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Personal Statement

Charles MacLeod is a 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.

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. This work which is currently on-going has great potential in terms of scanning rates and throughput, therefore offering large reduction in overall production cycle time.

Charles has vast experience in electrical and mechanical engineering areas such as robotics, sensors, electronics, mechanical jigs and software.

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

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

Electronic guidance systems
Structural health monitoring
Nondestructive examination
Motion planning


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

Organiser for Factory 2050/ KUKA advanced robot programming workshop

Pierce, S. (Organiser), MacLeod, C. N. (Participant), Mineo, C. (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 eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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

Pierce, S. (Visiting researcher), MacLeod, C. N. (Visiting researcher), Dobie, G. (Visiting researcher), Mineo, C. (Visiting researcher), Watson, R. J. (Visiting researcher)
20 Nov 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution