Ojas Mahapatra Appointed CEO
Dr Ojas Mahapatra, who recently finished his doctorate in Physics at University of Canterbury, has been offered the role of the CEO of a Dunedin based company Photonic Innovations Ltd. He was supervised and mentored by Prof Simon Brown in his doctoral research. Photonic Innovations Ltd is a spin-out company from University of Otago that aims to commercialize a novel gas detection technology developed jointly at The Dodd Walls Centre for Quantum Science and Technology and Department of Physics. The gas detection technology boasts of very high accuracy, fast response time, calibration and maintenance free features and it virtually eliminates false alarms (a common issue with most gas detector currently in the market). Ojas joined the Physics department at the University of Canterbury in 2010 after receiving a funded scholarship from The MacDiarmid Institute. After completion of his PhD, Ojas joined Powerhouse Ventures Ltd (intellectual property commercialisation company based in Christchurch) for a brief period of time following which he was offered the role to lead Photonic Innovations Ltd. Powerhouse Ventures are also investors in the company. We wish Ojas success in all his future endeavours.