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Personal Statement

I’m a Professor in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. I gained a PhD in magnetic microscopy from the University of Plymouth in 2002, and worked at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, from 2003 to 2008. I also hold a first degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Plymouth.

I joined the University of Strathclyde as a lecturer in 2008. I was promoted to senior lecturer in 2011, reader in 2014, then professor in 2017. My research focuses on the investigation of hearing systems in insects to inspire the development of new acoustic and ultrasonic sensors and systems. I am also interested in sustainable engineering through the process of remanufacturing, the development of new biomedical sensors, and the use of ultrasound in manufacturing.

I am Director of the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering at Strathclyde, and have featured in more than 100 publications. I’m also the Director of the Leverhulme Doctoral School in Nature Inspired Acoustics, and the Co-Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Ultrasonic Engineering.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Bioacoustics
  • Acoustic Engineering
  • Ultrasound
  • Microscopy

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests primarily focus on the theory and practical implementation of analogue electronics for the BEng and MEng courses in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. I also supervise a number of students in individual or group projects.

Research Interests

My research is interdisciplinary, spanning from biology to engineering, physics, maths and biomedicine. The long term goal of my cross-disciplinary research is to translate the findings from fundamental research in biological sensory systems to inspire novel artificial sensor and transducer systems, primarily relating to acoustics, ultrasonics and non-destructive evaluation. Furthermore, I am interested in how engineering impacts on the environment, and I am actively involved in research into remanufacturing as a process for sustainable engineering. I was awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant at the end of 2013. This large grant provided me with long term funds to enable further development and capacity building of my research team in the area of Biologically Inspired Acoustic Systems. In 2024 I led an interdisciplinary team that was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships grant, funding 18 4-year PhDs in Nature Inspired Acoustics.

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The Development of a Novel Electromagnetic Force Microscope, University of Plymouth

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

Bachelor of Engineering, Electronic Engineering, University of Plymouth

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998


  • acoustics
  • biomimetics
  • hearing
  • vibrometry


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