Su Taylor

    Su Taylor

    Dean of Research

    Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 4010, +44 (0)28 9097 4635

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    I studied Building (Structural) Engineering at the University of Bath where I was sponsored by Bovis Construction Ltd under scholarship. I spent sometime in industry after graduation where I developed a full appreciation of design and construction which led to my Chartered Engineering status. I returned to academia and Queen's University to conduct research for my doctorate in Compressive Membrane Action in High Performance Concrete. Since this time, I have accumulated over ten years' experience in researching, developing and lecturing on issues associated with the built environment and I am currently a Senior Lecturer of Structural Engineering in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen's University. I have a track record in attracting research funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Technology Strategy Board, the Department of Transport and Knowledge Transfer Partnership. I have current follow-on funding from the EPSRC to develop fibre optic sensor for monitoring of offshore concrete structures. A prioritisation of my research and development is to safeguard the integrity of our built environment; the components and the end users and my research activity aims to promote this. I intend to advance the area of intelligent sensing technologies with the use of advanced concretes and composites in, and for, the built environment through collaborative research and to foster my external links both nationally and internationally. I have successfully balanced research and teaching and most recently was on the team responsible for the successful accreditation of MEng degrees by ICE and IStructE.

    Research Statement

    My aim is to develop intelligent sensing technologies and advanced concretes and composites in and for the built environment and to promote sustainable development. My current funding has enabled collaborative research in this area. My specific research interests are the application of Fibre Optic Sensors for structural and durability monitoring of concrete and timber structures, the development of low energy materials, the use of advanced composites in construction, structural analysis and CMA. I have published several papers and technical reports as outlined in the attached publication list. I currently supervise/co-supervise 8 PhD students, four research staff and have supervised successful PhD students. I have a successful track record in Knowledge Transfer and a recent partnership received a National Award for Engineering Excellence. I am also the Director and a founder member of a QUB spin-out company, Sengenia Ltd.


    I have significant teaching experience at University level and have supervised UG designs teams and MEng projects which have won top national prizes. I am currently the Programme co-ordinator for the MEng in Structural Engineering with Architecture which has seen the successful collaboration across disciplines.

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    Frequent Journals

    • Proceedings of ICE - Bridge Engineering

      ISSNs: 1478-4637

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1751-7664

      ICE Publishing Ltd.

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.271 SNIP 0.619


    • IEEE Sensors Journal

      ISSNs: 1530-437X

      Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.96 SJR 0.726 SNIP 1.709


    • Veterinary Record

      ISSNs: 0042-4900

      BMJ Publishing Group

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.402 SNIP 0.818


    • Construction and Building Materials

      ISSNs: 0950-0618

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 5.08 SJR 1.522 SNIP 2.369


    • Concrete (London)

      ISSNs: 0010-5317

      Concrete Society

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.1 SNIP 0


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