to 3rd year and 4th year undergraduates as well as MSc students.  He also supervises undergraduate student projects in the areas of photonic systems and integrated photonic devices.   Recent projects have included instrument design for atmospheric remote sensing, wearable photonic devices for health monitoring, and innovative photonic device design.   He is a supervisor for MRes, MSc and PhD students in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems and the EPSRC CDT in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing.

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