Subject to contract the following Visiting Professors have been named in the 2018/19 funding round:



Mr Salim Akhtar

Visiting Professor in Implementing CDIO Principles in Teaching of Geotechnical Design

University of Bradford (Jacobs UK Ltd)

Salim is an experienced director and practitioner in geotechnical engineering with over 25 years industrial experience. Salim will tutor and mentor students from foundation year through to MEng/MSc level. He will drive improvements in the application of Advanced Geotechnical Engineering and the Structural Design modules. Additionally, he will support refinements in other related modules for greater industry relevance within core subjects.

Working in collaboration with university staff, Salim is passionate in developing a greater awareness of the needs of industry and how students can foster an appreciation of the workplace resulting in them becoming more employable after university.

Academic Champion: Dr Mostafa Mohamed, University of Bradford

Mrs Shahana Buchanan

Visiting Professor in Advanced Safety and Loss Prevention

University College London (Nestle)

Shahana Buchanan has advised and implemented global HSE standards, together with best practice and legislative standards to a wide range of industries around the world for over 20 years. She has previously worked in the chemical, pharmaceutical, oil & gas, mining and power generation industries, and more recently food and drinks manufacturing.
Shahana has wide and deep experience of the application of HSE management in large international activities throughout the project lifecycle encompassing Project Rescue, Engineering, Due Diligence, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning, Operations and Maintenance.
She is professionally very active and committed, and during her spare time she has been a visiting lecturer across universities in the UK for over 13 years.

Academic Champion: Haroun Mahgerefteh, University College London

Mrs Dawn Childs FICE FIMechE FRAeS FWES

Visiting Professor in Developing Professional Skills for Aviation Engineers

Kingston University London (Merlin Entertainments Group)

Dawn Childs has a wealth of experience in the aviation sector across both aircraft and airport maintenance and operations. Her work at Kingston will focus on developing the professional skills of the students for greater employability in the aviation sector and assisting the University in continuously improving and expanding the scope of their aviation programmes into the broader field of Aviation Engineering. In particular, she will support the final year group projects and review/enhance the curriculum with regard to aviation management.

Academic Champion: Dr Peter Eric Barrington, Kingston University London

Dr David Cooper

Visiting Professor in Safety and Engineering Risk Management

Liverpool John Moores University (Risktec Solutions Limited)

David has been a practicing consultant in the field of engineering safety and risk management for nearly twenty years. This experience has encompassed a wide range of project types and sectors which has given him a strong understanding of good practice in the application of safety and risk management arguments in project and engineering applications. At LJMU he will use this experience to enhance the treatment of industrial applications and safety within existing courses and develop and deliver a new industry-driven module in Safety of Engineering Systems. David will also lead the development of a distance learning MEng in Safety and Reliability of Marine Engineering and mentor students undertaking BEng/MEng and MSc/MRes projects.

Academic Champion: Dr Dante Benjamin Matellini, Liverpool John Moores University

Mr Colin Deddis

Visiting Professor in Chemical Engineering Industrial Practice

University of Strathclyde (Spirit Engery Limit (Formerly Centriica E&P))

Colin Deddis is currently the Technical Authority for Process Engineering and Technical Safety for Spirit Energy Ltd. and is accountable for delivery and quality of all E&P process engineering and technical safety work (internal & external) for operational assets and projects. He also has had significant experience of delivering technical courses to new graduates and as a lecturer at Cambridge University. Colin is also a world-wide technical authority in these subjects serving on a number of technical committees including with API. (American Institute of Petroleum)

Academic Champion: Mr Kenneth Moffat, University of Strathclyde

Mr Ian Firth FREng

Visiting Professor in Conceptual Structural Design

University of Warwick (Flint & Neill Limited)

Ian Firth is one of the world’s leading bridge designers and is experienced in the management and direction of bridge design and construction projects as well as in the design, analysis and assessment of complex structures. He has been advisor to jury panels for bridge design competitions and is a regular speaker on the subject of bridges, with a particular passion for the importance of elegance in bridge design.
Ian joined Flint & Neill in 1979 and became Partner in 1990. When Flint & Neill joined the COWI Group in 2008, Ian became Chief Operating Officer. Flint & Neill rebranded as COWI in January 2017.
He was the 2017 President of The Institution of Structural Engineers, is Chairman of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering British Group and Chairs the Bridges to Prosperity UK Charitable Trust.

Academic Champion: Professor Martin Gillie

Dr Pierre Gauthier

Visiting Professor in Low Emissions Combustion System Modelling

Cranfield University (Siemens Canada)

Dr. Pierre Gauthier is a Combustion Key Expert and Global Technical Focal Point for Combustion Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) at Siemens, where he is responsible for the Combustion CFD Methods and Tools Roadmap and Strategy. He has 30 years of experience in Gas Turbine Combustion, 18 of which with Rolls-Royce and now Siemens. He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Low emissions Combustion Modelling at Cranfield University in the UK, where he lectures and supervises Research Fellows, PhDs and Masters students. Dr. Gauthier is also an Affiliate Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada, where he lectures in Combustion, Gas Dynamics and Aerodynamics. He has published several papers on Combustion Modeling and Computational Methods.

Academic Champion: Dr Vishal Sethi, Cranfield University

Mr Vincent Glancy

Visiting Professor in Providing Insights to Engineering Students to Tackle Industrial Challenges

Brunel University London (Ove Arup & Partners Ltd)

Vincent is a chemical engineer with over 30 years of working in a wide range of industries, across the world, and is responsible for the development of the global chemical engineering capability at Arup. By presenting lectures and industrial design projects based on practical applications, students will appreciate the relevance of engineering solutions and benefit from the learning experience.

As a Fellow of the IChemE he is committed to developing a strong pipeline of professional engineers for future engagement in the growing needs of society.

Academic Champion: Dr Evina Katsou, Brunel University London

Dr Peter Harrod

Visiting Professor in Dependable Embedded Computing

Imperial College London (Arm Ltd)

Peter Harrod will apply his experience of microprocessor development at Arm to the teaching of students on Electrical Engineering and Electronics courses, to give them in particular more insight into the engineering required for computing solutions where functional safety, security and reliability are key design factors.
He is one of the UK members of the international group developing the ISO 26262 standard for automotive functional safety and will be able to use examples from the automotive industry to augment his teaching, especially innovations such as self-driving cars. He will also mentor students in the college and on industrial placements, with the aim of enhancing their employability, and advise on curriculum development.

Academic Champion: Prof Peter Ying Kay Cheung, Imperial College London

Dr Thoralf Hartwig

Visiting Professor in Advanced Pharmaceutical Processes

University College London (GlaxoSmithKline R&D)

Thoralf is a chemical engineer with 11 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry. He has been a honorary lecturer prior to becoming a VP.
Thoralf will support existing teaching modules by bringing fundamental principles that are taught in class to life by demonstrating how these are applied and add value in an industrial environment. He will give transparency about what to expect when transitioning into a career in industry, providing advice through mentoring and events with UCL Career Services professionals, thus preparing and encouraging the students for what lies ahead.

Acadmic Champion: Prof Alberto Striolo, University College London

Ms Gillian Horn

Visiting Professor in Interdisciplinary Professional Education in the Built Environment

University of Reading (Penoyre and Prasad LPP)

Gillian is an architect and partner of Penoyre & Prasad, a design-led practice recognised with many design and sustainability awards. She is committed to interdisciplinary design and to the valuable contribution of research in design and in practice. Gillian is very active in Design Review and an experienced chair. She has been invited to be a Trustee of the Design Council, is a ‘Wise Friend’ advisor to Urban Design London, and a regular external examiner and awards judge. She is currently completing a funded doctoral research thesis on the schism between elite and popular taste.

Academic Champion: Prof Lorraine Farrelly, University of Reading

Dr Penny Jeffcoate

Visiting Professor in Marine Energy Technologies and Associated Infrastructure

University of Southampton (Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd)

Penny works in the tidal energy sector with SMEs and has been involved in interdisciplinary engineering and project management work. The company designs, builds, installs and assesses tidal energy platforms and associated systems such as anchors and moorings.
Penny will be involved in complementing core engineering teaching with experience from marine operations and project work, as well as general industrial practices, such as meeting management, time and project management, and group working.

Academic Champion: Dr Joseph Banks MEng, University of Southampton

Dr Mark Keene

Visiting Professor in Magnetic Sensing and Detection

The University of Birmingham (Metrasens Ltd)

Professor Keene is a physicist and an elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics for his contributions to magnetic sensing. In 2001, he developed the first Ferromagnetic Detection System for hospitals after hearing of the death of a young boy who fell victim to an MRI projectile accident. He co-founded Metrasens in 2005, which has since become the leading international supplier of ferromagnetic detection systems.

His innovations have led to recent international awards from the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics as well as the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2017, and for Innovation in 2018. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Metrasens, and visiting Professor of magnetic sensing and detection at the University of Birmingham.

Academic Champion: Prof Dr Mark Sterling, The University of Birmingham

Mr Gregory Kelsall

Visiting Professor in Low Carbon Energy Systems

University of Sheffield (GE)

Greg is working with University of Sheffield, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering to contribute to the teaching and improvement of the module on 'Energy from Biomass and Waste' and subsequently to help develop a new module on 'Advanced Process Modelling and Simulation techniques'.

He will also design problem-based and industry relevant projects to enhance the learning of 3rd/4th year students, providing mentoring support and guidance.

Academic Champion: Prof Meihong Wang, The University of Sheffield

Mr Zygmunt Adam Lubkowski

Visiting Professor in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

University College London (Arup)

Ziggy is the seismic business leader for Arup in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has over 30 years specific experience of civil, geotechnical and earthquake engineering. He has contributed to several seismic research and development projects and has published numerous papers relating to this work. He has also participated in post-earthquake field missions to USA, Turkey, Indonesia and Chile.

He has been widely involved in the delivery of seismic training courses within Arup and to the wider industry. He has been Chair of the UK society for earthquakes (SECED), was an executive member of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE) and is heavily involved in the development of Eurocode 8.

Academic Champion: Prof Tiziana Rossetto, University College London

Sir John O'Reilly FREng FLSW

Visiting Professor in Communications and the Industrial Internet of Things

University of Huddersfield (NICC (standards) Ltd)

Sir John’s career has spanned industry, universities and government. Industry appointments include periods with Ultra Electronics Ltd., British Telecommunications and in the SME sector (IDB Ltd, CAST Ltd) while currently he is Chair of NICC (Standards) Ltd, the pan-telecoms industry and government body responsible for ensuring network and services interoperability in the UK and of ERA Foundation Ltd. He previously has held university appointments at UCL (where he is now a visiting professor), Bangor and Essex. UK government appointments included Director General, Knowledge and Innovation and Chief Executive of EPSRC. Internationally he has served in an advisory capacity to Industry, the EU and various government bodies around the world; he is currently Chairman of the Science and Engineering Research Council of A*STAR, Singapore.

Academic Champion: Prof Phil Lane, University of Huddersfield

Mr Brian Palmer

Visiting Professor in Mechanical Design

University of Manchester (Tharsus)

Brian is an engineer and entrepreneur, passionate about creating both great products with commercial impact and sustainable businesses in his native North East.
As CEO, Brian has built Tharsus Group (Northumberland’s largest locally-headquartered employer) into a leading and high-growth Advanced Machine and Robotics business. As the first of a new breed of Product-Partner businesses, Tharsus collaborates with its customers, who are often new to product development and product ownership, to deliver market-disrupting designs with clear strategic purpose. Brian believes Tharsus’ success is based on core values of collaboration, empowerment and a relentless focus on identifying and delivering the market needs of the product.
Brian was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2018.

Academic Champion: Dr Otto Jan Bakker, University of Manchester

Dr Jan Peters

Visiting Professor in Transforming Engineering Culture

Open University (Katalytik Ltd)

Dr Jan Peters’ experience of working across discipline and public / private sector groups in commercializing research has more recently been applied in shaping new engineering programmes. Jan has undertaken action research projects across STEM and diversity and piloted new approaches to building inclusive teams.
Jan will be applying her knowledge and expertise to evolve the student experience and educational environment on the OU summer schools using the model she wrote about in the Academy report Designing inclusion into engineering education. Further, she will develop the approach to professional leadership and self-reflection, enabling students to adopt a coach-like approach to building inclusive teams. Jan will be working with staff and students to design and implement the changes and inform the development of a new MOOC.

Academic Champion: Dr Alice Moncaster, Open University

Dr Tony Russell-Rose

Visiting Professor in Cognitive Computing and AI

University of Essex (UXLabs Ltd)

Tony Russell-Rose is founder of 2dSearch, a start-up applying artificial intelligence, natural language processing and data visualisation to create the next generation of advanced search tools. He is also director of UXLabs, a research and design consultancy specialising in complex search and information access applications. Previously Tony has led R&D teams at Canon, Reuters, Oracle, HP Labs and BT Labs.

He is author of 'Designing the Search Experience: the Information Architecture of Discovery' (Elsevier, 2013) and publishes widely on search, text analytics and human-computer interaction. He holds a PhD in Computer Science and a first degree in engineering, majoring in human factors.

Academic Champion: Dr Jon Chamberlain, University of Essex

Dr Tao Wang

Visiting Professor in Instrumentation and Measurement

University of Kent (Kronhe Ltd UK)

Dr Tao Wang is currently the Principal Engineer of KROHNE Ltd. He is a Chartered Engineer, Member of IMechE and Fellow of InstMC. Dr Wang is a specialist in flow measurement, instrumentation and relevant industrial metrology. He has a number of publications including more than 40 technical papers and 23 patent families of more than 90 international patent publications. He has led the development of multiple innovative flow measurement products and facilities while at KROHNE. He studied BSc and MSc in Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering at Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, and PhD in Engineering at Cambridge University. Since then, Dr Wang has also continued a strong involvement with academia as formerly a research associate of Cambridge University and a lecturer of Brunel University and currently a senior visiting fellow of University of Kent and an external lecturer of Cranfield University.

Academic Champion: Prof Yong Yan, University of Kent

Mr Mike Westlake

Visiting Professor in Industrial Digitalisation - Readying Warwick Students for Industry 4.0

University of Warwick (Autodesk)

Mike Westlake currently leads the Global Design & Manufacturing Strategy for Education at Autodesk. Mike will be working with the students at University of Warwick to understand how industrial digitalisation is going to change the way everything is designed, manufactured, used and disposed of. Mike will be directly lecturing, mentoring students & assisting the faculty with curriculum. He will also be bringing industrial speakers to lecture throughout the academic year to introduce students to the way various industries are being disrupted by industrial digitalisation. The aim is to highlight the immense opportunities this brings for engineers.

Academic Champion: Dr Simon James Leigh, University of Warwick

Dr Stewart White

Visiting Professor in Technological Entrepreneurship: Providing a Core Skill for Tomorrow’s Biomedical Engineers

The University Of Glasgow (Novel Technologies Holdings Limited)

Previously CEO of two life science AIM-quoted companies, Stewart is currently Chief Executive Officer of Novel Technologies Holdings Limited, Chairman of Mikota Ltd, Non-Executive Director with The Electrospinning Company Limited and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Collagen Solutions plc. Stewart has international executive experience in commercial product development, GMP manufacturing of medical devices, advanced biologics and API's in both SME's and global pharmaceuticals. He is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and holds a First Class degree in Applied Microbiology, a Ph.D. in Fermentation Technology and Bioprocessing, and an MBA.

Academic Champion: Dr Henrik Gollee, The University Of Glasgow