David J. Richardson holds a personal Chair in Photonics at the University of Southampton and is Deputy Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) where he is responsible for Optical Fiber Device and Systems research. His current research interests include amongst others : microstructured fibers, high-power fiber lasers, short pulse lasers, optical fiber communications, and nonlinear fiber optics. He has published more than 700 conference and journal papers in his time at the ORC, and produced over 20 patents. He is a frequent invited speaker at the leading international optics conferences in the optical communications, laser and nonlinear optics fields and is an active member of both the national and international optics communities. Prof. Richardson, a founder of SPI Lasers Ltd., was made a Fellow of the Optical Society of America in 2005, a Fellow of the IET in 2008 and most recently a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2009.