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Personal Statement

Charles MacLeod is a Chancellor's Fellow & Lecturer in the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering. After being awarded a Masters in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering with Distinction at Strathclyde, Charles then went on to undertake a PhD in Automated Non–Destructive Evaluation.

His research is primarily associated with the inspection and manufacturing enhancement of high value assets and components. He leads a number of high-profile inter-disciplinary in-process welding and metal additive research projects. 

While undertaking his PhD Charles, was seconded to Spirit AeroSystems, in Prestwick to undertake Knowledge Exchange activities built on fundamental EPSRC funded research. Charles was awarded the prestigious University of Strathclyde EPSRC Doctoral Prize for 2014, for his work investigating automated non-contact ultrasound. 

His research interests include:

Non-Destructive Evaluation

Sensors including Ultrasonic, Electromagnetic, Tactile and Visual




Low noise electronics.

Charles has delivered impact in the form of dissemination, new revenue, commercialisation and product hardware through a number of high profile KE projects. 

Teaching Activities.

EE312 Instrumentation and Microcontrollers Lectures, Laboratories and Tutorials.


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Projects 2010 2023

DTP 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Zimermann, Rastislav

MacLeod, C. N., Gachagan, A. & Zimermann, R.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Insptectahire - OGIC

Dobie, G. & MacLeod, C. N.


Project: Research

Research Output 2012 2018

Autonomous ultrasonic inspection using unmanned aerial vehicle

Zhang, D., Watson, R., Dobie, G., MacLeod, C. N. & Pierce, G., 20 Dec 2018, 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
Nondestructive examination
Ultrasonic transducers

Bipartite guidance, navigation and control architecture for autonomous aerial inspections under safety constraints

Punzo, G., MacLeod, C., Baumanis, K., Summan, R., Dobie, G., Pierce, S. & Macdonald, M., 19 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Electronic guidance systems
Structural health monitoring


Knowledge Exchange Award

Carmelo Mineo (Recipient), Stephen Pierce (Recipient) & Charles Norman MacLeod (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Other distinction

Nondestructive examination
Composite materials

University of Strathclyde EPSRC Doctoral Prize 2014/2015

Charles Norman MacLeod (Recipient), 1 Jan 2015

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


Activities 2010 2018

  • 5 Invited talk
  • 4 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Examination
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Autonomous Systems Lab, Institute of Robotics & Intelligent Systems, ETH Zurich

Gareth Pierce (Visiting researcher), Charles Norman MacLeod (Visiting researcher), Gordon Dobie (Visiting researcher), Carmelo Mineo (Visiting researcher), Robert James Watson (Visiting researcher)
20 Nov 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Organiser for Factory 2050/ KUKA advanced robot programming workshop

Gareth Pierce (Organiser), Charles Norman MacLeod (Participant), Carmelo Mineo (Participant), Guenter Schreiber (Participant), Alan Oakley (Participant), Ben Morgan (Participant), Chris Greaves (Participant), Ben Fisher (Participant), Adrian Hirst (Participant), Phil Kitchen (Participant), Craig Ashmore (Participant), Steve Hudson (Participant)
6 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course