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Kate Sugden, MIET CPhys

Professor, Professor

    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    1993 …2020

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    General

    I joined Aston University in 2004 as a Medici Fellow having spent seven years in industry and became a Senior Lecturer in 2008 and a Reader in 2014. In 2018 I moved to the School of Engineering and Applied Science as Deputy Dean for Enterprise and International.

    My main research interests are in fibre optic sensing systems, fibre Bragg gratings and femtosecond materials processing.

    After my PhD and two years working as a research fellow I worked for ADC in Australia for a year transferring fibre Bragg grating technology into a production environment. When I returned to the UK I worked as a director for two fibre optic companies, first for Oxford Fiber Optic Tools, and then Indigo Photonics. 

    My teaching interests lie in the development of courses that holistically develop a broad range of engineering skills. At the moment my teaching activities revolve primarily around work and study placements. 

    Research Interests

    • Fibre Bragg gratings

    • Fibre optic sensing

    • Fs machining

    Teaching Activity

    Employment

    • 2001 - 2003: Technical Director Indigo Photonics Ltd

    • 1999 - 2001: Technical Director Oxford Fiber Optic Tools Ltd

    • 1997 - 1998: Senior Physicist ADC Pty Ltd, Canberra, Australia

    Qualifications

    • BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Birmingham, 1989

    • MSc (distinction), St Andrews University, 1991

    • PhD in Fabrication and Applications of Fibre Bragg Gratings, Aston University, 1996

    External positions

    Council Member

    Oct 2014Aug 2019

    Membership and Professional Development Board Member

    Oct 2013Aug 2019

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    Research Output

    Bragg gratings inscribed in solid-core microstructured single-mode polymer optical fiber drawn from a 3D-printed polycarbonate preform

    Zubel, M., Fasano, A., Woyessa, G., Min, R., Leal-Junio, A., Theodosiou, A., Marques, C. A. F., Bang, O., Ortega, B., Kalli, K., Frizera-Neto, A., Pontes, M. J. & Sugden, K., 18 Jun 2020, In : IEEE Sensors Journal.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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  • Femtosecond laser inscribed advanced calibration phantom for optical coherence tomography (OCT)

    Lu, Y., Gordon, N., Coldrick, B., Ibrahim, I., Mezentsev, V., Robinson, D. & Sugden, K., 28 Feb 2020, Advanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics XIII. von Freymann, G., Blasco, E. & Chanda, D. (eds.). SPIE, 1129205. (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; vol. 11292).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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  • Developments in low-cost laser detection: wide field of view implementation and direction determination

    Zandi, M., Benton, D. M., Sugden, K., Titterton, D. H., Grasso, R. J. & Richardson, M. A., 7 Oct 2019, In : Proceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. 11161, 111610H.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

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  • Laser detection utilizing coherence

    Benton, D. M., Zandi, M., Sugden, K., Titterton, D. H. (ed.), Grasso, R. J. (ed.) & Richardson, M. A. (ed.), 7 Oct 2019, In : Proceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. 11161, 111610G.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

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  • Spatially distributed delay line interferometer based on transmission Bragg scattering

    Preciado, M. A., El-taher, A., Sugden, K. & Shu, X., 26 Aug 2019, In : Optics Letters. 44, 17, p. 4319-4322 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Thesis

    Acoustic emission detection using optical fibre sensors for aerospace applications

    Author: Pappu, R., 31 May 2012

    Supervisor: Sugden, C. A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    Advances in characterisation, calibration and data processing speed of optical coherence tomography systems

    Author: Rasakanthan, J., 21 Jan 2015

    Supervisor: Sugden, C. A. (Supervisor) & Webb, D. J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    Advances in femtosecond micromachining and inscription of micro and nano photonic devices

    Author: Smith, G., Oct 2011

    Supervisor: Sugden, C. A. (Supervisor) & Bennion, I. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    Fabrication and applications of fibre Bragg gratings

    Author: Sugden, K., 1996

    Supervisor: Bennion, I. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    Femtosecond laser micromachining and inscription of novel planar and fibre devices

    Author: Lee, G., 25 Jun 2014

    Supervisor: Sugden, C. A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    Press / Media

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    18/04/16

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    29/05/12

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