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Academic Staff Group Members

Dr Adjali

Dr Hicham Adjali
MEng, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Thermofluids
Heat Transfer, Thermal Systems, Building Energy, Parameter Estimation
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8739     Email h.adjali@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)

Director of Education
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

Co-director of Division of Mechanical Engineering, Robotics and Design /
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 Ohtani

Prof Nobuoki Ohtani
PhD

Professor in Design
Sports Equipment Design, Medical Design, Design Innovation, Design Management
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5269     Email n.ohtani@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 design 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 to develop culture of creativity leading to ideational fluency, diversity and productivity. 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

Director of Division of Mechanical Engineering, Robotics and Design /
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 5183     Email ketao.zhang@qmul.ac.uk

Associate 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 Alonso-Rasgado

Prof Teresa Alonso-Rasgado
PhD

Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Telephone +44 (0) 207 882 3028     Email t.alonso@qmul.ac.uk

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, FHEA

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 in Robotics
Assistive/medical robotics, human-robot interaction, haptics, virtual reality, control theory.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7825     Email i.farkhatdinov@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Ismail

Dr Ahmed Ismail
PhD, MSc, BSc

Academic Fellow in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering
Electrospray, Direct Printing, Microfluidics, Drops & Bubbles, Microencapsulation, Capillary jet.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6272     Email a.ismail@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 Slavchov

Dr Radomir Slavchov
PhD

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering
(i) Adsorption of surfactants and electrolytes; (ii) capillary shapes, capillary flows, wetting, biomechanics; (iii) theory of surface electric phenomena; (iv) chemical physics of mixtures, fuel chemistry; (v) combustion engines.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8938     Email r.slavchov@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

Dr Chen

Dr Zheng Chen
PhD

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow
Control Systems, Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Battery Management System.
Email zheng.chen@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Guang Li

Mr Hua

Mr Nan Hua

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

Dr Kloskowska

Dr Paulina Kloskowska
PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email paulina.kloskowska@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Aleksandra Birn-Jeffery

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 Quadros

Dr Russell Quadros
PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email r.quadros@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Jens-Dominik Mueller

Mr Rizqi

Mr Ataka Rizqi

Research Assistant
Email a.rizqi@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Kaspar Althoefer

Dr Twycross-Lewis

Dr Richard Twycross-Lewis
BSc(Hons), MRes, PhD, MSc, DipLaw(CPE), AMIMechE

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Biomechanics & Intellectual Property Law
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5368     Email r.twycross-lewis@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Aleksandra Birn-Jeffery

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

Miss Zareian

Miss Elham Zareian

Post Doctoral Research Assistant
Email e.zareian@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Jun Chen

Mr Zhan

Mr Siyuan Zhan

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email s.zhan@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Guang Li

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

Lead Aerospace 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 6577     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 Robotics and Servo PBL. 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

Current PhD Students

NameThesis TitleSupervisor
ABUHAJAR, SaraOptimization and control of renewable energy systems for stand-alone applications such as water desalinationHasan Shaheed
AL-JABER, FaisalShape Reconstruction Sensor for Continuum RobotsKaspar Althoefer
DAWOOD, DawoodSoft sensors for soft robotsKaspar Althoefer
FAKHR ABDOLLAHI, AfsoonRobotic Active Capsule Endoscope (RACE): advanced design, fabrication and controlHasan Shaheed
FENG, SenOptimal control of sustainable energy systemsGuang Li
GAI, NianObserver Design and ApplicationsGuang Li
HASSAN, AhmedTBCKaspar Althoefer
HUANG, YingboTBCGuang Li
HUGHES, AlexReduced Order Models for Reactor PhysicsAndrew Buchan
LIAO, ZhijingWave Energy Converter Modelling and ControlGuang Li
MALIK, Muhammad Sajjad SabirOnline monitoring of state of charge and health of battery using constrained optimisation through model predictive controlGuang Li
PU, JinhuanThe Investigation of Battery Thermal Management Based on Phase Change CoolingHuasheng Wang
PUERTOLAS BALINT, LuisExoskeleton for haptic immersionKaspar Althoefer
PUTZU, FabrizioSoft and stiffness-controllable robotsKaspar Althoefer
QADIR, SalmanOptimal power management of battery systemsGuang Li
SUN, ChaoranDesign Modelling and Control of a Solar-powered rotary aerial vehicleHasan Shaheed
YANG, LiweiInvestigation of solar assisted air source heat pumps.Huasheng Wang
YOU, XinyuExperimental and Numerical Investigation of Condensation and Flow Boiling in MicrochannelsHuasheng Wang

PhD Graduates

NameThesis TitleSupervisor(s)

2018

JIVANI, SaqibInvestigations on Marangoni Condensation of Binary MixturesHuasheng Wang

2017

TAO, TianyiDesign modelling and control of a miniature robotic system for surgical applicationsM Hasan Shaheed, Ranjan Vepa
WIJEWARDANA, SingappuliModel Predictive Controller design for an Efficient Hybrid Energy Wind/Solar/FC/BS Power System.M Hasan Shaheed, Hua Sheng Wang

2016

SHAUKAT, RabiaExperimental and numerical study on heat transfer and pressure drop during mPCM slurry flow in microchannelsHua Sheng Wang, Steve Dunn
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
HE, WeiModelling, optimisation and control of osmotic energy extraction from natural salinity gradients using pressure retarded osmosisM Hasan Shaheed, Theodosios Alexander

2015

ZEINELABDEEN, MudatherModelling Condensation on Banks of Plain TubesAdrian Briggs, Huasheng Wang
BERGER, AndreNumerical Modelling of Composite Materials Based on a Combined Manufacturing-Crash SimulationFabian Duddeck
RAYAMAJHI, MilanEfficient Methods for Robust Shape Optimisation for CrashworthinessFabian Duddeck, Jens-Dominik Mueller
HASAN, MdModelling and Interactional Control of a Multi-fingered Robotic Hand for Grasping and ManipulationM Hasan Shaheed, Henri Huijberts

2014

HUNKELER, StephanTopology Optimisation in Crashworthiness Design via Hybrid Cellular Automata for Thin Walled StructuresFabian Duddeck
KHALIQ, JibranEffect of Doping and Defect Structures on Thermo Physical Properties of Thermoelectric MaterialsMike Reece, Haixue Yan
KAMRAN, MuhammadNumerical and experimental investigation of room temperature magnetic refrigerators/heat pumpsHua Sheng Wang, Adrian Briggs

2013

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

2011

ALI, Hafiz MFree-convection condensation on single horizontal pin-fin tubesAdrian Briggs
FITZGERALD, ClaireForced-convection condensation heat-transfer on horizontal integral-fin tubes including effects of liquid retentionAdrian Briggs

2010

LIAO, RuiTransmission power control in wireless networksHenri Huijberts

2009

RAHIDEH, AkbarModel Identification and Robust Nonlinear Model Predictive Control of a Twin Rotor MIMO SystemHasan Shaheed