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Prof Althoefer

Prof Kaspar Althoefer
PhD

Professor of Robotics Engineering
Professor Althoefer's research focuses on robot autonomy, soft robotics, systems engineering, modelling of tool-environment interaction dynamics, tactile sensing and haptic perception 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

Dr Avital

Dr Eldad Avital
PhD, SMAIAA, SFHEA, FRAeS, CEng

Reader in Fluids and Acoustics
Aero-hydrodynamics Engineering: Energy, Water and Biofluid - Fundamentals: (i) Computational (and experimental) aero/hydrodynamics and acoustics (ii) Fluids-structure interaction (iii) Biofluids (iv) Particle flow (v) Magnetohydrodynamics and radiative transfer. Applications: (i) Power fluid systems, airborne and terrestrial (ii) Hydrodynamic and water engineering; ocean and waterways (iii) Biofluid devices and disinfection (iv) Fusion energy fluid engineering
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3616     Email e.avital@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Balcombe

Dr Paul Balcombe
MEng, PhD, CEng, MIChemE, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy
Specialises in developing unique technology-specific, probabilistic emissions/cost modelling of energy supply chains, particularly relating to methane emissions from natural gas, as well as hydrogen and ammonia supply chains.
Email p.balcombe@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Bempedelis

Dr Nikos Bempedelis
PhD

Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics
Computational Fluid Dynamics, Multiphase Flows, Aerodynamics, Wind Energy, Data-driven Modelling, Cavitation and Bubble Dynamics
Email n.bempedelis@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Buchan

Dr Andrew Buchan
BSc MSc PhD

Senior 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, small 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 Busfield

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

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, self healing, recycling, ageing 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.
Email j.busfield@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Cagney

Dr Neil Cagney
PhD

Lecturer
My research is focused on experimental analysis of fluid flows, in particular fluid-structure interaction, flow-induced vibrations, mixing and dynamics in complex fluids.
Telephone +44(0)20 7882 8942     Email n.cagney@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Chen

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

Reader in Intelligent Systems Engineering
My research interests lie at the interface of Computer Science, Operational Research and Control Engineering with a significant overlap with Systems 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

Dr Grasso

Dr Salvatore Grasso
PhD, MSc, FHEA, MIMMM

Senior Lecturer in Ceramics
His current research is around the use of intense Electric (voltages up to 10kV and current up to 0.6 MA) and Magnetic fields (15 Tesla) to develop novel processing techniques to design unprecedented materials properties. Multi fields assisted processing is a key component of his current research vision. The focus is on ceramic materials, including textured ceramics, battery materials, thermoelectrics and transparent oxides. Low energy processing and sustainability are key aspects of his research vision. He is currently Editor of the European Ceramic Society, Associate Editor of both the American ceramic society and International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology. Keywords: Functional ceramics for energy: Fuel cells and solid state batteries Sustainable manufacturing: Ultra-fast high temperature sintering and Cold sintering Advanced material processing: Strong magnetic field alignment, Field Assisted Processing, Thermal shock synthesis
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 2773     Email s.grasso@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Hassannezhad

Dr Mohammad Hassannezhad
PhD, ASEP, MINCOSE

Lecturer in Systems Engineering
Socio-Technical Systems Design; Systems Science for Sustainability; Model-Based Systems Engineering; System of Systems Engineering; Systemic Risk Management
Email m.hassannezhad@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Huijberts

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

Professor of Engineering Science and Education
Nonlinear control systems, nonlinear dynamics, chaos, synchronisation, robotics, engineering and mathematics education, educational leadership, digital education
Telephone +44 (0)20 78869     Email h.j.c.huijberts@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Ismail

Dr Ahmed Ismail
BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Lecturer in Fluid Dynamics
My work focuses mainly on multiphase flow in micro-scale. This includes capillary jets, microdroplets and also electrohydrodynamics. The main objective of my research is to understand the physics in such small scale and then use this knowledge to develop different technologies . I use experimental tools such as high speed imaging, theoretical approaches such as dimensionless analysis and development of scaling laws, and numerical methods to tackle challenges that arise from industry in areas such as 2D printing, additive manufacturing and micro-encapsulation. Keywords: Electrospray, Direct Printing, Microfluidics, Drops & Bubbles, Microencapsulation, Capillary jet.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6272     Email a.ismail@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Jamone

Dr Lorenzo Jamone
PhD

Senior Lecturer in Robotics
Cognitive Robotics, Robotic Manipulation, Tactile Sensing, Robot Learning, Haptics
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7825     Email l.jamone@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Karabasov

Prof Sergey Karabasov
BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, FHEA, FRAeS, AFAIAA

Professor of Computational Modelling
Computational fluid dynamics, computational aeroacoustics and aerodynamics, large-eddy simulations, meso-scale ocean modelling, fluctuating hydrodynamics for nano-scale flows , numerical methods for hyperbolic conservation laws
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7650     Email s.karabasov@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Liu

Dr Haibao Liu
BEng, MEng, PhD, AFHEA, MRAeS, MIMMM

Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering
Dr Haibao Liu specialises in the experimental characterisation and damage prediction of composite materials for structure applications. His current focus is on developing high-fidelity experimental and numerical approaches to assess the performance of composite materials and structures under extreme conditions.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8732     Email haibao.liu@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Liu

Dr Tao Liu
PhD, FHEA

Senior Lecturer In Solid Mechanics
Experimental characterisation and numerical modelling of damage and failure of engineering materials; Micromechanics of cellular materials and composite materials; Mechanics of biological cells and active tissues ; Mechanics of fibrous tissues; Impact engineering & dynamic fracture; Numerical modelling on complex multiphysics phenomena ; Mechanics of wet adhesion ; Design Optimization and bio-inspired designs; Mechanics informed machine learning
Email tao.liu@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Motallebi

Dr Fariborz Motallebi
BSc MEng PhD

Senior Lecturer in Aerodynamics
Flow Control, Aerodynamics of Sport Vehicles, High Speed Aerodynamics, Boundary Layer Flows, Instrumentation and Optical Diagnostics in Flow Measurements
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5182     Email f.motallebi@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, Systems Engineering, Data-driven modelling
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5421     Email j.mueller@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Nanjangud

Dr Angadh Nanjangud
PhD

Lecturer in Aerospace/Spacecraft Engineering
My research group develops robotics and AI technologies; our focus is to work on long-term challenges in the space sector. At this moment, the group focuses on developing the technology stack and investigating the engineering science challenges to unlock autonomous robotic on-orbit assembly of large space structures (telescopes and habitats). A lot of these solutions will be applicable to terrestrial robotics, as well- e.g., nuclear robotics. The foundational research area that underpins our work falls in the area of multibody dynamics (their modeling, simulation, and autonomous control).
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7882 3757     Email a.nanjangud@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Panwisawas

Dr Chinnapat Panwisawas
BSc, PhD, CEng, FIMMM, FInstP, FIMechE

Senior Lecturer in Materials and Solid Mechanics
Dr Chinnapat Panwisawas' research has been concentrated over the last 15 years on advanced process science and engineering of investment casting laser fusion welding and powder-bed fusion additive manufacturing particularly for establishing a multi-scale multi-physics approach to understand the process-structure-property-performance relationship of advanced metallic materials for aerospace energy and biomedical applications.
Email c.panwisawas@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Paykani

Dr Amin Paykani
PhD, FHEA, CEng, MIMechE

Lecturer in Sustainable Propulsion Systems
Combustion engineering, Zero/low carbon fuels, low-order modelling, Machine learning, thermal management
Email a.paykani@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Sabnis

Dr Kshitij Sabnis
PhD

Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering
My research aims to provide greater understanding of aerodynamics across a wide spectrum of speed regimes. Inspired by problems encountered in practical applications, I conduct tests (mainly wind tunnel experiments) on simplified representations of the real-world scenario to develop greater understanding of the underlying fluid mechanics. These flow problems range from the vortices produced at the tips of racecar wings to the flow separation induced by shock waves in the intakes of supersonic aircraft.
Email k.sabnis@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Shaheed

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

Reader in Robotics and Renewable Energy
Design, model developments, control and optimisation of autonomous, robotics and renewable energy systems using traditional, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) approaches. Application areas include i) Aerial/ Solar Aerial robots for inspection/ monitoring, ii) Medical Robotics: Capsule robots for GI tract inspection, Surgical robotic retractor, iii) Assistive Technologies: prosthetics, elderly care robots, iv) Remote inspection/handling robots, v) Renewable Energy Systems: PV, Wind turbine, Pressure retarded osmosis, vi) Renewable energy-driven water treatment, vii) Expert systems. AI/ML approaches include deep learning, reinforcement learning neural networks, fuzzy logic, and biologically inspired optimisation techniques: GAs, Whale Optimisation, Grey Wolf Optimisation, etc.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7520     Email m.h.shaheed@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Shoop

Dr Karen Shoop
BA MSc PhD

Senior Lecturer in Design
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8014     Email karen.shoop@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Sui

Prof Yi Sui
PhD, MInstP, Fellow HEA

Professor of Fluid Mechanics
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7763     Email y.sui@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Tan

Dr Wei Tan
BEng, PhD, FHEA, MIMMM

Senior Lecturer in Mechanics of Materials
My research expertise lies in the mechanics of materials, multiscale modelling, multifunctional composites, finite element methods and data-driven methods. In particular, I have developed (1) computational models to understand the failure of composite materials under impact and crush loadings; (2) multifunctional composites for energy storage, shape-morphing and sensing; (3) data-driven methods for topology optimisation of cellular composites.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8943     Email wei.tan@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Toropov

Prof Vassili Toropov
PhD, FRAeS, AFAIAA, CEng

Professor of Aerospace Engineering
- Development of design optimisation techniques for large-scale engineering problems - Applications to various engineering systems - Improvement of reliability and robustness of engineering systems - Optimisation of composite structures - Inverse problems
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6296     Email v.v.toropov@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Vepa

Dr Ranjan Vepa
BTech(IITMadras) MASc(Wat) PhD(Stan)

Reader in Aerospace Engineering
My research interests are in dynamic modelling, simulation and control applications related to aircraft flight dynamics, UAVs , robotics, space robotics and space vehicle orbit and attitude dynamics with a focus on aeroelaticity, electric propulsion and optimal trajectory synthesis for aircraft flight, UAVs and space missions.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5193     Email r.vepa@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Wang

Dr Xinwei Wang
BSc (Honours), PhD

Lecturer in Systems Engineering
My research lies at the interface of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Operational Research with applications in Decision Support and Risk Assessment Systems. Over the years, I have consolidated and structured my research along modelling, optimisation and decision, and cross-cutting engineering applications for aerospace and transport systems.
Email xinwei.wang@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Zhang

Dr Han Zhang
MEng, PhD, PGCAP, MIMMM, FHEA, CEng, CSci

Senior Lecturer in Materials Science
Han's expertise in the field of composites ranges from manufacturing to characterization of advanced composites and nanocomposites, with a special focus on multifunctional composites for future lightweight structural applications. His current research is dedicated to the sustainable development of advanced composites. This includes energy-efficient sustainable manufacturing, integrated health monitoring, and easy repair functions to extend the life of components.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 2726     Email han.zhang@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Zhang

Dr Ketao Zhang
BSc, PhD, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Robotics
Dr Ketao Zhang's current research include screw theory, origami-inspired design and fabrication techniques, reconfigurable parallel manipulators, biologically-inspired robots, aerial robots, mobile robots and mobile manipulation, and morphable soft-bodied robots. Current research themes in his group are 1) design, modelling and control of novel legged robots, 2) parallel manipulators for manufacturing, 3) automatous mobile manipulators for indoor and field applications, 4) self-folding and morphable soft-bodied robots.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5183     Email ketao.zhang@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Zhu

Dr Yunpeng Zhu
PhD(Sheffield)

Lecturer in Systems Engineering
Data-driven dynamical systems, including Nonlinear dynamics; System identification; Complex systems analysis and design; System condition monitoring; Vibration isolation and control; Energy harvesting, etc., as well as their engineering applications across a variety of disciplines.
Email yunpeng.zhu@qmul.ac.uk

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