Key People

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Professor Bruce Drinkwater

FIND-CDT Director, University of Bristol

He is an internationally-regarded academic with a strong track record in doctoral training having successfully graduated 17 doctoral students, all of whom have completed their studies on-time. He has specific experience of CDT management as the Bristol Co-director of both the CDT in Quantitative NDE and the new CDT in Future Innovation (FIND). Drinkwater also has proven ability at leading large and complex projects, e.g., he has led a £4M EPSRC Programme Grant, is on the Executive Board of RCNDE and leads the University of Bristol’s NDE group which has 5 academics and 20 doctoral students.

Professor Anthony Croxford

FIND CDT Programme Director, University of Bristol

He is a Mechanical Engineer who has won numerous teaching awards at Bristol and founded a spin-out (Inductosense) in 2016 that has attracted £2M in investment.

Dr Peter Huthwaite

Technology Transfer Champion, Imperial College London

Peter Huthwaite received his MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College in 2008. He begun a PhD with the Non-Destructive Testing group later that year, completing in early 2012. Subsequently he took up a Research Associate position with the lab. In early 2015 he won a 5-year EPSRC Early Career Fellowship “Quantitative non-destructive imaging with limited data” of nearly £1 million in value, and was appointed as a lecturer in 2016.

Dr Rachel Edwards

Public Engagement Champion, University of Warwick

She is a Physicist with multidisciplinary research interests covering non-contact ultrasound for NDE and materials characterisation who won the Warwick award for her engagement with schools in 2017.

Professor Gareth Pierce 

Student Feedback and Support Champion, University of Strathclyde

He is a multidisciplinary Engineer who leads the Autonomous Systems for Inspection research group at Strathclyde. 

Professor Matt Clark

Networking and Cohort Building Activities Champion, University of Nottingham 

He leads the Optics and Photonics Research Group in the Faculty of Engineering at Nottingham.

Professor Tony Peyton 

SME and Supply Chain Engagement Champion, University of Manchester

He is an Electrical Engineer at Manchester who is an expert on electromagnetic sensing for NDT and security applications.

John Edwards

FIND CDT Manager

He has 15 years’ experience of managing research and enterprise offices and doctoral centres at four universities. He has specialised in recruitment, admissions, funding and international partnerships.

Independent Advisors

Professor Koen Van Den Abeele – KU Leuven

Campus Chair of the Science, Engineering and Technology Group, Kulak Kortrijk Campus​

Campus Chair of the Faculty of Science, Kulak Kortrijk Campus​
Head of Physics, Kulak Kortrijk Campus​
Head of the Subdivision Ultrasonic Spectroscopy for Non-destructive Testing

Professor Rob Dwyer-Joyce – Sheffield University

Professor of Tribology and Lubrication Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Tribology and manages the Leonardo Centre for Tribology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow if the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He currently holds an EPSRC Advanced Career Fellowship in Tribo-Acoustic Sensors.

Professor Valerie Pinfield – Loughborough University

Professor of Applied Ultrasonics  and Complex Materials in the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering at Loughborough University, UK. Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a former Head of Department for Chemical Engineering.