Bill O’Neill




Chief Executive Officer

Bill is a Professor of Laser Engineering within the Cambridge University Engineering Department and Director of the Centre of Industrial Photonics. He has researched and published widely on the subjects of laser-matter interactions, optical engineering, high power laser based manufacturing technologies, and micro/nano fabrication techniques.

Prof O’Neill obtained a B.Sc in Applied Physics from the University of Essex in 1985 and an M.Sc in Laser Physics in 1986. On moving to the John Percy Group, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, he studied the interaction phenomena of dual-wavelength laser materials processing and obtained a PhD in 1990. He then moved to the University of Liverpool where he continued his research and supported Prof W M Steen in establishing one of the world’s largest university based laser research groups.

Bills Research Interests

  • Flexible and reconfigurable production technologies.
  • Laser beam monitoring and control
  • Ultrafast laser matter interactions
  • Macro and micro laser cutting
  • Additive manufacturing technologies
  • High velocity particulate impacts
  • Nanoscale fabrication technologies
  • Sensor systems
  • Metrology