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Professor Hamid Bahai Professor Hamid Bahai
Institute Director Materials & Manufacturing
Hamid Bahai received his PhD degree in 1993 in Computational Mechanics from Queen Mary College, University of London. Between 1993 and 1995 he worked as a Senior Research Engineer at T&N Technology where he was involved in research and development work on a number of projects for the automotive and aerospace industries. This was followed by a period at Halliburton Inc during which time he carried out design and analysis of a number of major offshore structures. In 1996 he moved to the aerospace industry by joining Astrium, an aerospace subsidiary of European Aeronautics Defence and Space company, where as a senior scientist, he played a leading role in conducting design, mathematical modelling and computational analysis of Euro3000 space craft structures and Ariane launcher / spacecraft adapter. It was during this period that he was made a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers for his technical contributions and services to the scientific and engineering communities. In 1998 he returned to academia and joined Brunel University as a lecturer. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004, Reader in 2005 and Professor in Computational Mechanics in 2009. He has led a number of research projects covering a wide range of topics in the area of Computational Mechanics and has published over 140 papers on various themes in the field. In 2014 Hamid Bahai was appointed as the Head of the newly formed Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at Brunel University London and in 2019 was appointed as the Director of Brunel’s Institute of Materials & Manufacturing. Hamid Bahai’s many theoretical and applied contributions include the development of a new type of non-linear shallow shell strain based finite element and a novel inverse eigenvalue formulation for optimising the vibratory behaviour of structures. His current research interests include development of non-linear finite element formulations and algorithms for fluid-solid interaction and multi-scale continuum-particle numerical simulations. He acted as principal investigator and the chair of government and industrial jointly funded consortiums to work on a high performance computational fluid-solid coupled structural analysis projects. The output of a number of analytical models developed by Hamid Bahai and his co-workers have now become international benchmarks in the scientific community and industry. He has conducted consulting work in the field of structural integrity for many UK and International companies and has given invited talks and courses the world over on various topics in structural computational mechanics. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Computational Mechanics. Hamid's current research interests include computational mechanics, fatigue and fracture mechanics, structural dynamics and development of non-linear finite element formulations and algorithms for fluid-solid interaction and multi-scale continuum-particle numerical simulations. Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics Finite Element Analysis Advanced Vibration Theory Numerical Methods Geometric Modelling Control Theory
Dr Giulio Alfano Dr Giulio Alfano
Reader - Mechanical Engineering PGR Director
Academic Career Reader in Computational Mechanics, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, Brunel University London, 2015-Present Senior Lecturer in Computational Mechanics, School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University West London, 2011-2015 Lecturer in Computational Mechanics. School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University London, 2006-2011. Lecturer in Mechanics of Solids and Structures, University of Naples ‘Federico II’, 2001-2006. Research Associate, Imperial College , Department of Aeronautics, 1998-2001. Education Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, University of Naples ‘Federico II’, September 1997. 5-year degree in Civil Engineering (summa cum laude), University of Naples ‘Federico II’, Italy, 1993. Solid Body Mechanics, Structural Mechanics, Computational Solid Mechanics
Dr James Campbell Dr James Campbell
Reader - Structural Integrity
James Campbell BEng MSc PhD CEng FRAeS Dr James Campbell is Reader in Structural Integrity, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Chartered Engineer. Dr Campbell’s primary research interest is numerical modelling of materials and structures during transient events such as impact and crash, with 15 years expertise as a principal investigator leading research projects funded by the EU, Innovate UK, ESA, industry, academia and research organisations (UK and internationally). Areas of Expertise Numerical modelling of the transient response of materials and structures. Meshless methods, including Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH). Fundamental development of physical models and non-linear numerical methods (FE and SPH), through implementation and code development up to complex engineering analysis. Predictive analysis of lightweight structures, structural integrity and failure, Impact on spacecraft, fluid-structure interaction, impact on aircraft (birdstrike, ice, hard object), crashworthiness, fragmentation and shock loading. Characterisation and modelling of materials (metallic, composite, ceramic, polymer), from quasi-static loading through to high strain-rate behaviour and shock wave propagation. Experience Dr Campbell graduated from Imperial College London with a BEng in Aeronautical Engineering and Cranfield University with an MSc then PhD in Astronautics and Space Engineering. His PhD research developed numerical modelling of hypervelocity impact on spacecraft and the smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) method. This was followed by research on numerical modelling of shock waves at the Centre for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, for two years. He returned to Cranfield University as Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Computational Mechanics and Course Director of the Structures, Crashworthiness and Impact MSc. Dr Campbell was then appointed as head of the Crashworthiness, Impact and Structural Mechanics Group at Cranfield. Awards Derek George Astridge Safety in Aerospace Award, IMechE, 2009. Royal Institute of Naval Architects Medal of Distinction, 2010. Selected research projects Principal Investigator. Development of Advanced Material Modelling for Metal Additive Manufacturing (TWI/Lloyds Register Foundation). Principal Investigator. Basalt Fibre Reinforced HDPE for Wave Energy Converters Co-Investigator. Harpoon Impact Modelling Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator. Smart Aircraft in Emergency Situations (SMAES) Principal Investigator. Nonlinear Static Multiscale Analysis of Large Aerostructures (MUSCA) Dr Campbell's expertise is applied to the aeronautics, space, defence, automotive, manufacturing, energy and offshore sectors. It is directly linked to teaching and supervision of PhD and Masters students and professional development programmes. Dr Campbell’s primary research is focussed on numerical modelling of materials and structures during transient events such as impact and crash, with 15 years expertise as a principal investigator leading projects funded by the EU, Innovate UK, ESA and industry, academia and research organisations (UK and internationally). This expertise is applied to the aeronautics, space, defence, automotive, manufacturing, energy and offshore sectors. Research Areas Fundamental development of physical models and non-linear numerical methods Meshless methods for non-linear solid and fluid mechanics - methods and code development for Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH). Artificial viscosity methods for shock wave modelling. Implementation of boundary and contact conditions in numerical codes. Constitutive models for strength, damage and shock response of isotropic and orthotropic materials (metallic, composite, ceramic, polymer). Numerical implementation of constitutive models for meshed (finite element) and meshless (SPH) codes. Experimental characterisation of materials. Application of explicit numerical methods to the transient response of solids and structures Predictive analysis of lightweight structures Crashworthiness and ditching analysis for aircraft and helicopters. Impact engineering: Ballistic and foreign object impact on structures, bird strike, ice impact on structures, fragmentation of metals, hypervelocity impact on spacecraft. Transient fluid-structure interaction: aircraft ditching, liquid sloshing, bird strike, extreme wave impact. Process modelling for metallic additive manufacturing. Structural ultimate load prediction. Doctoral Research: Applications from outstanding candidates intreested in doctoral research are welcome at any time of the year. Please email Selected research projects Principal Investigator. Development of Advanced Material Modelling for Metal Additive Manufacturing (TWI/Lloyds Register Foundation). Principal Investigator. Basalt Fibre Reinforced HDPE for Wave Energy Converters Co-Investigator. Harpoon Impact Modelling Principal Investigator. Smart Aircraft in Emergency Situations (SMAES) Principal Investigator. Nonlinear Static Multiscale Analysis of Large Aerostructures (MUSCA) Research clients and partners include Airbus Defence and Space Airbus Operations Alenia Aeronautica AWE Dassault Aviation DLR (German Aerospace Centre) EPSRC European Commission (FP5, FP6, FP7) European Space Agency Innovate UK Lloyds Register Foundation ONERA (French Aerospace Research Centre) Raytheon Systems TWI Dr Campbell has over 20 years experience of teaching and supervision of Masters and PhD students and Continuing Professional Development programmes to industry (UK and Internationally). Module leader for the following Aerospace Engineering MEng and MSc modules: Design and Analysis of Spacecraft Systems ME5665/ME5685 (Leading design and delivery of new module for academic year 2022-2023) Design and Analysis of Aircraft ME5664/ME5684. Current Topics in Aerospace, and Advanced CAD ME5662/ME5682. Module leader for the following Structural Integity and Oil & Gas module: Reliability Engineering ME5605, Reliabilty Engineering and Risk Management ME5637. Other teaching - MSc Lightweight Structures and Impact Engineering MSc: Impact and Crashworthiness ME5707. Advanced Transient Simulation Methods ME5706. Thin-Walled Structures ME5645. Project supervision: MSc Dissertation, Major Individual Project (Engineering MEng and BEng students) and Group Project in Aerospace Engineering (Aerospace MSc) Additional teaching experience: External Examiner University of Bath. MEng/BEng Aerospace Engineering, 2017-2021. Course Director Structures, Crashworthiness and Impact MSc (now Lightweight Structures and Composites). Lead for the development of this new Masters programme from initial concept through approval and successful launch and delivery of the programme. Development and delivery of bespoke CPD courses for a range of industrial clients (UK and internationally) including Boeing (USA) and Augusta Westland (Leonardo). At Cranfield University, delivered MSc and CPD teaching on: Crashworthiness Structural Stability (buckling and post-buckling of thin-walled structures) Simulation for Crash and Impact Material Characterisation Aircraft Stress Analysis Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics
Dr Rui Ramos Cardoso Dr Rui Ramos Cardoso
Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering
Modelling for Manufacturing Modelling for Additive Layer Manufacturing Modelling of Cold Spray Processes Development of Innovative Numerical Methods Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics Aerodynamics Aircraft Design Aircraft Structures
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
Dr Tze Pei Chong Dr Tze Pei Chong
Reader/Industrial Placement Tutor
Dr Nenad Djordjevic Dr Nenad Djordjevic
Senior Lecturer in Structural Integrity
Dr Nenad Djordjevic is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University London, Research Centre Director (Centre for Assessment of Structures and Materials under Extreme Conditions) and a course director of an MSc programme with 15 years of experience in research and teaching. He has been working in the field of applied and computational mechanics on development of linear and non-linear numerical codes (FEM and SPH) for dynamic analysis of solids and structures. His teaching portfolio includes teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including the MSc programmes coordination, modules development and delivery, students projects supervision, and delivery of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses. Dr Nenad Djordjevic joined the Applied Mechanics and Astronautics Department at Cranfield University in 2007, where he obtained his PhD in Modelling of Inelastic Behaviour of Orthotropic Materials under Dynamic Loading Including High Velocity Impact in 2011. Having worked in the Applied Mechanics and Astronautics Department of Cranfield University for over five years, he joined Brunel and NSIRC as a Lecturer in Structural Integrity. Dr Nenad Djordjevic had been working in Applied Mechanics and Astronautics Department of Cranfield University for over five years, before he joined Brunel and NSIRC. The main area of Nenad’s research interests is development of constitutive models in the framework of thermodynamics and configurational mechanics, applicable to the metals and composites. In particular, his research is oriented towards the simulation of a range of impact and crashworthiness problems in the area of aerospace, naval and automotive industry, including bird strike, high velocity impact and fluid structure interaction problems. Another area of interest is design and application of experimental techniques developed for characterisation of dynamic behaviour of materials. Nenad has been involved in several European Framework programmes, such as TEMPUS, FP6 and FP7, Horizon2020 and a number of industrial projects, developed in collaboration with Rolls Royce, AWE, Lockheed Martin, Office of Naval Research (USA) etc. He is a co-author of seven papers, published in high impact journals, and twelve publications presented in the international conferences. Dr Nenad Djordjevic is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy and has obtained PGCert in Higher Education. Nenad has over 15 years of experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Whilst at Cranfield University, he was leader of the Impact Dynamics, and the Advanced Composites Analysis and Simulation modules that were delivered as a part of the Advanced Lightweight Structures and Impact (ALSI) and Astronautics and Space Engineering (ASE) Masters programmes. He was also involved with teaching on Finite Elements (theoretical and practical parts), Structural Mechanics and Structural Dynamics. Nenad was a supervisor for over 50 MSc Individual Research Projects and a supervisor for six PhD students. Nenad continues to contribute to teaching on the NSIRC based MSc programmes and MEng and MSc in Aerospace engineering and his current teaching modules include: Numerical Modelling of Solids and Structures; Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue Analysis; Stress Analysis; Advanced Composite Materials Analysis; Dynamics of PEtroleum Structures; Design and Construction of Installation; Design and Analysis of Aerospace Vehicles;
Dr Xinli Du Dr Xinli Du
Senior Lecturer in Robotics & Autonomous Systems
Dr Xinli Du joined Brunel Institute for Bioengineering as a Research Lecturer in August 2010. Xinli’s PhD degree was awarded by Loughborough University (U.K.) Control Systems Research Group in 2008. He then joined Aston University working as a Research Associate. His research has focused on smart surgical tools and multiple sensing technology. Some successful projects include a surgical robotic micro-drill and a smart tackle sensing surface. Robotic Surgery
Dr Alvin Gatto Dr Alvin Gatto
Senior Lecturer/UG Course Director
Senior Lecturer in Aerospace 2015-present Teaching Qualifications: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Experimental and Computational AerodynamicsFlight Physics ME2606 – Aircraft performance and controlME2605/3605 – Principles of Aircraft Design (flight mechanics)ME3602 - FEA, CFD and Design of Engineering Systems (Design)ME3616 – Aircraft flight testing and Analysis
Dr Marius Gintalas Dr Marius Gintalas
Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Dr Marius Gintalas obtained his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering studying fracture toughness measurement methods under impact load. He continued research in fracture mechanics field on crack tip constraint in specimens and large scale pipes as a postdoctoral research associate at Manchester University. Later, Marius joined the University of Cambridge for his second postdoctoral project. He worked on characterisation of heavily plastically deformed martensitic carbon steel using transmission electron microscopy and synchrotron radiation. Also, analysed strengthening mechanisms in non-deformed and deformed quenched and tempered martensite. Marius joined The Welding Institute (TWI) Ltd as a senior project leader after postdoctoral period of five years. In 2020 returned to academia as a lecturer at Brunel University, National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC).
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.
Dr Carola Koenig Dr Carola Koenig
Vice Dean (International) / Senior Lecturer
Carola König is Vice Dean International and a Senior Lecturer in the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London. Following her degree in Mechanical Engineering (Dipl-Ing) from the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 1992 and a short period in the automotive industry she obtained a PhD from Brunel in 1998. Her expertise is in Fluid Mechanics, including CFD, within a variety of multi-disciplinary environments which comprise biomedical and bioprocess engineering as well as thermofluids engineering. Prior to her international role she was Course Director of Brunel’s Flood and Coastal Engineering programmes, a programme suite of both, undergraduate and postgraduate courses sponsored by the Environment Agency and co-delivered with HR Wallingford, a renowned, independent civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation. In conjunction to that role, her research has widened to include also adaptation to climate change, such as flooding, sea level rise and health. She is a Charted Engineer and Member of the IMechE where she is the immediate past Chair of the Thermofluids Group and a member of its Climate Change Adaptation Working Group. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of the Higher Education Academy and has a keen interest in education management. two-phase flow modelling related to countercurrent chromatography (CCC) cardiovascular flows and prostheses biological network flows in health and disease, particularly diabetes respiratory flows plume flow modelling with chemical reaction modelling Fluid Mechanics Biofluid Mechanics Artificial Organs Building Services and Heat Transfer Equipment Environmental Hydraulics and Design
Dr Brian Mckay Dr Brian Mckay
Reader (Teaching & Research)
Dr Brian McKay is currently a senior lecturer in BCAST at Brunel University. Prior to this he was a university assistant at the Institute of Casting Research (ICR), University of Leoben, Austria (2003-2009) and a research fellow at UMIST (2003). He obtained his DPhil from Oxford University, MSc from The Queen’s University of Belfast and BEng from the University of Ulster. He has over 20 years’ experience in solidification research with 1 Patent on novel metal composites (UK Patent No. 1714401.5), 1 trademarked product (Basaltium), and over 30 papers and two co-edited monographs published in the field. His main expertise lies in the fields of castings, composites, interfaces, coatings, and their characterisation using advanced electron microscopy techniques. Whilst his research interests in the past have been centred on understanding heterogeneous nucleation during solidification, these interests now also include Metal Matrix Composites/Nano-composites, Powder Metallurgy and Electroplating. Over the past 9 years Brian has been involved in 11 successful grant awards totalling ~£30M. He is currently PI on a new €11M Horizon 2020 project LightMe, was the Co-ordinator and PI of a €1.6M EU-FP7 grant, HardAlt, involving 12 partners from 6 countries that focused on finding an alternative nano-composite coating for Hard Chrome, a CoI on the £4.5M EPSRC - LiME grant that investigated solidification mechanisms, PI on the £150k “Characterization and Processing of High Thermal Conducting Al-MMCs” grant sponsored by the Korean Institute of Technology (KITECH) that examined the potential of CNT MMCs for High Power Light emitting Diodes (HPLeD’s), PI on the £300k STORM Innovate UK/EPSRC in which a new composite Al core was produced for offshore marine energy mooring connectors and Co-I on the £10M EPSRC Manufacturing Hub grant. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Institute of Cast Metal Engineers and has sat on the Technical/Educational Board of the latter as an adviser since 2012. In addition he is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Cast Metal Engineers. Over the years Brian has collaborated with many companies including, LSM, BMW, Alcoa and Alcan. He has given several invited presentations throughout Europe and in 2006 he received a TMS Magnesium Application Award for his work in nucleation and more recently has been a recipient of the Rushlight Responsible Product or Service Award 2017-18 for the STORM connector. Metal Matrix Composites. Basalt Fibres. Nanoparticles. Heterogeneous Nucleation. Grain Refinement. Interfaces. Casting Practices. Electron Microscopy. Current Research Projects Basalt Fibre Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites, O. Adole, T. Minton, L. Anguilano, B. McKay ForeSea Forensic Characterisation Analysis of Offshore Marine Energy Converters, O. Adole, N. Nelson, T. Minton, B. McKay, L. Anguilano LightMe State-of-the-art Industrial Ecosystem for Lightweight Metal Composite Castings, A. Jacot, D. Eskin, E. Nyberg, B. McKay Module Leader, ME0080 Materials Science L0 (20 Credits) (2016-Present) Module Leader, Fundamentals of Metallurgy L6 (2017-Present) Lecturer Fundamentals of Metal Processing L6 (2017-Present) Lecturer, ME1331 Engineering Materials and Design, Manufacturing and Electrical Machines - Castings (2017) Supervisor, ME5500 Dissertation (2016-Present)
Dr Alireza Mousavi Dr Alireza Mousavi
Graduated as BEng with equivalent of first class from Tehran Azad University in Industrial Engineering, Planning and Analysis of Systems in 1994. I worked first as placement and then full time in Automotive Industry Management Consultancy from 1992-1996. In 1996 I joined the Postgraduate Research programme (PhD) of the well-known Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Systems of Brunel University with a scholarship from the University. I obtained my PhD in May 2000. In year October 1999, I was appointed as an RA on an EPSRC/MAFF project MEATRAC – where I developed a fully novel monitoring and control system using Sensors & Actuation, SCADA, PLC, RFID Technology, and Enterprise Data Management System for 100% Tracking and Traceability of Meat products. It was successfully delivered in mid-2002. From May 2002, I was appointed as a lecturer in the same department and to date have covered a wide range of teaching and supervising UG and PG projects in subject areas ranging from mathematics, software engineering, software development, systems modelling & probability theory, control, and embedded systems. The modules covered all undergraduate and postgraduate years, and taught in a highly international and diverse cohort of students. I contribute to a wide range of classical (e.g. mathematics, probability theory, queuing theory, discrete systems, software development) and modern subjects (e.g. Machine Learning, AI, Applied Control, and Cyberphyisical systems) at the Departments of Computer Science, Electronic and Copter Engineering as well as Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering with the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences. My current research activities are concentrated on digital transformation and smartification of Industrial Systems, especially within the Industry 4.0 context covering sensors-actuation, signal processing and feature extraction, machine learning, modelling, control and optimisation. For complete list of publications and other information please visit my website: Systems Engineering REsearch Group (SERG) Website: University site about SERG ( Special Announcement: SERG is Recruiting Research Assistants, Fellows and PhD students in the areas of Automation, Control, Sensors and Actuation, Mathematical Modelling and Optimisation, Machine Learning & AI, and Software Engineering (contact me for details) · Real-Time Systems encompassing Data Acquisition, Sensitivity Analysis, and Systems Modelling. We are engaged with Machine Tools Manufacturer, Continuous Systems Process, Micro-Electronics, Laser and Opto-Electronics Fabrication and Manufacturing, Penetrating and Surface Technology detection and Quality Inspection, Aerospace and Aviation (Flight Data Analysis, Scenario Analysis, Fault Diagnostics, and Predictive Maintenance), Automotive (Control and Optimisation of Safety Systems). Further applications in real-time performance monitoring and optimisation of Power Plants and Factory Performance Optimisation. (see Publications and Activities) · Systems Modelling and Simulation: Application of discrete event modelling and simulation for measuring and optimisation of plant/shopfloor performance optimisation. Measurement of key performance indicators in industrial systems including manufacturing, health care, retail, logistics, and service industry. Linking internal resource performance with external and environmental factors (secondary models) such as customer satisfaction, environmental impact and complex socio-economics factors. . Data-Driven Learning Predictive Systems Failure, Risk and Threat modelling including physical and digital systems i.e. machines, networked machines (process), and systems of systems. · Mathematical Modelling and Computing: Application of Physical (in forms of Transfer Functions), analytical, stochastic and heuristic modelling in describing and controlling complex systems and presenting them in the form of software tools. For more information: Systems Engineering REsearch Group (SERG) Website: UG Teaching My Teaching responsibilities started in the Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Systems and at present I teach in three Departments of Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE), Mechanical and Aerospase Engineering (MAE), and Computer Science (CS). Previously I was module leader (ML) of Manufacturing Systems (2003-2008) [average cohort size 80, contact hours: 72], Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (2003-2014) [average cohort size 50, contact hours: 128], Mobile Computing (2005-2012) [average cohort size 50, contact hours: 72], Electronic Business Systems (2008-2018) [average cohort size 50, contact hours: 72], and shared the Programming and Web Development for Digital Media (2008-2018) [average cohort size 70, contact hours: 48]. PG Teaching Module Leader for Systems Modelling and Simulation (also a full online interactive and video module, separate from the classical teaching mode) [average cohort size 200, contact hours: 120, for Engineering Management, Advanced Manufacturing Systems courses, FT, PT, DL and Interactive Pro], Module Leader for Project Control and Management (2015- to date) [average cohort size 90 in UK and Germany, contact hours: 96], contributing to (30%) to Embedded Systems and Control (2016-to date) [average cohort size 30, contact hours: 36]. Previous module leader of Advanced Manufacturing Systems (2003-2008) [average cohort size 200, contact hours: 72, Engineering Management, Advanced Manufacturing systems courses FT, PT and DL modes] and Advanced Mobile Computing and Web Applications (2005-2013) [average cohort size 30, contact hours: 48].
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)
Dr James Tyacke Dr James Tyacke
Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering (Aerodynamics)
As Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering, I am primarily interested in Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of complex flows including Urban Air Mobility Vehicles (Air Taxis), Jet Aeroacoustics, Turbomachinery, Electronics Cooling and Geothermal Energy. Multi-fidelity modelling underpins these areas, both in terms of turbulence modelling and geometry representation. Modern High Performance Computing (HPC) architectures are also being leveraged for both simulation and analysis of large data sets (Big Data), revealing unsteady flow physics. Further interests include increasing CFD automation, including mesh generation and optimisation, solution analysis and feedback into knowledge-based systems using Machine Learning and AI. I am currently looking for students to complete a PhD under EPSRC DTP funding at Brunel University London or those who are self-funded. A range of projects are possible, focusing on multi-fidelity Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Example projects: DTP funding details: Research degree funding: External funding: My interests lie in tackling challenging (often) complex geometry flows using LES and HPC and the use of hybrid LES-RANS to reduce computational cost. Wider research includes solver technology, utilising both second and higher order numerical methods to enable selective application of the best tools for industrial use and to understand detailed flow physics. Detailed datasets can then also be exploited to improve lower order design modelling. ME5563 Aerospace MSc group design projects (module leader and supervisor) ME3621 Applied Fluid Dynamics (and CFD) ME2619 Aerodynamics ME5500 Mechanical/Aerospace/Automotive Engineering MSc dissertation supervision ME3309/3399/3620 Mechanical/Aerospace/Automotive Engineering final year dissertation supervision BE1707 Statics and Dynamics
Professor Rade Vignjevic Professor Rade Vignjevic
Professor - Structural Integrity
Professor Rade Vignjevic joined Brunel from Cranfield University, where he was Head of the Applied Mechanics and Astronautics Department. His area of technical expertise includes nonlinear transient finite element method, SPH, impact mechanics, crashworthiness and structural integrity. Together with his research team, they have achieved international recognition for work on modelling the transient response of materials and structures, specifically meshless methods; impact and crashworthiness of aerospace structures; and shock waves and damage in metals and composites. Professor Vignjevic’s research interests over the last 25 years, have been focused on solids and structures under extreme loading and resulted in the output of over 70 journal papers. This includes the development of first principle-based simulation tools for analysis and the simulation based design (SBD) of structures including structural integrity, safety, crashworthiness and impact resistance. To be precise, Professor Vignjevic has been working on two important modelling aspects: i) development of improved constitutive models; and ii) improved spatial discretisation techniques. These two aspects combined are the key enablers for accurate modelling of progressive damage and failure in solids and structures. His research has contributed to the improvement of simulation tools applicable to range of industrial problems. Rade, his team and students have been working with a number of companies in dealing with challenging engineering problems. For instance bird strike on fan blades with Rolls Royce; aircraft (fixed wing and rotorcraft) ditching and crash worthiness with AIRBUS, Westland Helicopters and EUROCOPTER; modelling of shockwaves in solids with AWE; car crashworthiness with JLR, Aston Martin, Mercedes PETRONAS and Williams F1teams; and high velocity impact on composite structures with BAE Systems and AIRBUS. Professor Vignjevic, Dip.Ing. in Mechanical Engineering, MSc and PhD in Applied Mechanics, is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was Head of the Department of Applied Mechanics and Head of the Crashworthiness Impact and Structural Mechanics Group at Cranfield University and has over twenty five years of experience in postgraduate teaching, training and supervision of Masters and PhD students. At Cranfield University he delivered a number of modules including: Finite Element Method Impact Dynamics Continuum Mechanics Rade continues to contribute to teaching in the MSc Structural Integrity Course based at NSIRC, Granta Park and his current teaching modules include: Numerical Modelling of Solids and Structures Continuum mechanics (next academic year)
Dr Mingfeng Wang Dr Mingfeng Wang
Lecturer in Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Academic Career Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Brunel University London, 2021 - present. Research Fellow, Rolls-Royce UTC in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, 2017-2021. Senior Research Associate, National Centre for Precision Farming, Harper Adams University, 2016-2017. Academic and Professional Qualifications B.Eng. (Hons), Central South University, China, 2008. M.Sc. (Distinction), Central South University, China, 2012. P.hD., University of Cassino and South Lazio, Italy, 2016. FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK, 2023. CEng, Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council UK, 2022. Research Expertise and Interests Continuum robotic systems for in-situ maintenance (inspection and repair) in confined environments(e.g. aeroengine and nuclear). Legged robotic systems with parallel mechanisms (e.g. humanoid and hexapod robots). Precision farming robotic systems (e.g. laser weeding robot). Miniaturised robotic systems (e.g. capsule robot) Research Grants PI: “Machine learning based overall performance optimisation for railway fluids service robots", Brunel Research Initiative & Enterprise Fund (BRIEF), £14,835, 06/2022-12/2023. PI, "Optimal design of a walking machine for in-situ maintenance and repair in hazardous environments", Impact Acceleration Account - Brunel University (EPSRC EP/R511493/1), £25,000, 03/2022-03/2023. PI: "Self-coordinated Locomotion and Manipulation of the RAIN-Hex", Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear (EPSRC EP/R026084/1), £36,834.11, 11/2021-03/2022. Co-I, "Coordinated whole-body control and overall performance optimisation for a mobile snake-like robotic arm", International Exchanges 2020 Cost Share (NSFC) (IEC/NSFC/201279), £12,000, 03/2021-03/2022. Co-I, "In-situ sampling for inspection of pressurised water reactor using RAIN-Hex robot", Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear (EPSRC EP/R026084/1), £25,000, 06/2020-12/2020. Co-I, "Self-calibration system to enhance machining capability of the RAIN-Hex", Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear (EPSRC EP/R026084/1), £25,000, 06/2019-02/2020. PI, "Comprehensive modelling of slender continuum robots using twin-pivot compliant joints", Through-life performance: From science to instrumentation (EPSRC EP/P027121/1), £83,000, 06/2019-05/2019. Award BRIEF award, Brunel Research Initiative and Enterprise Fund, 2022 Best paper post nomination, Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems Conference (TAROS), 2022 Best paper of Year 2021, Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties, 2022 Best paper award, IFToMM Asian Mechanisms and Machine Science Conference (Asian-MMS), 2014. IFToMM Young Delegates Programm, 2014, 2015. Excellent Student Scholarship in Lazio, Italy, 2013/14, 2014/15. Dr Wang is engaged in teaching and project supervision at the undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) levels with the following modules: UG Modules: ME3624 - Introduction to Robotics and AI Applications in Engineering (module contributor, 50% of full module) ME3620 - BEng Major Individual Project (supervision) ME3623 - Group Design Project (supervision) PG Modules: MN5674 - Robotics and Automation (module leader) ME5500 - MSc Dissertation Project (supervision) ME5308/EE5098 - MEng Group Project (supervision)
Dr Jan Wissink Dr Jan Wissink
Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering
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)
Dr Esmaeel Esmaeeli Dr Esmaeel Esmaeeli
Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Esmaeel is a Lecturer in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Before joining Brunel University London, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Queen's University Belfast (QUB) funded by the prestigious Horizon2020 Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship (€183,454). In this project the innovative rapid and reliable post-tensioning solution, SMArtPlate, was developed for strengthening of reinforced concrete (RC) structures, such as bridges. Thanks to the €48,000 scholarship awarded to his PhD proposal by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), the Hybrid Composite Plate (HCP) - another innovative system for retrofitting RC structures - was conceptualized and developed in ISISE (Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering), Civil Engineering Department, University of Minho. HCP utilises the synergetic advantages of Strain Hardening Cementitious Composite (SHCC) and Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) to provide higher durability and connection reliability to structural strengthening practices than that of conventional systems, such as FRP and TRM. During his MSc, Esmaeel developed a novel seismic strengthening technique, composed of GFRP wet layup and steel profiles, for seismic strengthening of deficient RC beam-column joints. This MSc thesis was developed at K. N. Toosi University of Technology in Tehran and in collaboration with International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology of Iran. Esmaeel has several years of consultancy experience. He was a team leader in projects dealing with the vulnerability assessment and strengthening of structures. Sustainable retrofitting solutions for concrete and masonry structures Vulnerability assessment of existing structures Advanced materials for sustainable construction Micro-mechanical modelling of fibre-reinforced cementitious composites Fresh state properties of fibre-reinforced cementitious composites Dynamic response of structures with the focus on extreme loads Computational mechanics Prestressed concrete structures Constitutive laws and analytical models of composite materials Mechanics of contact surfaces CE5607 Advanced Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Design CE5606 Advanced Construction Materials and Structural Retrofitting Technology CE2003 Structural Mechanics
Dr Michael Rustell Dr Michael Rustell
Lecturer in Structural Engineering
Michael is a chartered civil engineer (CEng MICE) who holds an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in artificial intelligence in design automation of civil infrastructure. He has spent the past 8 years in industry working in ports and marine, oil & gas and nuclear industries and was a lead data scientist for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region at AECOM prior to joining Brunel. Michaels interests include: deep learning, machine learning and data science in civil engineering, natural language processing, design automation and stochastic design methods. Design automation Machine learning, Deep Learning and Data Science in civil engineering Stochastic design methods
Dr Mei Yin Dr Mei Yin
Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Mei Yin obtained a PhD degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Cambridge University working on the submarine landslides both experimentally and numerically. Her research was funded by BP. She worked as a geotechnical engineer with AECOM in their Bedford Office and was involved in the geotechnical design and construction aspects of a number of projects including Platform, Retaining Wall Designs for Hinckley Point C; Embankments, Cutting slope design, and Bridge foundation designs for transportation projects in Folder Valley Linked Road and A428, etc.. She started her academic career as a lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at Brunel University London. THM coupling analysis of energy infrastructure (geothermal) Offshore deposits and soft marine clays Physical and numerical modelling Subsea pipeline soil interaction assessment, Monitoring of civil engineering infrastructure by using advanced sensors. Mei is currently delivering Soil Mechanics (undergradute course), Geoenvironment Engineering (Master course), MEng project.
Professor Hua Zhao Professor Hua Zhao
Pro Vice Chancellor - Research
Academic Responsibilities Vice-Provost and Dean, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Former Vice Dean Research, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Director, Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels (CAPF) Former Head of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Former Course directors for BEng/MEng Degrees in Motorsport Engineering, MSc in Automotive and Motorsport Engineering Former faculty advisor for Brunel Formula Student and Brunel Master Racing teams Academic Qualification and Honours BEng, Tianjin University, China. PhD, Leeds University, UK. FIMechE, Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK). DSc, Brunel University London. FSAE, Fellow of Society of Automotive Engineers (US) FREng, Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Academic Career College Research Fellow, Cambridge University, 1989-1992. Research Fellow, Imperial College of London, 1992-1994. Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Brunel University London, 1994-2001. Professor, Brunel University London, 2002-now. Research Leadership Professor Zhao has published over 400 papers and 6 books on IC engines and laser diagnostics in combustion engines. He has successfully supervised over 40 PhD and postdoctoral researchers. His research covers both spark ignition and compression ignition engines and their fuels. Over the last two decades, he has carried out collaborative research and development projects with a number of international companies in Europe and China and chaired many international conferences.
Dr George Fern Dr George Fern
Academic Director of ETC / Reader
George Fern is a chemist by background who has worked in engineering since 2006. He has a broad skills set in developing and delivering collaborative research and development projects with industry, from inorganic and organic materials chemistry to their integration into polymeric materials and electronic devices. His research focus is on opto-electronic materials and devices for applications ranging from horticulture to displays and lighting. He has a keen interest in materials characterisation and is the Academic Director of the Experimental Techniques Centre and Director of the Wolfson Centre for Sustainable Materials Processing and Characterisation. He is a Chartered Chemist and Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society. Dr George Fern’s (GF) group has a focus to deliver exploitable knowledge and IP that is implemented for society by the many industry partners across a diverse range of applications, e.g. micro-displays, radiation sensors to plastic films. He has been researching luminescent and nano materials since 1998 and polymers since 2006, with industry and academia on funded IUK/TSB/DTI/EPSRC/NERC/BBSRC/BC, synchrotron and industry projects. His laboratories are exceptionally well equipped with chemistry synthetic labs, UHV processing for organic (clean room) and inorganic materials, polymer processing, optical and mechanical analytical laboratories. He is particularly interested in the characterisation of luminescent materials and composites properties using Brunel’s world class electron microscopy facilities available in ETC. Current Research Interests and recent projects Development and integration of luminescent materials for automatic sorting machine food packaging labels and processing of recycled polymer. This project is supported by various industry partners including the NEXTLOOPP network who he collaborates to ‘close the loop on food grade polypropylene’. Providing the 30% recycled content for food packing (PFP): An integrated stakeholder approach to solving 'hard to recycle' plastic packaging, G Fern (PI), L Henderson, K Tarverdi, D Smith, NERC, 2020-2022, £458,436. PRISM, J Silver (PI), GR Fern, K Tarverdi, EPSRC, 2015-2018, £166,565. Development of horticultural polymers and propagation systems. Development of opto-materials, compounding, formulation of polymer/composite/nano-composites and extrusion processing and materials testing. Sustainable polymers, recycling and mitigation strategies. PURELIGHT (132743), Horticultural Film/masterbatch development, IUK, G Fern (PI), J Silver and K Tarverdi, 2017-2020, £246,293. LIGHTWAY (132746), Artificial lighting for plant and algae growth, IUK, Dr Fern (PI), Prof Silver and K Tarverdi, 2017-2020, £246,053. AgriFlex: Human-Centred Design for Sustainable Agricultural Plastics E. Pei (PI), G Fern, K Tarverdi, IUK, 2021, £39,636. COVID-Secure High Street Work Stores, M Themis (PI), K Tarverdi, G Fern, IUK, 2020-2021, £75,369. Additional funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the EPSRC IAA account have also been secured to support impact generation in these areas, 08/21-01/22. Opto-electronic Devices for lighting and sensors FEUD - Field Emission Ultraviolet Device, G Fern (PI) and D Smith, UKRI, 2021-2022, £224,826 High Temperature Radiation Hard Detectors, EPSRC (EP/L504671/1) Ultra high vacuum processing/coating of commercially sourced electronic grade diamond wafers and assembly into ionising radiation sensors for use at elevated temperatures up to 250oC, 2013-2016, £637,000. Organic Lighting and Displays (OLED) Enabling technologies for Cd-free Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diode Displays and Signage (Qandela), (28271) Dr Fern (PI) IUK, 2019-2021, £528,000. CL2600 Engineering Chemistry (Module Leader) BE1603 Enginering Materials Academic Leader for the Formula Student Projects (ICE and Electric Teams) (2006-2021) ME0601 Communications, Projects and Electronics (Module Leader) (2006-2021) Prior to joining Brunel University I taught across a range of Chemistry subjects as a lecturer/senior lecturer at Greenwich Univeristy (1998-2005)
Dr Peter Hewitson Dr Peter Hewitson
Senior Lecturer
Peter Hewitson is a Process Engineer at Brunel University London in the Department of Chemical Engineering. His research focuses on the scale up of continuous liquid-liquid extraction technology allowing large-scale separations of novel chemicals and bio-molecules for use by the pharmaceuticals industry. His PhD studies centred on the comparison of Intermittent Liquid-Liquid Counter-current Extraction to Isocratic and Continuous Counter-current Extraction and the scale-up of these technologies. He previously worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Kodak Ltd European Research Laboratories. While there he developing novel photographic media, flexible displays and solar cell technology with patent filings across these applications before transferring to Brunel University London. Liquid-Liquid Extraction Counter-current Chromatography and Scaleup Photographic Systems and Media Flexible Conductive Circuits and Flexible Solar Cells Foundation ME0080 - Material Engineering Laboratories (2015/16 - 2017/18) Level 4 BE1602 - Engineering Practice (2019/20) ME1332 - Introduction to Engineering Design - (2016/17 - 2018/19) - Module Leader 2018/19 ME1334 - Aerospace laboratories (2015/16 - 2018/19) Level 5 CL2555 - Student Placement Coordinator - Module Leader (2020/21 - ongoing) CL2602 - Chemical EngineersToolbox - Process Control Labs (2020/21) ME2555 - Student Placement Supervision (2015/16 - 2017/18) Level 6 CL3606 - Process Design and Safety II - Module Leader (2021/22 - ongoing) CL3605 - Chemical Engineering Design Project Supervision (2021/22 - ongoing) ME3309/3399 - Final Year Project Supervision (2015/16 - 2017/18) Level 7 CL5600 - Bioprocess Design Project (2020/21 - ongoing) CL5602 - Innovation Toolbox - Leadership, management and research methods - Module Leader (2020/21- ongoing) CL5608 - Bioprocess Engineers Toolbox - Module Leader (2020/21 - ongoing) CL5609 - Bioprocess Practice - Module Leader (2020/21 - ongoing) ME5308 - MEng Group Project Supervision (2017/18) ME5500/5560 - MSc Project Supervision (2014/15-2017/18)
Dr Svetlana Ignatova Dr Svetlana Ignatova
Reader - Advanced Bioprocessing
Dr Svetlana Ignatova is a senior applications scientist at Brunel Institute for Bioengineering (BIB), Brunel University, London, UK. She specialises in separation and concentration techniques, particularly those involving liquid-liquid extraction and chromatography. After she graduated from Chemistry Department of Moscow State University (Russia) in 1993, she started her research career by specialising in Counter-Current Chromatography (CCC), focussing on CCC theory and its application to inorganic and radioactive analysis. Pioneering studies on the hydrodynamics of two-phase liquid systems in CCC were the foundation of her PhD, awarded in 2001 from the Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences. Later this research continued within a European INTAS programme between Russia, UK (Brunel Institute for Bioengineering (BIB) at Brunel University) and France ( Université Claude Bernard). In 2003, Dr Ignatova joined Brunel University, playing an important role in BIB’s development of CCC technology from “home-made” to “industrial competitive” and in its scale-up from analytical to pilot scale through the various separation trials carried out for the National Cancer Institute (USA), Pfizer, Syngenta, Shell and GSK. Her current research interests focus on new applications of novel liquid-liquid extraction technology and in particular: herbal extract separations, enantiomers/chiral separations, ionic liquids and nanoparticles. She is also performing research on novel processing techniques which become possible when both mobile and stationary phases are liquid. One example of this is intermittent counter-current extraction (ICcE), a patented process which can concentrate and isolate active leads from natural products including Chinese herbal medicine. Dr Ignatova is currently involved in a number of collaborative exchange programmes with China the most active being with Tsinghua University ( Beijing, China) and Sichuan University (Chengdu, China). Recently Dr Ignatova has been appointed secretary of sub-group WP7 (regulatory issues) of “Good Practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine (GP-TCM) in the post genomic era” as part of EU Framework 7 on Globalization of TCM and is the senior applications scientist on a £1.5m UK government funded high value manufacturing research program on “scalable technology for the extraction of pharmaceuticals (STEP)” with a consortium including GSK, Pfizer and Dynamic Extractions.
Dr Salman Masoudi Soltani Dr Salman Masoudi Soltani
Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering
I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor in the US system) in Chemical Engineering. In May 2017, I joined Brunel University London as a founding member of the new Chemical Engineering Department, on the team in charge of the design and development of the Programme. I am a Chartered Engineer (CEng/MIChemE) with both industrial and academic research backgrounds in chemical and process engineering. I am also a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK, and the Postgraduate Research Director with the Department of Chemical Engineering. My research area is mainly centred on Separation Processes & Reaction Engineering (with a focus on adsorption processes & Process Design & Modelling). I have led a number of major research projects on and around carbon capture and hydrogen production, funded via Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC), and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), along with a number of industrial consultancy projects, the details of which have been included under the "Research" tab of this profile. In 2022, my research was featured in the prestigious Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)' magazine (The Chemical Engineer). You can find more about my research group & research laboratory by visiting my research group website. Before joining Brunel University London, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Department of Chemical Engineering (Clean Fossil & Bioenergy Research Group) at Imperial College London, UK (07/2015 – 05/2017), contributing to several EPSRC as well as EU- and OECD-consultancy projects (Opening New Fuels for UK Generation; Gas-FACTS; CO2QUEST) in the realms of biomass combustion and the modelling and optimisation of CO2 capture & utilisation processes - in Professor Paul Fennell's research group and in collaboration with Professor Niall Mac Dowell and Professor Nilay Shah. In March 2017, I received the prestigious endorsement as the Exceptional Talent in Chemical Engineering by the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. Prior to this, I worked as a Postdoctoral Knowledge Transfer Partnership Research Associate with Dr Shenyi Wu (Fluids and Thermal Engineering Research Group) at the University of Nottingham, UK (08/2013 – 07/2015), during which, I was fully based at A-Gas International ltd. production site in Bristol (UK), where I worked as a Project/Process Engineer on a major joint engineering research and process design project, involving the research, front end engineering design (FEED), detailed design, and development of a bespoke industrial-scale gas separation process. I was awarded the University of Nottingham Scholarship to study for a PhD in Chemical Engineering (2011 - 2014). I conducted my research with the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus where I studied the effects of pyrolysis conditions on the structure of porous carbonaceous adsorbents synthesised from recycled waste, and the effect of subsequent surface modification on heavy metal removal from aqueous media. Prior to this, I was awarded an MSc (2005 - 2008) in Chemical Engineeing (with a focus on Separation Processes), and a BSc (2000 - 2005) also in Chemical Engineering (with a focus on Natural Gas Processing), from Iran University of Science & Technology (IUST) and Ferdowsi University, respectively. Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) Combined Hydrogen Production and Carbon Capture Processes Synthesis of Adsorbents and Their Applications in Separation Processes CL2605 – Chemical Reaction Engineering (module leader) CL2607 – Separation Processes 1 (module leader) CL1620 – Chemical Engineering Introduction (Thermodynamics Section) BE1603 – Engineering Systems and Energy (Thermodynamics Section) ME1301 – Fundamentals of Thermofluids (Thermodynamics Section) ME3309 – Major Individual Project
Professor Sergey Mikhailov Professor Sergey Mikhailov
Professor - Applied Mathematics and Analysis
MSc from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University), Moscow-Dolgoprudnyi, Russia PhD from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University), Moscow-Dolgoprudnyi, Russia DrSc from Institute for Problems in Mechanics, Academy of Sci. of the USSR, Moscow, Russia Joined Brunel University London in 2006
Dr Simon Shaw Dr Simon Shaw
Simon Shaw is a reader in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, and belongs to the Applied and Numerical Analysis Research Group. He is also a member of the Structural Integrity theme of our Institute of Materials and Manufacturing, and of the Centre for Assessment of Structures and Materials under Extreme Conditions, and of the Centre for Mathematical and Statistical Modelling. Shaw was initially a craft mechanical engineering apprentice but (due to redundancy) left this to study for a mechanical engineering degree. After graduation he became an engineering designer of desktop dental X Ray processing machines, but later returned to higher education to re-train in computational mathematics. His research interests include computational simulation methods for partial differential Volterra equations and, in this and related fields, he has published over thirty research papers. He is currently involved in an interdisciplinary project that is researching the potential for using computational mathematics as a noninvasive means of screening for coronary artery disease. Personal home page: Computational Science, Engineering and Mathematics: finite element and related methods. Dispersive media (viscoelasticity and lossy dielectrics); deep neural nets and machine learning.
Dr Mike Warby Dr Mike Warby
Lecturer (Education) in Mathematics
Michael Warby is a lecturer in Mathematical Sciences and he is a member of BICOM (Brunel institute of Computational Mathematics). He completed an undergraduate degree in Mathematics at the University of Kent in 1980 and he then moved to Brunel University London to do a MSc in Numerical Analysis which was completed in 1981. He then stayed at Brunel to do a PhD with the title \"Bergman kernel methods and the numerical conformal mapping of simply and doubly connected domains\" which was completed in 1984. In 1984 he then joined BICOM as a Post Doc and during the 1980s and 1990s he worked on several projects all of which have involved using the finite element method and several projects have been partly funded by companies who use the thermoforming process. Work in this area continued when he became a lecturer when he was a principal investigator of the EPSRC funded project ``Computational Modelling of Thermoforming and In-Mould-Decoration Processes\'\' during 1999--2002 which involved the company Autotype. With a reasonably broad mathematical and computational background and with many years of experience with programming he has taught a wide range of modules.
Dr Kevin Hughes Dr Kevin Hughes
Senior Lecturer in Structural Integrity
Dr Kevin Hughes graduated from Cranfield University where he obtained an MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering, prior to achieving his PhD in improving helicopter crashworthiness for impacts on water. Kevin has extensive experience in teaching (including development and delivery of new modules) at MSc / Continued Professional Development level, Operating as an MSc Course Director since 2005, Kevin achieved Senior Fellow status with the Higher Education Academy and has supervised over eighty MSc industry supported dissertation projects to completion. Kevin's research interests are focused on the development of numerical simulation methods for non-linear structural analysis (including crashworthiness), which includes coupling finite element analysis to optimisation methods. Utilising high fidelity modelling of structures and materials has led to research colloborations within automotive, aerospace and rail sectors. Kevin’s research started with improving the level of crashworthiness for helicopters impacting onto hard and water surfaces through his PhD, which led to his interest in applying non-linear transient numerical simulation methods (mesh based and mesh free) to understand the response of structures and materials to a range of dynamic loading. Applications include the use of optimisation approaches to develop robust design solutions (by taking into account sources of uncertainty) for industrially sponsored research / EU collaborative projects. This led to Kevin’s involvement with a number of companies with challenging engineering problems, including Jaguar Landrover and Aston Martin related to car crashworthiness, failure assessment for Network Rail and led to a product to market by developing protection concepts for electronic devices in conjunction with Logitech (resulting in a US Patent). Prior to moving to Brunel University London, Kevin has been involved with post-graduate and CPD training for the past ten years, which is based around the application of non-linear numerical simulation methods and optimisation approaches to understand the response of structures and materials to dynamic loading, and provides M-Level modules in the following areas: Structural Mechanics Introduction to Integral Vehicle Structures Material Characterisation for Simulation Simulation for Impact and Crashworthiness Applied Finite Element Modelling Advanced Computer Aided Engineering
Dr Quan Long Dr Quan Long
Senior Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics
Dr Jun Xia Dr Jun Xia
Senior Lecturer in Advanced Mechanical Engineering
Dr Edward Smith Dr Edward Smith
Senior Lecturer in Fluid Dynamics
Edward Smith ( is a researcher working on multi-scale methods combining particle and continuum simulation. He earned his PhD at Imperial College London, developing theoretical and computational techniques for the coupled simulation of molecular dynamics (MD) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). After his PhD, he was awarded the post-doctoral excellence fellowship and published the first ever molecular dynamics simulation of near-wall turbulence. He spent time in Swinburne Australia working with experts in non-equilibrium molecular dynamics and statistical mechanics, before moving to Chemical Engineering at Imperial to work on multi-phase flow and the moving contact line. His next move was to Civil Engineering at Imperial to develop software (, linking particles and continuum flows for granular systems. He recently took up a position at Brunel University London as a lecturer in fluid dynamics. A developing idea: a complete 1D Navier-Stokes Solver on one page. Using Jupyter notebook to explain the complete discretisation of the Navier Stokes equations in 1D, explaining the simplest possible case (1D) how we can discretise our equations, issues with osciallations, (eventually) boundary conditions and the fractional step pressure solver. Multi-Scale Modelling Here are the notes for the continuum part of the multi-scale modelling course I taught 2017 and 2018. This was for masters students who have a background in a mathematical subject. Slides for the lectures, part one notes and part two notes two, as well as background notes. The lectures are available: Part one video, introduction to the continuum, differential equations and numerical solutions. Part two video, review of part one, more differential equations and an overview of the steps which lead the the Navier-Stokes equation. A white-board derivation video of the Navier-Stokes equation considering the link to molecular systems. Python Intro Course In order to address the lack of general Python teaching here at Imperial, I put together and gave a three part introduction course through the HPC support here at Imperial. This class was aimed at beginners and also for those who want to switch from Matlab to Python. Introduction to Python for scientific computing, 3/3/17 (Video) (Slides) (Solutions) Motivation for using Python. Introduction to programming in Python Python concepts (lists, iterators, etc) and discussion of the differences to other languages. Scientific libraries numpy and matplotlib. Examples of usage for scientific problems. Further details of the Python language, 10/3/17 (Video) (Slides) (Solutions) More on Python data structures: concepts like references, immutable, lists, data organisation with Dictionaries and numpy arrays. Use of functions and design of interfaces. Introduction to classes and objects. Structuring a project, importing modules and writing tests. Examples of usage for scientific problems. Python libraries, 17/3/17 (Video) (Slides) (Solutions) Using Python to read files (ascii, binary, hp5) and plot. Running parameter studies by calling executables repeatedly with subprocess. Designing a basic Graphical User Interface. Unit testing frameworks and version control. Other libraries and how to wrap your own code from fortran, c++, etc Further course details are available on my website:
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
Dr Kangkang Tang Dr Kangkang Tang
Senior Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr Kangkang Tang is a chartered civil and structural engineer (CEng MICE IStructE) and a senior lecturer leading the undergraduate civil engineering modules at Brunel University London. He is the course director of BEng Civil Engineering and BEng Civil Engineering with sustainablity. Dr Kangkang Tang is the course director of BEng Civil Engineering and BEng Civil Engineering with sustainablity. He is the module leaders of CE2003 Structural Mechanics, CE3003 Steel and Concrete, and CE3610 Design of Structural System.