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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas:

Digital Manufacturing, Automated Design Methods, Through Life Engineering, Rotational Moulding, Supply Chain Modelling, Manufacturing Automation, Intelligent Autonomous Manufacturing Systems, Virtual Reality, Autonomous Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs).


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Research Focus

I have a strong background in computer aided methods in engineering both for education and research - particularly those related to engineering design / simulation and digital manufacturing. As digital manufacturing is now evolving to answer the needs of a fourth industrial revolution (I4.0) my simulation work spans cyber physical systems extending virtual methods beyond the manufacturing domain to take account of through life needs, advanced simulation based concepts around global supply chains and future, circular economies. My research activities include: robotic simulation integrated with advanced metrology methods, intelligent / adaptive factory & supply chain simulation, image recognition methods for automated system control, the development of novel automated fixturing systems and advanced digitalisation methods for polymer manufacturing. 


My current teaching responsibilites include taught modules for our Mechanical, Aerospace and Product Design Engineering students in Aircraft Design and Manufacturing Automation & Simulation.  I also supervise projects on our undergraduate and post graduate taught programmes covering themes and topics related to my ongoing research areas.

Previous teaching duties have included the development and delivery of Stage 3 & 4 modules in Digital Manufacturing, Design for Manufacture & Assemby, Aircraft Systems Engineering and Finite Element Analysis.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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