Adam McKenzie’s PhD at CST Global will be co-funded by the ‘Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851’.

28 September 2018

CST Global is pleased to welcome Adam McKenzie to the research and development team at CST Global, where he will commence a PhD in silicon photonics. His position is supported by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, originally established in 1850 by Queen Victoria to organise the first world trade fair, the Great Exhibition, in London. It is the same organization which founded the Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College, Royal College of Art and the Royal College of Music.

The Royal Commission’s supplemental charter is to, “increase the means of industrial education and extend the influence of science and art upon productive industry”. To this end, the Commission awards around 35 postgraduate Fellowships and Scholarships each year for advanced study and research in science, engineering, the built environment and design. The award of an Industrial Fellowship covers all university fees, 50% of salary costs, and includes funds to cover travel expenses.

Adam grew up in Blantyre, Glasgow, where CST Global is based. He attended St John Ogilvie High School, in Burnbank, and is about to complete his Master’s Degree in Chemical Physics, at the University of Glasgow. Richard Hogg, Professor of Photonics at the University of Glasgow, and Dr. Thomas Slight, Research Engineer at CST Global, will be the joint supervisors of his PhD.

Adam commented, “The Royal Commission award has allowed me to do my PhD as an industrial placement, gaining both commercial and academic experience as I study. It is a privilege and honour to receive an award from such an historic organization. I am looking forward to working in the rapidly growing photonics industry and with the team at CST Global in particular.”

More information on the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 can be found on their website,

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