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Institute of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing

The Research Institute in the School of Engineering, Faculty of Technology will focus on the following research themes:

  • Energy-efficient and safe vehicles, including graphene, for automotive applications and low-carbon vehicles.
  • Composite materials and advanced materials.
  • Development and optimisation of manufacturing processes.
  • Research in electrical and electronic engineering including printed and structural electronics
  • Pedagogic research in engineering
  • Development and implementation of advanced maintenance strategies
  • Industry 4 technologies and applications

Research theme leaders:

Dr Panagiotis Karagiannidis: energy-efficient and safe vehicles (EESVs), advanced composite materials, including graphene, for automotive applications and low carbon vehicles.

Professor Alan Wheatley: composite materials, advanced materials.

Professor Elaheh Ghassemieh: development and optimisation of materials.

Dr David Baglee: advanced maintenance, asset management life cycle, industry 4 tools and techniques including the internet of things, virtual reality and big data to support advanced manufacturing strategy development.

Dr Michael Knowles: electrical and electronic engineering, sensors and pedagogic research in engineering. 

The key priorities of the Institute are:

  • Generating research income and aligning with the KPIs set by the Institute
  • Create a Translational Research Centre of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing
  • Sustainability and Competitiveness that undertakes translational research that helps companies overcome key constraints and integrate the latest developments in science, technology and management techniques into new and innovative manufacturing practice that serve as the basis for their Factory of the Future.
  • Develop the Transnational partnerships in research to foster greater collaboration and world-leading research
  • Increase postgraduate research student numbers in the Research Institute with a year on year increase and increase the number of PhDs graduating before the REF submission
  • Support every member of academic staff to develop an individual research plan in collaboration with the research leaders, with support from QR after approval by the Research and Innovation leadership group in the faculty aligning with the University Research Strategy
  • Encourage research-led teaching and curriculum design that will increase graduate employability