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Personal Statement

Prof Mulholland has published over 100 papers in applied mathematics, particularly in the modelling of ultrasonic devices and systems. In the last five years he has helped to secure over £10 million of external funding and this has allowed him to create a research group in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He has been funded by EPSRC on several grants (EP/K028049/1, EP/K014250/1, EP/I019731, EP/F017421, EP/E018858, GR/S31235, GR/N27644, GR/N02207, EP/L022125/1) and by industry partners such as the National Nuclear Laboratory, Rolls-Royce, Serco Assurance (Risley), Shell, Weidlinger Associates, BP, GSK, Astra Zeneca and Doosan Power Systems. He plays the leading role in the modelling developments in the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering (CUE) at Strathclyde University (www.cue.ac.uk). CUE has world class facilities and a vibrant research environment, including around 90 researchers with backgrounds in engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics and statistics, physics, material science and computing. CUE is a leading partner in the UK National Centre for Research in Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE), the other founder members being the universities of Imperial, Bath, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham and Warwick (www.rcnde.ac.uk). He was elected as Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications in 2011. He has undertaken various leadership roles within the academic community, was the Vice Dean for Knowledge Exchange in the Faculty of Science from 2010 to 2015, and is currently Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He now has a substantial portfolio of management responsibilities and led the development of the Knowledge Exchange arm of the University’s Strategic Plan in 2010. During this period the university has been recognised for its engagement with industry firstly by the THES award for the University of the Year in 2012 and subsequently as the THES Entrepreneurial University of the Year in 2013.  He has collaborations throughout the US and Europe, and is a member of a French GDR network in Ultrasonics.    He was elected on to the council of the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry in 2016.  He was the first person to conceive of a fractal ultrasonic transducer and, after producing a series of mathematical papers that showed the potential in such technology, these devices are now being manufactured. 

Current PhD Students

Russel Niven

Joe Pettigrew

Ebrahem Algehyne

Jamie Cowley

Majid Alharbi

Marcus Ingram

Haoyu Fang

Ainsley Miller

Current Postdoctoral Researchers

Katy Tant

Stephen Agimelen

Euan Barlow

Recent Grants

2016-2020  EPSRC EP/P005268/1, £516K, “iNEED (including Non-destructive Evaluation in Engineered Design).” PI.

2017-2018  Wellcome Trust £41.5K, “Marchenko medical ultrasound imaging: translating Geophysical imaging to Medical Science.” CI.

2014-2020 EPSRC Grant EP/L022125/1, £10.8M "UK Research Centre in Non-Destructive Testing (RCNDE)" CI.

2012-2015  EPSRC Grant EP/K014250/1    £3.1M "Intelligent Decision Support and Control Technologies for Continuous Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals and Fine
Chemicals" CI.

2011-2014    EPSRC Grant EP/1019731/1 £263,700 “New Methods for Ultrasonic NDE of Difficult Materials.” CI.

2008 – 2012    EPSRC Grant EP/F017421/1  £947,712 “Generation, Detection and Analysis of Optimally Coded Ultrasonic  Waveform systems.” CI.

2007 – 2010    EPSRC Grant EP/E018858/1   £458,463“Systems risks in information-rich environments.” CI.

2005 – 2008    EPSRC Grant EP/C540387/1 £84,835    “Real-time monitoring of bioprocesses using in situ non-linear active acoustic methods.” CI.

2003 – 2007    EPSRC Grant GR/S31235/01   £424,396 “A New Range of Ultrasonic Transducers using Dispersed Phase Materials.” CI.

2001 – 2005    EPSRC Grant GR/N27644/01   £480,862 “New Generation of Ultrasonic Systems.'' CI.

 2001 – 2004    EPSRC Grant GR/N02207  £149,379 “Realising the Potential of the Dielectric Approach to Non-Destructive  Examination of Adhesive Bonded Structures.” CI.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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