Dr S Rafi Ahmad


Position: Sen. R & D Consultant

Qualifications: D Phil (Oxon).

Business Expertise: Applications of lasers and laser spectroscopy.

Dr Ahmad’s history as both a Ministry of Defense scientist and a University academic, spans over 4 decades, having founded and led the Centre for Applied Laser Spectroscopy within Cranfield University for 21 years. He studied ‘laser interaction with solid materials’ for his doctorate degree (1972) at the Oxford University and extended his research to include, among many others, Laser Spectroscopy (both atomic and molecular); Laser Interaction with Energetic Materials and; Biomedical and Environmental monitoring applications. His research projects were funded by national and international bodies such as an EECon “Jute” research within the INCO-DC (Int. Cop, with Dev. Countries), the Brite-Euram scheme as the key member on “Optical technique for plastic identification” and as the UK representative in the management committee of the EEC’s COST-G7 Action and the EULASNET (E12566) network.

Dr Ahmad has published 61 reviewed papers on a range of topics in the field, as well as twelve conference papers, has recently co-authored two books on ‘Environmental Monitoring’ and ‘Laser Interaction with Energetic Materials’. He has participated in many international collaborations as a visiting professor and an invited speaker, supervised and acted as external examiner for many PhD students.