CAPPA was delighted to have two of their PhD students be part of the first group of students to graduate from Munster Technology University. Dr Sharon Butler and Dr Uday Bangavadi Munivenkatappa graduated on 30th of June with their PhD after completing their research in CAPPA for the last 4 years. Dr Butler and Dr Bangavadi Munivenkatappa were the first CAPPA PhD students to graduate from the newly established Munster Technology University. Due to the current COVID-19 guidelines, the annual conferring ceremony took place virtually at 2pm on 30th of June 2021. Both Dr Butler and Dr Bangavadi Munivenkatappa are now postdoctoral researchers at CAPPA.
Dr Sharon Butler thesis focused on “Wavelength Swept Photonic Crystal Laser.” Dr Butler previously obtained her B.Sc. in Applied Physics and Instrumentation in Cork Institute of Technology before beginning her PhD at CAPPA under the supervision of Dr Stephen Hegarty and Dr William Whelan – Curtin. Her current research interests include interaction of hybrid lasers, photonic crystal lasers, frequency modulated and wavelength swept lasers, and laser dynamics.
Dr Uday Bangavadi Munivenkatappa thesis focused on “Dynamics of a swept source laser under external injection.” Dr Gowda obtained his B.Eng. in Electronics and Communications from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka, India before completing his MSc in Photonics from Department of Atomic and Molecular Physics in Manipal University. His research interests include swept source lasers, optoelectronics and semiconductor lasers.