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Dr Atanas Ivanov Dr Atanas Ivanov
Reader - Advanced Engineering Design
Dr Ivanov world-leading expertise in non-traditional manufacturing spans over a decade of innovating and developing new technologies. In 2007 he was registered by GUINNESS BOOK RECORD for drilling the smallest hole in the world ø22µm 10 aspect ratio. From 2008 Dr Ivanov was the only producer of samples for cryogenic sensors from InSb for the European space programme and NASA. In 2009 he designed of the control of the mirrors for HERCHEL and PLANCK satellites and the sampler (ISOSAMPLER) for NASA for their ‘Medusa’ project for Mars and Jupiter missions. Dr Ivanov registered a world patent for using cutting tools as measuring probes as part of his work fr the Basque government in 2010. After joining Brunel he developed the first in the world micro electrochemical drilling machine for the fuel injection systems for BMW (SONPLAS). In 2013 Dr Ivanov built the first µECM milling machine. In the last 10 years Dr Ivanov acquired 15 grants and an income of over £1m as PI only, and an additional income as a collaborator. In 2018 he received an Innovate UK grant for developing a technology for the identification of airplane fasteners. Dr Ivanov is a world-leading specialist in µECM machining technology. In 2019/20 he developed world-leading µECM technology for sharpening glaucoma needles.

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Dr Abhishek Lahiri Dr Abhishek Lahiri
Lecturer in Chemical Engineering
Dr. Lahiri joined Brunel University as lecturer in March 2020. He got his PhD from University of Leeds in 2008 after which he went on to do his Postdoc in USA and Japan. From 2011 he joined Clausthal University of Technology in Prof Frank Endres group and worked extensively on electrodeposition in ionic liquids and understanding the battery electrode/electrolyte interface. His work primarily focusses on electrochemical synthesis of functional materials using ionic liquids for energy storage and electrocatalysis. In ionic liquids, the electrode/electrolyte interface is considerably different from aqueous electrolytes and therefore controlling and modifying the interface leads to change in functional properties of the materials. His research focusses and utilises the property of interfacial modulation to develop new functional materials and tries to bridge the gap between fundamental aspects of electrochemistry and applied electrochemistry. Questions such as can we design a suitable interface to develop dendrite-free deposits which are essential for developing high energy density Li/Na metal batteries are targeted. Besides, developing batteries for grid energy storage with sustainable materials are being researched. CL2601:Heat and Mass Transfer (Module leader) CL5604:Process Engineering Fundamentals (Module leader) CL2602: Chemical Engineer's Toolbox CL3603: Separation process II
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 Sheng Dai Professor Sheng Dai
Visiting Professor - Chem
Sheng Dai received his Bachelor degree from Zhejiang University, and Masters and PhD degrees from Nanyang Technological University. After that, he worked as a postdoc research fellow at McMaster University, University of Alberta and University of Toronto under the support of NSERC (Canada) and NIH (USA). He joined the University of Adelaide (Australia) as a Senior Lecturer in 2009 and was promoted to an Associate Professor in late 2012. In early 2017, he moved to UK as a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Deputy Head of School of Engineering at Newcastle University. He worked at Brunel University London as the Inaugural Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from late 2018. Later, Sheng moved to the University of Leeds as the Head of Chemical and Process Engineering in January 2022 and became a Visting Professor at Brunel, Sheng’s research expertise is to develop cutting-edge applications of polymers, nanomaterials and interfacial technology in healthcare, separation processes, catalysts, water treatment and clean energy. He has published 150 peer-review journal articles associated with over 11,500 citations and an H-index of 49. Seperation Processes
Dr Mohamed Darwish Dr Mohamed Darwish
Dr Mohamed K Darwish - Course Director for MSC in Advanced Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Reader in Power Electronics and Systems, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London, UK. He has over 35 years experience of research and teaching in the area of Power Electronics and Power Systems. His research interests include Power Active Filtering techniques, UPS systems, Electric Vehicles, and Power Quality issues. Dr Darwish is also a Chartered Engineer and the IET Student Counsellor at Brunel. Dr Darwish is teaching or has taught the following modules: Electrical Devices and Systems Electronics and Digital Systems Advanced Electronics Computers & Their Applications Power Electronics Energy Systems Electronic, Electrical & Microprocessor Applications Advanced Power Electronics Systems Design of Mechatronic Systems - MSc Power Electronics and FACTS - MSc Short Courses: Dr Darwish has delivered the following short courses for several companies in the Middle East, Europe and USA: Power Quality - Causes, effects & solutions, Dubai, 1994. Power Generation Operation & Control, Newcastle, UK, 1995. Generator Control and Protection, Qatar, 1997. Modern Power System Protective, USA, 1998. Power Quality, British Steel, UK, 1999. Electrical Faults Diagnosis & Troubleshooting, Omron Electronics, UK, 2000. Protection Relays & Electrical Installation, Dubai, 2002. Maintenance of Electrical Power Equipment, Spain, 2004. Power Generation, Distribution & Protection, Qatar, 2006 Power Systems Control and Stability, Dubai, 2010 Power Generation Control with Focus on Excitation Control, Qatar 2012 Maintenance & Troubleshooting of UPS and Battery System, Cyprus, 2014 Concentrated Solar Power, Egypt 2015 Renewable Energy Systems, Germany, 2017 Power System Stability and Control, Qatar, 2018
Dr Ruth Mackay Dr Ruth Mackay
Senior Lecturer
I am a Mechanical Engineer with a particular interest within the biomedical field. I gained my BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering in 2007, and PhD, in Micro-electromechanical-systems in 2011, both from the University of Dundee. My research focuses on organ-on-a-chip tecnologies for women's health, low cost point of care diagnostic devices and prosthetics. I teach within the areas of Finite Element Analysis, Biomechanics and Engineering Design. My primary research focus is within the field of Organ-on-a-Chip (OOC). Within the group I research the development of microfluidic devices, manufacturing methods, cell scaffold facbrication and electronic control of the systems. The OOC group at Brunel University London (www.bruneldoclab.com) incorporates toxicologists, engineers, life scientists and bioinformaticians. The group’s research focuses on developing alternative systems to study women’s health issues, such as cancers, pregnancy outcomes and sexually transmitted infections. We are currently working on systems that replicate female organs (vagina, ovaries, placenta and breast) to better understand initiation, progression diagnosis and treatment of women’s diseases and disorders. My other research interests include low cost, point of care diagnostics and prosthetics. ME3622 Mechanical Engineering Structures ME3626 Vehicle Structures and FEA ME3623 Design of Engineering Systems ME5525 Biomechanics and Biomaterials