Alwyn Seeds


  • Member, TC-22 MICROWAVE PHOTONICS, Technical Committees**
  • 2018, Distinguished Educator Award, Past Awardees**
University College London


Alwyn Seeds received the Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from the University of London. From 1980 to 1983 he was a Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he worked on GaAs monolithic millimetre-wave integrated circuits for use in phased-array radar. He returned to England in 1983, to take up a lectureship in telecommunications at Queen Mary College, University of London, moving to University College London in 1986, where he is now Professor of Opto-electronics and Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, rated in the UK Government’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework as one of the top four university departments in the United Kingdom that carry out research in the field of electronic engineering. He has published over 250 papers and many patents on microwave and opto-electronic devices and their systems applications. His current research interests include microwave and THz photonics and photonic integration.

Professor Seeds has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), an IEEE Fellow (USA), and has served as a Member of the Board of Governors and Vice-President for Technical Affairs of the IEEE Photonics Society (USA). He is Principal Investigator of the EPSRC Programme Grant on Coherent THz Systems, Director of the joint UCL-Cambridge EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems and Director of the National Dark Fibre Infrastructure Service (UK). He is a co-founder of ZinWave Inc., a manufacturer of wireless over fibre systems, which was acquired by McWane Technologies in 2014. He was awarded the 2012 Gabor Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics for his work on microwave photonics.