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Personal Statement

I am currently a lecturer in aerospace electrical systems within the EEE Department. I joined the University in 1998 as a student before going on to complete my BEng and PhD here too. I worked as a post-doctoral researcher until January 2014, when I was appointed as a member of academic staff.

My research is predominantly in the field of aerospace electrical power systems. This involves integrating elements of network design and optimisation, control, protection, modelling and simulation within an application which has very unique and demanding requirements and objectives.

These research interests filter through to my teaching where I lecture on interdisciplinary systems modelling and simulation, equipping undergraduate students with the relevant key skills for both industrial and research careers.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Aerospace electrical systems
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Power systems protection
  • Power systems design and analysis

Teaching Interests

I am responsible for teaching the 5th year EME course module on advanced engineering systems. This module aims to train students in the modelling and simulation of complex interdisciplinary engineering systems. A key feature of this class is the second semester case study element, which provides the opportunity for students to engage with current topics in a wide variety of engineering fields, enhancing the relevance of their degrees.

I also support a number of other modules and provide supervision for undergraduate and postgraduate individual projects.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the areas of aircraft electrical and mechanical systems modelling and simulation, network design and analysis, and protection and control. These areas are especially relevant in the development of future aircraft as an ever increasing appreciation of systems-of-systems design and optimisation is required. My recent research activities have been focused across a number of different applications ranging from power electronics based more-electric engine and UAV power distribution systems through to modern civil airliner electrical network concepts. Additionally, relevant knowledge and expertise from shipboard and land based power system design and analysis regularly supports my research into aircraft power systems by utilising the read-across from these domains to apply novel technologies or methods to aerospace applications.

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Research Output

Adaptive V/f-based control for induction machines in distributed electric propulsion systems

Sztykiel, M., Pena-Alzola, R., Jones, C., Norman, P., Galloway, S., Burt, G. & Mukherjee, S., 14 Jan 2019, 2018 IEEE International Conference on Electrical Systems for Aircraft, Railway, Ship Propulsion and Road Vehicles and International Transportation Electrification Conference, ESARS-ITEC 2018. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 7 p. 8607373

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    • 2 Organiser of special symposia
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    Electrical Systems for Aircraft, Railway , Ship Propulsion and road vehicles & international transportation electrification conference

    Catherine Jones (Participant), Patrick Norman (Participant)
    7 Nov 20189 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia

    Electrical Systems for Aircraft, Railway, Ship propulsion and Road Vehicles & International Transportation Electrification Conference

    Catherine Jones (Participant), Patrick Norman (Participant)
    2 Nov 20164 Nov 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia