Fraunhofer UK research chair announced

The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the appointment of Professor Alan Kemp as the first Fraunhofer UK/RAEng research chair at the University of Strathclyde.

Professor Kemp’s work will contribute to keeping the UK at the forefront of the global race for innovation in photonics, a technology related to the transmission and manipulation of light such as lasers and fibre optic cables. Photonics is a sector currently worth an annual £10bn in the UK and £250bn globally.

The appointment of Professor Kemp is the first research chair funded in the country by Fraunhofer UK, a branch of the biggest applied R&D organisation in Europe. It is jointly funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, which currently supports over 30 research chairs with industry and more than 100 enterprise and research fellowships, to enable and encourage technology transfers and excellence in research.