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Academic Staff Group Members

Dr Akinmolayan

Dr Folashade Akinmolayan
MEng, PhD, SFHEA

Lecturer in Engineering Science & Education
Primary research interests are: Student experience of teamwork as an indicator for employability skills; Engagement and retention of students within Engineering through active learning techniques; Cultural and social impacts on the approaches to learning; Diversity and inclusion within Engineering. Secondary research interests are: Process modelling and simulation; Clean Water Treatment processes.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7281     Email f.akinmolayan@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Althoefer

Prof Kaspar Althoefer
PhD

Co-director of Division of Mechanical Engineering, Robotics and Design /
Professor of Robotics Engineering
Professor Althoefer's research focuses on robot autonomy, soft robotics, modelling of tool-environment interaction dynamics, sensing and neuro-fuzzy-based sensor signal classification with applications in robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, rehabilitation, assistive technologies and human-robot interactions in the manufacturing environment.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3419     Email k.althoefer@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Bailey

Prof Colin Bailey
FREng, BEng, PhD, CEng, FICE, FIStructE, MIFireE

President and Principal
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5061     Email principal@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Birn-Jeffery

Dr Aleksandra Birn-Jeffery
MSci, PhD

Lecturer in Bioengineering
My research aims to understand how different movements are achieved across a variety of steady and non-steady tasks; in particular, how the mechanics and muscles are used to control movement. I apply this knowledge to differentiate healthy gait from injury and disease, by identifying these fundamental control priorities. Identification of these control priorities, and using these to discover markers for disease severity will help assess the effectiveness of different treatment interventions for gait deficits. Non-steady tasks, such as walking over obstacles are key to identifying these underlying control parameters.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3677     Email a.birn-jeffery@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Briggs

Dr Adrian Briggs
BSc (Eng) PhD (Lond)

Reader in Mechanical Engineering
Enhanced Heat Transfer, Two-Phase Flow, Condensation
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8876     Email a.briggs@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Buchan

Dr Andrew Buchan
BSc MSc PhD

Lecturer in Engineering Science
I design numerical models for predicting the behaviour and understanding the uncertainties in the operation of nuclear reactor cores and other nuclear processing facilities. In particular I develop mathematical models to accurately predict neutron and gamma transport within nuclear reactors, and couple these to thermal hydraulic codes that model coolant flows and heat transfer within a core. I am particularly interested in analysing both current nuclear reactors as well as those due to be built within the UK in the coming years, in particular the boiling water reactors. I am also heavily involved in the design of new mathematical models that predict the progression/state of a nuclear reactor?s core in the event of severe accident scenarios.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6087     Email a.buchan@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Duddeck

Prof Fabian Duddeck
Dr.-Ing. habil.

Reader in Computational Mechanics
Crashworthiness, NVH, car body design optimisation, robust design, FEM, BEM, materials (plasticity, damage & fracture)
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5303     Email f.duddeck@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Huijberts

Dr Henri Huijberts
MSc PhD(Twente, Netherlands) PFHEA CMath FIMA

Reader in Control & Dynamics
Nonlinear control systems, nonlinear dynamics, chaos, synchronisation, robotics, time-delay systems, traffic dynamics
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8869     Email h.j.c.huijberts@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Li

Dr Guang Li
PhD

Senior Lecturer in Dynamics and Control
Dr Guang Li's research background is in dynamics and control systems. As for control applications, he works in various fields such as marine energy and battery power management systems. He is also interested in novel methods for dynamics testing, for example dynamically substructued system and its applications in diverse fields, such as automotive, aerospace and bioengineering.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6116     Email g.li@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Rose

Prof John Rose
BScEng PhD DScEng(Lond) CEng FIMechE FASME

Research Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Heat transfer, convection, phase change, condensation, dropwise condensation, condensation of mixtures, condensation of metals, kinetic theory of phase change, molecular dynamics of phase change, integral finned tube, microchannels, refrigeration, air conditioning, enhanced heat transfer.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5275     Email j.w.rose@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Shah

Dr Raza Shah
PhD (Cantab), BEng (Hons), CEng, MBA, MSc, MEd, PGCE, MIMechE, MCMI, MBPsS

Senior Lecturer in Design, Production & Manufacturing
Raza is a chartered engineer with expertise across design, production, processing, project management, R&D and consultancy. He has a diverse range of industrial experience in the UK, Europe and Middle East on capital investment projects in the speciality gas, chemicals and petroleum gas industries at a senior level [e.g., Air Products & Chemicals, SHV Energy Calor Gas, Nidec SR Drives, Gulf Cryo, National Grid, Hyundai Construction]. Raza?s engineering design expertise involves exploring, devising and implementing design methodologies that encourage creative design thinking and encouraging a culture of fluency, diversity and productivity during design idea generation. Raza brings together a cross-disciplinary blend of domains to facilitate knowledge transfer between engineering, design, user-centred design, human decision-making, human behaviour and creative cognition in design & psychology.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6663     Email raza.shah@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Shaheed

Dr Hasan Shaheed
PhD (Sheffield), PGCAP (London), SFHEA, MIEEE, CEng, MIET, NTF

Senior Lecturer: Robotics & Renewable Energy
a) Systems/Applications: Aerial Robotics, Solar Aerial Robotics (Solarcopter), Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems, Medical Robotics including Capsule Robots, Master-slave Robots, Medical / Surgical devices, Water Desalination and Cancer. (b) Approaches: System Design, Modelling, Identification, Control, Optimisation, Artificial Intelligence (Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, Genetic, Particle Swarm and Ant Colony Algorithms), Bioinformatics and Computational Biology with application to Cancer Prognosis and Classification, Biomedical Signal Processing
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3319     Email m.h.shaheed@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Wang

Prof Huasheng Wang
BEng MSc PhD FHEA MInstR

Professor of Thermofluids Engineering
Enhanced heat transfer, Condensation, Boiling, Phase change, Measurement method, Multi-scale simulation, Refrigeration, Air conditioning, Sustainable thermal energy systems and Intelligent buildings.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7921     Email h.s.wang@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Zhang

Dr Ketao Zhang
BSc, PhD

Lecturer in Robotics
Dr Ketao Zhang's research focuses on design theory of novel mechanisms, kinematics and dynamics of multi-bodied systems, as well as their application to reconfigurable robots, multi-modal robotic systems, morphable soft-bodied robots, origami robots, robotic grippers and manipulators, and aerial robots.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3677     Email ketao.zhang@qmul.ac.uk

Associate Academic Staff Group Members

Prof Busfield

Prof James Busfield
MA, PhD, FHEA, FIMMM, CEng

Professor of Materials
Examining the physical behaviour by experiment and modelling techniques of soft matter such as elastomers and rubber materials. Properties of interest include abrasion, friction, fracture, creep, fatigue, viscoelastic behaviour, modulus enhancement and composite filler reinforcement. Developing smart soft materials that can sense their environment and soft actuating materials that can change shape in response to a physical stimulus.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8866     Email j.busfield@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Chen

Dr Jun Chen
BSc (Honours), MSc (Distinction), PhD

Lecturer in Engineering Science
My research interests lie at the interface of Computer Science, Operational Research and Control Engineering. Over the years, I have consolidated and structured my research along three themes: modelling, optimisation and decision, four cross-cutting application areas: intelligent decision support for airport operations, human factors & brain-computer interface, future flight deck automation systems and intelligent sewer networks, sponsored by EPSRC and industry and supported by the well-balanced research team consisting of senior academics, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8873     Email jun.chen@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Crookes

Prof Roy Crookes
BSc PhD(Leeds) CEng FEI

Emeritus Professor of Combustion Engineering
Combustion in engines; renewable fuels performance and emissions; diesel particulate formation; sustainable transport fuels.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5282     Email r.j.crookes@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Farkhatdinov

Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov
PhD

Lecturer - EECS
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7825     Email i.farkhatdinov@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Jiang

Prof Xi Jiang
PhD, CEng, FIMechE

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
The expertise of Prof Jiang is primarily in sustainable and cleaner energy utilisation, which includes but not limited to the applications of high-fidelity modelling and simulation to the following research areas: (1) combustion utilisation of alternative and renewable fuels including chemical kinetics studies, (2) greenhouse gas mitigation technologies including combustion mitigation of low-concentration methane; (3) flow in porous media and geological carbon storage, and (4) battery thermal management and thermal management in computer systems.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5009     Email xi.jiang@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Lawn

Prof Chris Lawn
MA PhD(Cantab) CEng FIChem.E FIMechE

Emeritus Professor of Thermo-fluids Engineering
Turbulent combustion, gas turbines, thermo-acoustic engines, tidal power generation, heat transfer in fusion reactors
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5279     Email c.j.lawn@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Mueller

Dr Jens-Dominik Mueller
Dipl-Ing, MSc, PhD

Reader in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Optimisation
Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Biofluids, Shape Optimisation, Adjoint methods, Mesh adaptation, Sensitivity Analysis.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5421     Email j.mueller@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Volpe

Dr Roberto  Volpe
PhD

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering
I design pyrolysis and gasification experiments to study the fundamental aspects of biomass thermal decomposition. My expertise ranges from the investigation of the pathways to thermo-chemical breakdown of solid biofuels to the synthesis of renewable carbon materials via thermal processes and the development of sustainable gasification technologies for small-scale applications in Decentralised Renewable Energy Systems
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7748     Email r.volpe@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Williams

Prof John Williams
BSc(Aston) BSc(Lond) PhD(Aston) FIMA CEng CMath

Emeritus Prof of Computational Fluid Dynamics
Computational fluid dynamics of environmental flows, Large Eddy and Direct Numerical Simulation of free-surface flows, modelling of flow in compound channels, over rough beds and submarine fins.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5274     Email j.j.r.williams@qmul.ac.uk

Postdoc Research Associates

Mr Hua

Mr Nan Hua

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email n.hua@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Huasheng Wang

Mr Jesudasan

Mr Rejish Jesudasan

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher
Email r.jesudasan@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Jens-Dominik Mueller

Dr Konstantinova

Dr Jelizaveta  Konstantinova
Prof Eng, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant at The Centre for Advanced Robotics (ARQ)
My current research involves sensor development, tactile perception, sensory data fusion and learning methods for robotics. My research focus is on the perception of the world via somatosensory system. I am interested to learn the perception capabilities from living organisms and to apply it to robotics, as well as to study the ways we should interpret tactile information obtained with robotic sensory system.
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7882 5368     Email j.konstantinova@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Kaspar Althoefer

Mr Lee

Mr Wanlin Lee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email wanlin.li@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Kaspar Althoefer

Dr Liu

Dr Jionghui  Liu

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email jionghui.liu@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Huasheng Wang

Dr Weiszer

Dr Michal Weiszer

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Optimisation, metaheuristics, operational research and their applications such as airport operations and intelligent sewer networks.
Email m.weiszer@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Jun Chen

Dr Zhang

Dr Yao Zhang

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Nonlinear control methods.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6686     Email yao.zhang@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Guang Li

Professional Services

Mr Etheridge

Mr Mick Etheridge

Laboratory Technician
Provides comprehensive technical support for staff and students in the School to enable the achievement of teaching and research aims and objectives. To be responsible for the operation and upkeep of the laboratory areas of Aero and I.C. Labs. Responsible for the instruction, guidance and supervision of staff and students in the use of laboratory equipment and techniques as appropriate.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 4788 / 4789     Email m.etheridge@qmul.ac.uk

Mr Neighbour

Mr Danny Neighbour
BSc,MSc,CEng MIEE

Laboratory Technician
Provides comprehensive technical support for staff and students in the School to enable the achievement of teaching and research aims and objectives. To be responsible for the operation and upkeep of the laboratory areas of Biomaterials Processing and Gait. Responsible for the instruction, guidance and supervision of staff and students in the use of laboratory equipment and techniques as appropriate.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5056     Email d.neighbour@qmul.ac.uk

PhD Graduates

NameThesis TitleSupervisor(s)

2017

TAO, TianyiDesign modelling and control of a miniature robotic system for surgical applicationsM Hasan Shaheed, Ranjan Vepa
ASARE, EricSmartNanoHeat - Self-regulating heating compoundsEmiliano Bilotti, James Busfield
HÜKELHEIM, JanHigh Performance Flow Control & Shape Optimisation SolverJens-Dominik Mueller, Sergey Karabasov
WIJEWARDANA, SingappuliModel Predictive Controller design for an Efficient Hybrid Energy Wind/Solar/FC/BS Power System.M Hasan Shaheed, Hua Sheng Wang
ZAHABI, HediyehDevelopment of materials and applications for electroactive compositesJames Busfield, Federico Carpi
BAUMARD, ThomasFatigue life prediction in aircraft tyresJames Busfield
CHEN, BinElectric Breakdown of Dielectric Elastomer Actuator MaterialsFederico Carpi, James Busfield
WU, GuangchangPredicting tyre compound wear.James Busfield, Emiliano Bilotti
WANG, YangRobust and Stable discrete adjoint solver development for shape optimisation of incompressible flows with industrial applicationsJens-Dominik Mueller, Eldad Avital

2016

SHAUKAT, RabiaExperimental and numerical study on heat transfer and pressure drop during mPCM slurry flow in microchannelsHua Sheng Wang, Steve Dunn
HE, WeiModelling, optimisation and control of osmotic energy extraction from natural salinity gradients using pressure retarded osmosisM Hasan Shaheed, Theodosios Alexander
WOOD, CharlieBuoyancy-Driven Two-Phase Flows of Liquid Metal contributing to the Generation of Electricity from a Fusion Reactor by Magnetohydrodynamic Energy ConversionChris Lawn, Hua Sheng Wang
HUANG, MenglongThe Strain Dependent Dielectric Behaviour of Carbon Black Filled Natural RubberJames Busfield, Emiliano Bilotti

2015

BERGER, AndreNumerical Modelling of Composite Materials Based on a Combined Manufacturing-Crash SimulationFabian Duddeck
SINGH, GursharanjitA Study of the Fluid Dynamic Coupling Between LP Steam Turbine and its Exhaust HoodAndrew Wheeler, Jens-Dominik Mueller
XU, ShenrenNumerical shape optimisation of flow around turbomachinery bladesJens-Dominik Mueller, Andrew Wheeler
BAI, XinNumerical Simulation of a Marine Current Turbine in Turbulent FlowJohn Williams, Eldad Avital
HASAN, MdModelling and Interactional Control of a Multi-fingered Robotic Hand for Grasping and ManipulationM Hasan Shaheed, Henri Huijberts
RAYAMAJHI, MilanEfficient Methods for Robust Shape Optimisation for CrashworthinessFabian Duddeck, Jens-Dominik Mueller
LUKAS, TomasDevelopment of Parallelisation Solutions for the Combined Finite-Discrete Element MethodAnte Munjiza, John Williams
ZEINELABDEEN, MudatherModelling Condensation on Banks of Plain TubesAdrian Briggs, Huasheng Wang
TUNNICLIFFE, LewisThe development of a novel nanostructured silica filler for high friction and low rolling resistance rubber applications.James Busfield

2014

SHORTER, RobThe behaviour of hollow sphere filled rubber materials under strainJames Busfield
ASARE, SamuelFailure of Rubber Components under FatigueJames Busfield
KHALIQ, JibranEffect of Doping and Defect Structures on Thermo Physical Properties of Thermoelectric MaterialsMike Reece, Haixue Yan
HUNKELER, StephanTopology Optimisation in Crashworthiness Design via Hybrid Cellular Automata for Thin Walled StructuresFabian Duddeck
KAMRAN, MuhammadNumerical and experimental investigation of room temperature magnetic refrigerators/heat pumpsHua Sheng Wang, Adrian Briggs
BAI, XinNumerical Simulation of a Marine Current Turbine in Turbulent FlowJohn Williams, Eldad Avital

2013

SAKULKAEW, KartpanTearing of rubberJames Busfield
CHRISTAKOPOULOS, FaidonSensitivity computation and shape optimisation in aerodynamics using the adjoint methodology and Automatic DifferentiationJens Mueller
SCHIAVA D'ALBANO, GuillermoComputational and Algorithmic Solutions for Large Scale Combined Finite-Discrete Elements SimulationsAnte Munjiza, John Williams
ALI, HassanMarangoni condensation of steam-ethanol mixtures on horizontal smooth, low finned tubes and bank of tubes.Hua Sheng Wang

2012

SADOWSKA, AnnaFormation control of nonholonomic mobile robots: the virtual structure approachHenri Huijberts
IKRAM, ZaheerNumerical investigation of the effect of free-surface flow past submerged bluff and streamlined bodiesJohn Williams, Eldad Avital
HOTHI, Hardip SinghThe Impact and Deformation of Press-Fit Metal Acetablular ComponentsJulia Shelton, James Busfield
LOWE, DavidNatural Rubber/Organoclay NanocompositesJames Busfield

2011

AHMAD, ArsalanExperimental Aeroacoustics Study on Jet Noise Reduction Using Tangential Air InjectionEldad Avital, Chris Lawn, John Cater
FITZGERALD, ClaireForced-convection condensation heat-transfer on horizontal integral-fin tubes including effects of liquid retentionAdrian Briggs
ALI, Hafiz MFree-convection condensation on single horizontal pin-fin tubesAdrian Briggs

2010

LIAO, RuiTransmission power control in wireless networksHenri Huijberts
SUPHADON, NutthanunViscoelastic Properties of Elastomer under Complex LoadingJames Busfield
GABRIEL, PhilipInvestigation and Modelling of Rubber FrictionJames Busfield

2009

RAHIDEH, AkbarModel Identification and Robust Nonlinear Model Predictive Control of a Twin Rotor MIMO SystemHasan Shaheed
MA, JianminNumerical analysis of flow structures and bed entrainment in turbulent open-channel flowJohn Williams
JHA, VineetkumarCarbon Black Filler Reinforcement of ElastomersJames Busfield
HOSSEINI, Seyed Mohammad RezaNon-Linearities in the Thermoacoustic response of a premiscied swirl burnerChris Lawn

2008

YAN, XiaoyuLife cycle energy demand and green house gas emissions in China's road transport sector; Future trends and policy implicationsRoy Crookes