Robert G.W. Brown - Brief Curriculum Vitae#


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Dr Robert G W Brown FIEE, FInstP, MAE

Dr Brown is currently a Professor in the Beckman Laser Institute: Departments of Medicine and Computer Science at University of California Irvine - and on the staff of Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center. Previously he was CTO at Ostendo Technologies, Carlsbad, California – a specialist display company.

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 - 10 years leading European opto-electronics research for the world’s third largest opto-electronics corporation. Each position involved multi-$M budget responsibilities. As a Principal Scientist in the UK Ministry of Defence’s ‘Royal Signals and Radar Establishment’ Dr Brown was responsible for inventing new electronic correlator, APD photodetector, 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 over 110 peer-reviewed research papers.

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 the UK. Dr Brown is a lifetime Special Professor at the University of Nottingham in the UK - and an elected member of the European Academy of the Sciences and Arts (Academia Europaea). He is also a Fellow of the UK’s IEE and IoP – and a Fellow of the EE Department at the University of Bristol.

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 Optoelectronics’. 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, and continues to serve on NASA’s Microgravity Experimental Advisory Board and the UK Home Office (Homeland Security Dep’t equivalent) Science and Technology Reference Committee.

Dr Brown has extensive business experience in China, Japan, Russia and South Korea as well as in the USA and EU. He has over twenty years of experience strategically selecting and developing novel technologies for investment to transition them to successful new products and businesses.
January 2010
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