Position and role within Covesion

I am a Business Development Manager working alongside Dr. RongRong Xu in our European and Asian Territories. I will be assisting with day-to-day sales activities to continue to build our customer base and I am looking forward to meeting some of our end users at the exhibitions, conferences and events Covesion attend throughout the year.

What are your main areas of expertise?

I did a Master’s degree in Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Portsmouth. As part of this there were a lot of modules that are relevant to the work here at Covesion including waves, optics and material physics. After university I started working in a sales role, but this was outside of my scientific interests. Working in Business Development at Covesion will allow me to work in a commercial role that will use the knowledge I have acquired during my studies.

What is your favourite part of your job?

There are some great new products coming through development pathway, so I think I have joined the company at an interesting time. Covesion works with such a diverse range of organisations including some well-known photonics companies, space agencies, and large research and academic institutions. I will enjoy getting to know the customers and understanding their research and how Covesion’s products assist with their particular application.

What has been your career highlight so far?

Probably the recognition I received for the project I completed at my final year at university. This was on the Colour-Morphology-Density Relationship of Void Galaxies. Applying my knowledge of waves and optics, I obtained and analysed spectra from these galaxies to determine their colour and morphology. Cosmology is a subject that I am especially interested in both academically and just as a hobby. I like to read around this subject, its history and our developing knowledge; I think it was this interest that showed in the final results for this paper.

What is your personal background?

I have always enjoyed Physics and Maths; these were my strengths at school. At A-level I took Philosophy and Ethics as well. I had been reading a lot of books by Steven Hawking at the time and a lot of our basis of Physics today came from some of the well-known historical philosophers like Aristotle. It was their knowledge and understanding that influenced other great Physicists and Mathematicians like Einstein. I find it fascinating how knowledge is passed down through history and influences the work of other scientists and that Physics as a branch of science originated from the work of those great philosophers.

What do you do outside of work?

My main interest outside of all thing’s physics related is Brighton and Hove Albion. I am a season ticket holder and a passionate Seagull!  I was born and grew up in and around Sussex, so it is my local team. I have supported them since they were without a permanent ground playing in League Two all the way now into the Premier League, so I am committed to them as a team for both the highs and the lows!

Mike Day

CEO at Covesion

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RongRong Xu

Head of Sales at Covesion

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