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Michelle Berry

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BSc (HONS) LASER PHYSICS AND OPTOELECTRONICS (1994) 

The big question when I was at school was – you want to go to University but to do what? I was good at Physics and Maths so decided a degree in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics sounded very grand!

I started at Strathclyde in 1990 and graduated in 1994. After graduation I moved down the River Clyde to work for Pilkington Optronics, a large company specialising in the development and production of various optical and optoelectronic devices. I joined as a graduate trainee and spent two years on various engineering projects in different departments. The focus of my next two years moved more to the commercial side, working eventually on the company’s 10-year business plan. My work involved a couple of secondments to Wales and London.

I then moved south to London to work for a video conferencing company, where for two years I worked in a technical sales and marketing role. Having decided to move back home to Scotland, I joined a small privately owned company in Ayrshire who manufactured aerosols for the UK and export markets. Being a small company my time was spent on all aspects of the business and included working in Moscow, Poland and Lithuania.

During this time I decided to acquire a marketing orientated qualification and embarked upon a part-time Masters in Business Administration, graduating this year.

My current role is Product Manager for another small company this time based in East Kilbride. I am responsible for marketing LoSalt to food industries worldwide. This may not at first glance appear to be physics related but without my degree, I don’t think I’d be where I am today.