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PhD, MSc Electrical and Computer Engineering, MSci Physics with Photonics (First Class).  

Since joining Potter Clarkson, Stephen has had a particular focus on electronic circuits and wireless communications.  He has also worked for clients in the fields of medical devices, fuel cells, solar energy and software. Stephen’s industrial background and academic experience make him an expert in lasers and photonics. 

Stephen obtained a first class MSci in Physics with Photonics at the University of St Andrews, winning several awards and prizes including most outstanding student in his final two years. After the award of The Bobby Jones Fellowship, Stephen spent a year studying for a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA. He subsequently returned to St Andrews to complete a PhD entitled “Photonic Crystals as Functional Mirrors for Semiconductor Lasers”. 

After graduating from his PhD, Stephen spent over eight years in industry working for three separate companies researching military lasers, industrial lasers and medical devices. He has gained an extensive working knowledge of laser and optical based technology in industry and is a named inventor on several patents. 

Stephen joined Potter Clarkson in January 2017 and works in the Electronics and Computing team.  

Outside work, Stephen enjoys spending time with his young family and escaping for a few holes of golf when possible.  He also enjoys playing guitar, developing mobile games and tinkering with electronic gadgetry.