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Professor Mark Atherton Professor Mark Atherton
Honorary Professor - MAE
Mark is now an Honorary and Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, previously being full Professor of Mechanical Engineering Design. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has developed industrial products and manufacturing systems, including dental drill noise reduction (Dental drill noise reduction device), robotic servicing of trains (Lab-based prototype for automated train fluid servicing) and design tools for invention (On-line tool to intelligently interpret design information contained in patents). Mark taught engineering design and design optimisation. Background BSc(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Aston University, Birmingham. MSc/DIC in Industrial Robotics and Manufacturing Automation from Imperial College, London. PhD in Mechanical Engineering Design from City University, London. Industrial experience: apprenticeship with Rubery Owen, followed by engineering positions with Driver Southall (GEC), Otis Elevator, and Redland Engineering. Academic posts at London South Bank University and Brunel University London, plus visiting professor at Tokyo University of Science and University of Modena. Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. RED combines design process, statistics and design optimisation. Computer simulations (CFD, FEA, multiphysics) and physical experiments are used to understand the effects of material, manufacturing and loading uncertainties/variations on the performance of devices and systems. I am also interested in the underlying mechanisms that achieve robustness. Mark has led a wide variety of projects in Engineering Design including: roof products, laser registration for breast screening, loudspeakers, pumps, vacuum casting, webcams, garden products, slide-ways, hearing aids, piezo devices, vascular devices, dental drill anti-noise, hydrofoil boards, water purification for disaster relief, airport networks, squeeze-film levitation, grass-cutting decks, patent knowledge for design and autonomous systems for train fluids servicing. Many of these applications have produced an artefact with “real-world” impact. Mark no longer teaches but was formerly focused on: Engineering design Product innovation and development Module Leader Year 2 Mechanical Engineering Design modules (ME2611 Design Process for Machine Elements, Manufacturing Processes, Materials and CAD; ME2615 Engineering Design Team Project). 2021 GLR Runners-Up, Winners Team Presentation, IMechE Year 2 Design Challenge. 2019 National and GLR Champions, IMechE Year 2 Design Challenge. 2018 National and GLR Champions, IMechE Year 2 Design Challenge. 2017 National and GLR Champions, IMechE Year 2 Design Challenge.
Dr Bin Wang Dr Bin Wang
Bin Wang graduated with BEng (1985) in Solid Mechanics from Xi’an Jiaotong University, MSc (1988) by research in Dynamics and PhD (1991) in Applied Mechanics, both from University of Manchester (formerly UMIST). He had been an academic staff member of Nanyany Technological University (Singapore), Deakin (Australia), Brunel, Manchester and Aberdeen University before returning to Brunel in July 2011. At Brunel he has held roles as the Chairperson of the Board of Study in Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering, Year 1 Tutor, Programme Director of MSc Structural Integrity, and now the Vice Dean Internatioanl of the College. Dr Wang’s expertise is in Applied Mechanics, including stress and strain analysis, dynamics and impact mechanics. He also conducts research in reliability and safety analysis with application in energy and medical areas. His research contributed to the British Energy’s R3 document on Impact Assessment of nuclear power plants. Under the title Shooting Cancers, his research also presented at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition (2004). Dr. Wang is also one of the inventors of a patented knee implant which is a leading product in the North American market. Dr. Wang has delivered a wide range of subjects in the subject area of Applied Mechanics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including Strength of Materials, Vector Calculus, Vibration and Machine Dynamics, Plasticity, Mechanism and Design, Advanced Reliability Analysis, Fracture and Fatigue, etc. Current teaching modules: ME3062/ME3092 FEA, CFD and Design of Engineering Systems MN5561 Computer Aided Design 2
Professor Tadeusz Stolarski Professor Tadeusz Stolarski
Research Professor
Academic Career 1970 - MSc, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland 1975 - PhD, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland 1979 - DIC, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London 1981 - DSc(Eng), Technical university of Cracow, Poland 1993 - Titular Professor, (Title conferred by the President of Poland) Industrial Career 1970 - 1971, Design Engineer for Deck Lifting Equipment, Gdansk Shipyard.
Dr Rebecca De Coster Dr Rebecca De Coster
Lecturer in Innovation
Rebecca De Coster is a Lecturer in Innovation in the AMEE group and is Course Director for the new MSc Enterprise Engineering. Her background is twelve years in the telecoms industry in a variety of roles including new product development, sales engineering and consultancy. She holds a BEng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Birmingham University and an MBA from Kingston University. Whilst at Brunel she has completed her Higher Education teaching qualification and a PhD on “Innovation Strategies in Mobile Networking Firms – A Study of Enterprise Realignment.” She previously worked for Ovum (a telecoms research and consultancy firm) where she co-authored two reports into the European telecoms market. Since joining Brunel she has co-authored an article on new technology ventures and presented at three international conferences in this area. Her research interests are Technology and Innovation Management. This involves identifying the role and content of innovation strategies in enterprise engineering organisations. Emerging technologies for high technology firms are examined from two perspectives: the vendor and the user (the application provider). Innovation strategies for the vendor concern the technological and product innovation needed to address the positioning of the firm in the sector (the industry position), what it is providing to the market (the application provision) and the direction of the firm’s products (the technology development). Innovation strategies for the user concern the utilisation of e&m-business technologies in key business operations. Current research includes: The ways in which the use of mobile devices has transformed the practices of enterprise engineering organisations The extent to which mobile devices have helped improve the efficiency of enterprise engineering organisations Rebecca is a Lecturer in Innovation with research interests based on her PhD research into Innovation Strategies for Mobile Networking Firms which comprised a study of Enterprise Realignment. Rebecca joined Brunel University London in October 2002 after twelve years in the high technology telecoms sector including product development and business planning roles followed by technical consultancy. At Brunel University London she is actively involved leading and teaching business and management modules in the School of Engineering and Design primarily to postgraduate students studying on the programme MSc Engineering Management.
Dr Susan Grant Dr Susan Grant
Senior Lecturer
Susan‘s research interests lie in the area of lean and agile supply chains across manufacturing and service sectors. Her recent research has focused on the tension between opportunism and forbearance in buyer –supplier ‘partnerships’; the impact of market culture on attitudes and behaviours across supply chain players; and on the generation of values such as trust in global supply chain relationships. She is currently involved in a number of collaborative projects with researchers across management and engineering disciplines in the area of global supply chain management, and has published widely in the area. Susan holds a PhD from Henley Management College and has been involved in the Lean Aerospace Initiative at Cranfield School of Management specialising in lean supply chain management within the domestic and international aerospace markets. Susan is a lecturer and Course director on the MSc Engineering Management within the School of Engineering and Design and a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Lecturer and Course Director for the MSc in Engineering Management Brunel University London: School of Engineering and Design Global supply chain management and Logistics Manufacturing Strategy and Economics
Dr Qingping Yang Dr Qingping Yang
Dr QingPing Yang is currently the Group Leader for Brunel Quality Engineering and Smart Technology (QUEST) Research Group and Robotics and Automation Research Group. Dr Yang joined the Brunel Centre for Manufacturing Metrology (BCMM) in 1988 with a visiting scholarship awarded by the AVIC, after his graduation in Instrumentation and Measurement Technology from Chengdu Aeronautical Polytechnic in 1983 and subsequent 4 years’ research experiences at an Aircraft Structure Research Institute (AVIC, Xi’an) and admission to an MSc Programme in Robot Control and Intelligent Control at Northwestern Polytechnical University. In 1989, he was awarded an ORS Award and a PhD Studentship from British Technology Group to develop a patented smart 3D high precision probe system for CMMs, and he received his PhD degree in October 1992. Since then he has been working as a Research Fellow, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader (Associate Professor) at Brunel University London. He has actively participated in 15 (11 as Principal Investigator) research projects funded by the UK government, EU and industrial companies, with a total funding of about £2.5 million as Principal Investigator and £888K as Co-Investigator. Through more than 30 years dedicated research, he has developed a unique and coherent research field broadly integrating three research areas of sensor/measurement systems, quality engineering and smart technologies (including AI and robotics) with rigorous theoretical foundation, addressing the core science and technology underpinning these areas. He has published more than 110 journal/conference papers, 5 book chapters and 3 patents (one patent successfully assigned for commercial exploitation in 2004) in these areas. He has supervised (as the 1st supervisor) 20 PhD and 3 MPhil students with successful completion as well as 9 visiting academic staff / PhD students, and he is currently supervising one postdoctoral Research Fellow and 8 PhD students. Dr Yang has received numerous prizes and awards for outstanding academic and work performance in the past (including three performance bonuses in Brunel University). He has been a member of IEEE and IET. He was profiled in the 15th edition of Marquis Who’s Who in the World (1998) and the 5th edition of Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (2000). Dr Yang has taught a number of subjects at both PG/UG levels and his teaching is closely related to his research: PG level (Level 7): Robotics and Manufacturing Automation; Manufacturing Measurement; Optical and Optoelectronic Engineering; Project Management; Computation for Information Processing and Computer-Aided Data Analysis. UG levels (Level 4-6): Computer Integrated Manufacturing (level 6); Quality Engineering and Metrology (level 6); Business for Engineers (level 6); Mechatronics (level 5); Microprocessors (level 5); Electrical Engineering Principles (level 5); Instruments and Applications (level 5); Measurement and Instrumentation (level 5); Introduction to Internet Computing (level 4); Internet Scripting and Computer Architecture (level 4); Project Management (levels 4-5). He is currently teaching: AI Applications in Engineering (Level 6) Quality Management and Reliability (Level 7) Advanced Measurement Systems and Data Analysis (Level 7)
Professor Kai Cheng Professor Kai Cheng
EDUCATION AND DEGREES BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, 1st Class, Harbin Institute of Technology, July 1983. MSc in Manufacturing Engineering, 1st Class (Distinction), Harbin Institute of Technology, July 1988. PhD in Precision Manufacturing, Liverpool John Moores University, January 1994. WORKING EXPERIENCES 01/1994 – 09/1995, Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University. 10/1995 – 11/1999, Lecturer, Department of Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University. 12/1999 – 04/2001, Reader, School of Engineering at Leeds Metropolitan University. 05/2001 – 04/2006, Professor, School of Engineering at Leeds Metropolitan University. 05/2006 – present, Chair Professor, Head of Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering (AMEE) Department, School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University London. TEACHING INTERESTS Advanced manufacturing technology Global/sustainable manufacturing and systems Fundamentals of manufacturing systems
Professor Diane Mynors Professor Diane Mynors
Head of Department - MAE
Professor Diane J Mynors is Head of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Brunel University London. Over more than a decade, Diane has held leadership positions within the higher education sector. In each case, the underlying and achieved objective has been to enhance the standing of the unit for which she is responsible, achieved by working strategically and efficiently with the team in a way that benefits all stakeholders. The ability to lead complex multidisciplinary groups is enhanced by a background in physics and manufacturing engineering, both of which are multifaceted disciplines, practitioners of which naturally collaborate with those from many other fields. Knowledge of the manufacturing world further heightens the ability to strategize and implement through an understanding of demand, supply, customers, and the importance of tacit knowledge and planning. Diane has degrees from both physics and engineering departments. Her doctoral thesis looked at volume ion sources and was supported by Culham Laboratory, UKAEA through an EPSRC CASE award. Following her DPhil, Diane moved to the Department of Mechanical engineering at the University of Bath, as a Research Officer to work on the simulation of metalforming processes. She took up a lectureship within the Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Systems at Brunel University. Her first leadership position followed when appointed Head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton. Having successfully led and enhanced the Department Diane moved to the University of Sussex as Head of the School of Engineering and Informatics, which also encompassed Product Design and Digital Media. Having successfully grown the School and led significant capital investment projects Diane returned to Brunel to lead the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Diane is a Chartered Physicist and Fellow of the Institute of Physics She has also received personal awards from: The Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Thomas Stephen Prize The Japan Society for Technology of Plasticity The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey
Dr Yohan Noh Dr Yohan Noh
Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering
He received his first B.Sc. degreefrom the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University of Scienceand Technology, Korea (2002) and his second B.Sc. degree from the Department ofElectrical Engineering from Yonsei University, Korea (2004). He did his M.Sc. and Ph.D. atthe Department of Science and Engineering (robotics), Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in2007 and 2011, respectively. After this, he worked as a research associate in Roboticswithin the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, King's College London.During his PhD and Postdoctoral studies in the UK and Japan, he studied and proposed agreat number of the robotic systems for use in medicine and healthcare in Japan, Korea,and the UK. His work has resulted in more than seventy peer-reviewed papers includingsixteen journal papers and more than seventy papers in top journals and conferences ofrobotics. He has eleven published patents so far.He has been fortunate to have the opportunity of involvement in commercialisationprocess of a number of joint projects between academia and industry. Being ambitious tolay out a research direction which considers commercialisation of the developed system inthe beginning of a project, led to successful commercialisation of the projects and therespective products are now being sold in international market.He has facilitated many collaborative activities between robotics groups in the UK, EU, andJapan through domestic and international joint projects (EU-project STIFF-FLOP, Grant No.287728), (Wellcome Trust IEH project iFIND, Grant No.102431), and (Robotics AdvancedMedical Cluster, Japan), and have been an active member of the robotics community (IEEERAS, EMBS, ASME, RSJ, JSCAS), and helped in the organisation of RSJ, ROMANSY, ICCAS,ROBIO, ICRA, and EMBC conferences since 2008. 1) Design and fabrication for STIFF-FLOP arm (soft manipulators) (Since 2013) and Multi-axial Force/Torque sensors, bending sensors, and palpation instrument (since May 2013) 2) Robot arms, master/slave system, and image compensation algorithm for ultrasound scanning (since June 2014) 3) Medical training robots for airway management and neurologic examination (Since 2006) 4) A new miniaturised Force/Torque and tactile sensing arrays based on optoelectronic technology for medical devices and haptic globes 5) development of a new flexible manipulator integrating contact force sensors and shape sensors for MIS (minimally invasive surgery) (since 2016) 6) Development of a non-contact device for detecting small animal breathing in dedicated whole-body imaging instruments based on fibre optic technology (since 2017) 7) Prototyping a low-cost robot-assisted ultrasound diagnostic robot system (since 2018) 8) Developing a low-cost tactile sensing array for soft prosthetic hands using the light intensity modulation sensing approach (since 2018)