Senior Lecturer Phone number: +44(0)121 2043737
Room number: NW413
I joined Aston University in Jan 2010 into Engineering and Applied Science. I currently work in the Power Systems and Power Electronic Group.
Prior to joining Aston University, I had obtained over 10 years experience in industry working at both Rolls Royce and Eon as an Engineer. I also have 3 years academic experience having held a Daphne Jackson Fellowship at Sheffield University and an RA position at Cambridge University.
Qualifications & Education
- BEng with First Class Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Heriot Watt University 1991
- PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Cambridge, 1995
- 2004 - 2010: Rolls Royce Fuel Cell Systems Ltd
- 2002 - 2004: The University of Sheffield (Research Fellow)
- 1997 - 2001: Power Technology Centre, Powergen (now Eon)
I primarily lecture on the Foundation degree program at Aston on the EPE and PSM courses
I am module leader for a new BEng/MEng undergraduate course on Power System which started in 2014
I’m primarily interested in the role of power electronics as it relates to the electricity grid. In particular, I’m interested in how the smart grid develops and the technical challenges underlying the security of supply around this. My interests also include the energy storage issues relating to battery systems on the grid including those in electric vehicles and their potential to provide frequency response and voltage support.
Key areas of interest within the research group are in the stability and protection of power systems, energy utilisation and efficiency, power electronic converters and devices, and the modelling and simulation of power electronic systems.
Recent research funding
Since joining Aston University I have been awarded/involved with the following grants:EPSRC Capital Grant (with Sheffield and Southampton Universities)
- FALCON with WPD
- DECC (with ABB, Portastor, Sheffield, ECA, WPD, Renault, TMETC, G&P batteries)
- TSB feasibility study (with ECA, WPD, G&P batteries, Sheffield, Renault)
- KTP with TMETC
- KTP with Central Networks
- EPSRC 1st Grant
Prior to joining Aston University I was a collaborator on several big grants including the following where I mostly managed the technical aspects from an electrical power and controls aspect:
- DOE funding in collaboration US Utility (DTE) for the development of advanced Distributed Energy Resource (DER) systems using low cost power electronics to connect fuel cell power stations at distribution level networks (DE-FC02-06CH11347).
- EU Framework 6 grant: European Integrated project LARGESOFC: “Towards a Large SOFC Power Plant” which lasted for three years, from January 1, 2007. Total budget of the project was EUR 11 million. (My role was looking into the control system development and including some prognostic and diagnostic work).
I'm currently supervising two PhD students
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