Brian graduated from UCC in 2014 with a joint-honours degree in mathematics and physics. During his final year, he completed a successful research project with Tyndall’s photonics systems group on Raman amplification for passive optical networks. After graduating, he quickly joined the group to pursue a PhD in optical communications. His current research focusses on low-cost communication solutions for modern data centres by using silicon-photonic modulators and advanced modulation formats.
During his PhD, he has served as the president and vice-president of Tyndall/UCC’s OSA and SPIE student chapters, respectively. He is passionate about science communication and outreach, and works regularly with IPIC and Tyndall’s education and public engagement teams to bring science to the wider community.