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Professor Seb Savory 

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Seb studied Engineering at Churchill both as an undergraduate and postgraduate. He is currently the Professor of Optical Fibre within the Engineering Department and a Professorial Fellow at Churchill. His research is focused on optical fibre communication, with his interest in this field beginning in 1991 when he joined STL (subsequently Nortel), Harlow. Having been sponsored by Nortel through his undergraduate and postgraduate studies, he rejoined the Harlow Laboratories in 2000, subsequently moving to UCL in 2005. At UCL he progressed from Research Fellow through to Professor in 2015. In October 2015, he was elected a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge moving to Cambridge in January 2016 as a University Lecturer and subsequently promoted to Professor of Optical Fibre Communication in October 2019.

Seb has taught electronics, maths and optical fibre communication systems at both Cambridge and UCL and was heavily involved in the design of the Integrated Engineering Programme at UCL (when he was Undergraduate Tutor and Programme Director within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering). From August 2018 to July 2021 he was the Director of Undergraduate Education within the Cambridge University Engineering Department.

Externally, he serves as Vice President for Publications within the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), having previously served on the IPS Board of Governors (2018-2020) and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters (2012-2017). Until June 2021 he was the Chair of the Steering Committee for the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) Conference having previously served as Program for OFC 2013 and General Chair for OFC 2015. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IEEE, IET, OSA and HEA.