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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 an academic member of the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering at Strathclyde, and have featured in more than 50 publications. I’m also the managing editor of the Journal of Remanufacturing, a relatively new open access journal.

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 am also involved in teaching microcontroller programming and interfacing. I assist in teaching biomedical electronics in the Biomedical Engineering department. 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 has 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.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Plymouth

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Plymouth


  • acoustics
  • biomimetics
  • hearing
  • vibrometry

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Projects 2009 2021

Research Output 2005 2020

118 Downloads (Pure)

Evolution of directional hearing in moths via conversion of bat detection devices to asymmetric pressure gradient receivers

Reid, A., Marin-Cudraz, T., Windmill, J. F. C. & Greenfield, M. D., 29 Nov 2016, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . 113, 48, p. E7740-E7748 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Pressure gradient
1 Citation (Scopus)
110 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access


3D-printing technology applied to the development of bio-inspired functional acoustic systems

Author: Domingo-Roca, R., 1 Apr 2018

Supervisor: Windmill, J. (Supervisor) & Jackson, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Bio-inspired acoustic sensors and systems - from biology to engineering exploiting feedback computation

Author: Guerreiro, J., 1 Jul 2018

Supervisor: Windmill, J. (Supervisor) & Jackson, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society (FRMS).

James Windmill (Recipient), Jan 2010

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Fellow of the Royal Society

Activities 2008 2020

MicroTech 2016

James Windmill (Participant)
17 Mar 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

International Conference on Remanufacturing 2015

James Windmill (Organiser)
14 Jun 201516 Jun 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference