The modules in this programme are delivered with lectures and lab-based tutorials giving a good balance between scientific methodologies and hands-on practice.
There is a heavy emphasis on the use of computational engineering methods and this is reflected in the way the programme is delivered and assessed.
Modules are assessed through either course work or exams. The major project is assessed by dissertation; examples of past major projects include development of CFD code, aero and structural dynamics of vehicles and aircraft, and analysis of development of industrial machines.
Along with the range of technical skills, the Programme aims to develop self reliance, project management, IT communications and research skills.
You will develop and deliver a major dissertation and the necessary project management processes. You will also make several individual presentations and get chance to hone your interview techniques.
Programmer Director: Dr J. Gregory Dr Xianghong Ma
Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Dr J. Gregory Swadener is an internationally recognized expert in nanomechanics and solid mechanics modelling and has on-going collaborations in the UK and internationally. Dr. Phillip Davies is a leading expert in sustainability engineering with a particular focus on applications for developing countries. Other academic members provide expertise in design, CAD, dynamics, thermal/fluid sciences, business development, project management and innovation.
Dr Ma graduated with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in 2000. Prior to joining Aston University in 2002, she worked as a Senior Mechanical Engineer in General Electric Global Research Centre in Schenectady, New York. During her past study and industrial working experience Dr Ma researched non-linear dynamics of systems from aeronautical, power generation to medical equipment.
Dr Ma’s recent research is focused on Micro/Nano technology in biomedical engineering and she is developing innovative sensing, actuation and manipulation tools for cell, tissue and body using state-of-the-art technologies. Dr Mark Prince Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Mark is a former Aston graduate with experience in mechanical design and analysis. His research interests are in ophthalmic and medical device development and he has experience in designing microsystems for biological structure interfacing, and exploiting vision technologies. Mark has expertise in 3D computer solid modelling, rapid prototyping and rapid manufacture, computer aided engineering, electronic/mechatronic design, and optical and contact microscopy and imaging techniques. Dr Philip Davies Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Philip Davies is a member of the Sustainable Environment Research Group. His main research activities are in developing renewable and efficient energy systems and in the treatment of water for drinking and sanitation. Philip has held appointments at the University of Oxford, the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid, the University of Warwick, and in manufacturing and consulting companies. He holds a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and D.Phil from the University of Oxford.