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Dr Kari Clark, a UCL researcher, awarded prestigious RAEng Research Fellowship

31 August 2022

Dr Kari Aaron Clark, a researcher in the Optical Networks Group and EPRSC-funded TRANSNET programme has been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship.

Kari Clark news

Dr Kari Clark, a Research Fellow at the Optical Networks Group (ONG) has been awarded a 5-year Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering. Kari is the third researcher from the Optical Networks Group to be awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering, following in the footsteps of Dr Dominic Lavery and Dr Lidia Galdino.

Kari started his fellowship at UCL at the beginning of August 2022, shortly after completing his PhD in Optical Communications in January 2021. Following a long and competitive application process that consisted of 3 internal selection rounds within UCL and 3 subsequent selection rounds with the Royal Academy of Engineering, Kari successfully became an awardee with 16 other “outstanding early-career researchers”.

Now in its 21st year, the programme supports exceptional early-career researchers in becoming future research leaders in the field of engineering. The Fellowship aims to advance excellence in engineering by providing five years of funding to pursue research in any field of engineering.

Not only does the Fellowship provide direct financial support to the awardees, but the scheme also offers mentoring support and an opportunity to establish an exemplary research track record. Kari seeks to use this opportunity to achieve sub-nanosecond accuracy time synchronisation in radio access networks, which will allow future society transformative devices such as automated vehicle fleets and augmented reality glasses to locate themselves to sub-meter precision using mobile networks.

On being announced as an awardee, Dr Clark said,

It is a great privilege to be selected by the Royal Academy of Engineering to pursue a 5-year Research Fellowship. I am very excited to be able to use this opportunity to establish myself as an independent researcher, developing new cutting-edge clock synchronisation technologies for radio access networks!