Our Team

Our academic team covers diverse career stages, background and experience, including PhD Students, Post-Doctoral Research Assistants of various levels of experience and early career, established and senior advanced academics across the three institutions. This team have been supported in some 70 EPSRC projects worth £112m with current EPSRC support of more than £17m.

As of January 2024, our Team includes 31 members, including 22 full and part time members and 9 PhD Students. The numbers are planned to grow to circa 32 members of staff and 14 PhD Students across the three Institutions over the life of the Programme.

Photographs and biographies of the RIED Team members can be found via the table below. Click once to open a group and click again to return to the closed state.

Leadership

Prof Mark Price

Prof Mark Price

Principle Investigator

Queen’s University Belfast

Mark Price graduated in 1987 with a First Class Honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast and a Masters in Engineering Computation in 1988. He returned later to QUB to undertake a PhD in the department of Mechanical……

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Prof Andy Tyrrell

Prof Andy Tyrrell

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University of York

Andy Tyrrell received a 1st class honours degree in 1982 and a PhD in 1985, both in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Andy’s main research interests are in the design of biologically-inspired architectures, computer engineering, microelectronics, robotics, evolvable hardware, FPGA system……

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Prof Trevor Robinson

Prof Trevor Robinson

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Queen’s University Belfast

Trevor graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a MEng in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. He then pursued a PhD in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering while working on a large European Framework Programme aerospace project called VIVACE. He……

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Prof Paul Conway

Prof Paul Conway

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Loughborough University

Paul is Dean of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough and Professor of Manufacturing Processes. He led EPSRC’s Innovative Electronics manufacturing Centre for more than 10 years and has worked in manufacturing processes and technology research and consultancy in……

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Prof Yan Jin

Prof Yan Jin

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Queen’s University Belfast

Prof Jin is a professor of Smart Manufacturing and Robotics in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. He has been working in the school as a research fellow (2007-08), a lecturer (2009-15), and a senior lecturer (2015-18).……

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Professor Frank Kirkland

Queen’s University Belfast

Professor Frank Kirkland has extensive industrial experience having worked for Rolls-Royce plc for 38 years latterly as Chief Designer-Civil Aerospace. His expertise in the Design and Aerospace field was recognised by the award of a Royal Aerospace Society Gold Medal……

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Academics

Prof Carmen Torres-Sanchez

Loughborough University

Carmen received an MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Granada (Spain).  After a few years working in Brussels, sitting on the executive board of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises, she decided to undertake a PhD in Mechanical……

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Dr Declan Nolan

Queen’s University Belfast

Declan is a Lecturer in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s, and a Chartered Engineer with significant industrial experience. Upon graduating with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s in 2008, he undertook a role as Stress Engineer with……

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Dr Peter Kilpatrick

Queen’s University Belfast

Peter Kilpatrick is a Reader in Computer Science. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science, both from Queen’s University Belfast. His research interests lie in parallel and distributed computing, most recently……

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Prof Karen Rafferty

Queen’s University Belfast

Professor Karen Rafferty specialises in Virtual and Augment Reality Technologies, which looks at the application of VR, AR and AI techniques to Industry 4.0, Digital Healthcare and complex environments. She has over fifteen years’ experience working within the fields of……

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Dr Radmehr P Monfared

Loughborough University

Radmehr is a senior lecturer in intelligent automation, robotic applications, and advanced manufacturing digitalisation. He has 17 years of experience in various industries including automotive, aerospace, electronics, and train maintenance. He started as a process engineer on shop floors, to……

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Researchers

Dr Imelda Friel

Dr Imelda Friel

Research Fellow

Queen’s University Belfast

Imelda graduated with a PhD from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2018. She previously completed a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2014, with an industrial placement as a Manufacturing Engineer at B/E Aerospace (now Collins Aerospace).……

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Dr Andrew Colligan

Dr Andrew Colligan

Research Fellow

Queen’s University Belfast

Andrew completed his PhD in 2022 from Queen’s University Belfast after previously obtaining Master of Mechanical Engineering also from Queen’s. His PhD project titled ”Deep Learning for Boundary Representation CAD Models” focussed on using neural networks for learning from B-Rep……

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Dr Simon Hickinbotham

Dr Simon Hickinbotham

Research Fellow

University of York

Simon studied Ecology at Bachelors level at RHBNC London, before moving to York to complete an MSc in Biological Computation in 1994. His research project led to an EPSRC-funded position as a research associate in computer vision, which was the……

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Dr Paul Goodall

Dr Paul Goodall

Senior Research Associate

Loughborough University

Paul graduated with a PhD from the school of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough in 2015 having previously completed an MEng in Mechanical Engineering. His PhD focused upon cost estimation for remanufacturing, using techniques including case-based reasoning and……

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Dr Edgar Buchanan Berumen

University of York

Edgar completed his PhD in 2019 from the University of York in the Department of Electronics. His PhD focused upon the fault-tolerance in foraging robotics swarms. After completing his PhD, Edgar worked as Research Associate in the Autonomous Robotic Evolution……

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Dr Zhiwei Zhao

Dr Zhiwei Zhao

Research Fellow

Queen’s University Belfast

Zhiwei graduated with a PhD from college of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2022. His major is aerospace manufacturing engineering, and his PhD project titled “Deformation control method driven by deformation force monitoring data……

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Dr Thomas Shannon

Dr Thomas Shannon

Research Fellow

Queen’s University Belfast

Thomas studied for his Master’s and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, completing in 2022. His PhD project was entitled “A Feature-Mapping Optimisation Framework for CAD Based Design”, where he explored the potential of integrating topology optimisation frameworks……

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Dr Naeem Iqbal

Dr Naeem Iqbal

Research Fellow

Queen’s University Belfast

Naeem Iqbal received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from Computer Engineering Department at Jeju National University, Republic of Korea, in 2023. He has been awarded the best academic achievement award (Presidential Award) for outstanding research in his doctoral course.……

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Matt Burton

Matt Burton

Research Associate

Loughborough University

Matt joined the RIED team in July 2023 as a research associate within the Multifunctional Materials and Manufacturing lab of the Wolfson School. His research focus is the cyber-physical validation of porous structures, and his other interests include additive manufacturing……

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PhD Students

Shangmou Yang

Loughborough University

I am a PhD student in Loughborough University in Multifunctional Materials Manufacturing lab. My research project is focused on the design, manufacture and validation of biocompatible bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) for orthopaedic application. Educated in materials science and engineering, I……

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Mr Julian Francis

Queen’s University Belfast

Julian graduated with a first-class Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University of Belfast in 2022 and is now commencing a PhD in the RIED project. Julian has been involved in engineering design, optimisation and finite element analysis throughout his……

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Thomas Whittaker

Queen’s University Belfast

Thomas graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2022 with a 1st Class Masters in Mechanical Engineering. During his degree, Thomas completed a year in industry at Denroy. During his years in education, Thomas completed a range of internships which included,……

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Mudassar Khalil

Loughborough University

Mudassar is a PhD student at Loughborough University. He joined in July 2022 and his work is focused on design, manufacture and validation of porous materials and multifunctional structures. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from UET Lahore,……

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Colin Roitt

University of York

Colin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2019 and then, in the same year, made the move to the University of York to pursue a Master’s in Advanced Computer Science. Graduating a year later, they went on……

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Orlagh Casey

Queen’s University Belfast

Orlagh graduated from her Bachelor’s in Architecture at Ulster University in 2018, and Master’s in Architecture at Queens University in 2021. Her thesis explored the creation of new bio building materials inspired by nature’s form and behaviours implemented through robotic……

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Jonathan Brady

Queen’s University Belfast

Jonathan graduated from Queens’ University Belfast in July 2021 with a master’s in mechanical engineering, his master’s project was in analysing heat transfer through novel materials. Jonathan began his PhD within the RIED team in October of 2021. Currently, Jonathan’s……

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Caitlin Sands

Queen’s University Belfast

Caitlin graduated with a first-class degree in MEng Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University of Belfast in 2023. During her degree, she completed an industrial placement within the automation team at the Northern Ireland Technology Centre (NITC), where she gained valuable……

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Michael Murphy

Queen’s University Belfast

Michael graduated with a first-class degree in MEng Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast in 2023. His final year project involved the design of a thermal subsystem for a Cube Satellite. Michael joined the RIED Project in October 2023, with……

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Staff

Andrew Mowles

Andrew Mowles

Operations Programme Manager

Queen’s University Belfast

Andrew Mowles is an experienced Programme Manager and Chartered Mechanical Engineer. In June 2021, Andrew began working for Queens University, Belfast as the Operations Manager on the EPSRC Programme Grant on “Re-Imagining Engineering Design” (EP/V007335/1) working with the Universities of……

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Strategic Governance Board

The Strategic Governance Board meets 6 monthly and provides the effective strategic leadership to the overall RIED team as per Terms of Reference.

Prof Mark Gillan

Prof Mark Gillan

Chair of the RIED Strategic Governance Board / Associate Vice President, Technologies and Special Projects, National Transformation Institute (NTI) at KAUST, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Mark has held various engineering leadership roles within industry, Formula One, academia and the public sector. In over a decade in F1 he ran both Jaguar/Red Bull and Williams race engineering teams.  In academia he held the inaugural Sir George……

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Dr Stephen Wyatt

Dr Stephen Wyatt

Research & Disruptive Innovation Director (ORE Catapult)

Stephen joined the Catapult in December 2013 as strategy director, bringing considerable experience in the low carbon arena, most notably in his previous role as director of innovation at the Carbon Trust, where he played a key part in writing……

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Prof Sam Turner

Prof Sam Turner

Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC) Belfast

Professor Sam Turner is the CEO of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC), a £98m industry led innovation centre funded through the Belfast Regional City Deal at Queens University Belfast. Sam brings over 15 years leadership experience in industry led……

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Dr Pamela Walsh

Pamela Walsh is a senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. Prior to that, she was a lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Queen’s. She has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering……

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International Scientific Advisory Board

The International Scientific Advisory Board meets annually and it reviews and monitors the scientific programme and advises on strategic direction

Prof Chris McMahon

University of Bristol

Chris McMahon is former Professor of Engineering Design at the University of Bristol, and is currently Senior Research Fellow and Senior Teaching Fellow at that University. He has also worked at the Technical University of Denmark, and at the University……

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Prof Alison McKay

University of Leeds

Alison McKay received a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bradford and was awarded a PhD on relationships in product data in 1996.  She is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  ……

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Holger Graf

Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research OGD

Holger Graf received his diploma degree in ‚Technomathematik‘ (Industrial Mathematics) from the University of Karlsruhe in 1997 and graduated in 1998 from the department of computer science at the University of Bristol (England) with a M.Sc. in ‘Global Computing and……

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Prof Steve Smith

Texas A&M University, USA

Dr. Steven M. Smith is a Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University, having been on the faculty there since 1980. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1974, and……

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Prof Dr Ola Isaksson

Prof Dr Ola Isaksson

The division of Product Development, Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers

Dr Ola Isaksson is professor in Product Development and leader of the Systems Engineering Design research group. He has a PhD in Computer Aided Design from 1999 at Luleå University of Technology, and until 2015 he had a specialist carrier……

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Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh

CEO / Founder of intrinSIM LLC and CEO and Co-Founder at ASSESS Initiative LLC

Joe Walsh founded intrinSIM in late 2009 to enable rapid next-generation application development for engineering software, and he also co-founded the ASSESS Initiative in mid-2016 to significantly increase the usage and benefit of Engineering Simulation. Mr. Walsh brings over 40……

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Dr Ksenija Dvurecenska

Dr Ksenija Dvurecenska

Lecturer at the University of Liverpool

Ksenija Dvurecenska received the M.Eng. degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southampton, UK, and the Ph.D. degree in validation of solid mechanics models from the University of Liverpool, UK. She is currently a lecturer at the University of……

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RIED Alumni

Here you will find our RIED Alumni. These are people who have been a part of our RIED team and contributed to our research but have since moved on to new opportunities in academia, industry and elsewhere.

Dr Rahul Dubey

Dr Rahul Dubey

Research Fellow

University of York

Rahul worked on the RIED Project from July 2021 to January 2024 as a Post Doctorate Research Associate until he was promoted to his current position, working as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Missouri State University in……

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Ms Laura McGirr

Queen’s University Belfast

Laura graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2010 with a 1st Class Masters in Product Design & Development from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; followed by a PGCE in Technology & Design from Ulster University. Laura returned to……

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Dearbhla Magill

Dearbhla Magill

RIED Admin / Personal Assistant

Queen’s University Belfast

Dearbhla Magill joined the RIED project in July 2021 as the PA for the project. Dearbhla has worked in Queens University since 2019 in the School of Medicine and Dentistry as a Postgraduate administrator before the exciting opportunity of the……

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Dr Daniel Brice

Dr Daniel Brice

Research Fellow

Queen’s University Belfast

From January 2023, Dr Daniel Brice was a research fellow within the school of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) carrying out studies with virtual environments for the RIED Programme. His main research interests are developing multisensorial feedback systems……

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