Superpowers Series: Eirini Tagkoudi

Sunday 16th December

The world is full of superheroes. In everything we see and do, there is some hero behind it! We want to share these heroes’ stories. To let everybody see the superpowers that go into making the world a better place, and how they use their creativity to save the world.

Today’s superhero is the Epic Eirini Tagkoudi, Ph.D. student and master of microelectronics!

What is your superpower?

Making optical fibers and on-chip optical waveguides to shine efficiently and generating new colors of light (wavelengths) by mixing others already available. Like painting! You just need to mix blue and yellow to make green. You have the basic colors and you mix them until you get the color you want depending on the application 😊 Basically I am playing with lasers and optical fibers/optical waveguides to integrate these mature technologies and make a compact and robust device which can detect different gases.

What or who inspired your superpower?

My curiosity of what is light, when does a rainbow appear, how does a LASER work and other similar questions concerning light and matter interactions inspired me in order to follow a career as an experimental physicist.

What has been one of your best inventions/creations?

My most recent paper, you can read here!

How has technology changed what you do and influenced your life?

Technology and research go hand by hand. So, speaking as a researcher, while working in the edge of technology and trying to generate new technology products with my research, I need a lot of high-tech equipment to move one step forward and improve an already developed device/platform. Generally speaking, modern technology has an impressive impact in our everyday life and it makes it easier and simpler. From transportation and communication to artificial intelligence and human-robots!

What is your favorite Tech Will Save Us kit and why?

Definitely the Sew and Glow Kit because you can simply understand the basics of an LED and create something cool and practical by yourself.

“Tech Will Save Us” – agree or disagree?

Could not agree more 😃 Definitely tech will save us!

If you’d like to keep up with Eirini’s adventures, you can find her published material on ResearchGate.

Check out her favorite kit, the Sew & Glow Kit, which allows kits to get creative with technology by sewing circuits into badges that light up, bringing their creations to life! Or browse the rest of our range by clicking here.

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