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Acheson, Jonathan
Name: Jonathan Acheson
Email: jacheson07@qub.ac.uk  
Supervisors: Dr Andrew Hamilton, Dr Nicholas Dunne and Dr Saurav Goel
Funding: DEL
Education: BSc (Hons) Biomedical Engineering, University of Ulster
Project Title: Multifunctional Engineered Bone Tissue Scaffolds Using Bottom-Up Nanofabrication Techniques
Jonathan Adams 400 x 400
Name: Jonathan Adams
Email: jadams25@qub.ac.uk  
Supervisors: Dr Yan JinDr David Barnes and Dr Joseph Butterfield
Funding: DEL
Education: MEng Mechanical Engineering, Queen's University Belfast (2015)
Project Title: Optimized Motion Planning and Control for Robot Based Rotational Moulding Processes
 Agarwal, Dheeraj
 
Name: Dheeraj Agarwal
Email: d.agarwal@qub.ac.uk                   
Supervisors: Dr Trevor Robinson and Professor Cecil Armstrong
Funding: Marie Skłodowska-Curie HORIZON 2020 Project IODA
Education: Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering (IIST, India) and Masters in Helicopter Engineering (ISAE, France)
Project Title: CAD Based Optimization with Adaptive Feature Insertion

 
 David Allen 400 x 400
 
Name: David Allen
Email: dallen15@qub.ac.uk         
Supervisors: Professor Adrian Murphy and Dr Joseph Butterfield
Funding: DEL funding
Education: MEng in Aerospace Engineering (QUB)
Project Title: Using Value Methods to Support Outsourcing Decisions
 Anumula, Narendran
 
Name: Narendran Anumula         
Email: vanumula01@qub.ac.uk   
Supervisors: Dr Gary Menary and Dr Peter Martin
Funding: Alpla Werke GmbH
Education: MSc (Computational Engineering), Ruhr University Bochum
Project Title: Processing-Property Relations in Stretch Blow Moulding of PET Containers
 Baumard, Theo
 
Name: Théo Baumard
Email: tbaumard01@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr Gary Menary, Dr Peter Martin, Dr Olivier De Almeida, Pr Yannick Le Maoult and Pr Fabrice Schmidt
Funding: Queen’s University Belfast & École des Mines d’Albi
Education: Diplôme d’Ingénieur, École Centrale de Nantes (2014); MEng (Aerospace Materials and Structures), McGill University (2014)
Project Title: Advanced thermomechanical simulation of the thermoforming of thermoplastic composites
 Blair, Ross  
Name: Ross Blair
Email: rblair522@qub.ac.uk           
Supervisors: Dr Gary Menary, Dr Alex Lennon and Professor Nicholas Dunne
Funding: EPSRC
Education: MEng Mechanical Engineering, Queen's University Belfast
Project Title: Investigating Biomechanics of Bioresorbable Coronary Stents
David Buentello Montoya 400 x 400
Name: David Buentello Montoya
Email: dbuentellomontoya01@qub.ac.uk  
Supervisors: Dr Xiaolei Zhang and Dr Simao Marques
Funding: CONACYT
Education: Bachelor in Environmental Engineering, MSc in Chemical Engineering
Project Title: Biomass Gasification and Tar Removal for Power Generation
Joanne Campbell 400 x 400
Name: Joanne Campbell
Email: jcampbell2002@qub.ac.uk           
Supervisors: Professor Brian Falzon and Dr Gasser Abdelal
Funding: DEL
Education: MSci (Hons) Physics, Queen's University Belfast
Project Title: Multiphysics Simulation of Lightning Strike on Nano-Enhanced Composite Aircraft Structures
 Camacho, Jorge
 
Name: Jorge Camacho Casero
Email: j.camacho-casero@qub.ac.uk       
Supervisors: Dr Trevor Robinson and Professor Cecil Armstrong
Funding: Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 604981
Education: MEng Mechanical Engineering
Project Title: Automatic idealisation of 3D quasi-axisymmetric components
 Chitwan, Ravi  
Name: Ravi Chitwan
Email: rchitwan01@qub.ac.uk     
Supervisors: Professor Brian Falzon and Professor Stephen Hawkins
Funding: Queen’s University Studentship and MAGNUS
Education: MSc Materials Engineering, Swansea University (2014), BEng Aerospace Engineering with Honours, Swansea University (2012)
Project Title: Interlaminar Fracture Toughness of Advanced Composite Aerostructures Using Nanotechnology
 Chowdhury, Jahedul  
Name: Jahedul Islam Chowdhury
Email: jchowdhury01@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr David Thornhill and Dr Bao Kha Nguyen
Funding: Queen’s Special Research Scholarship, QUB
Education: MSc Thermal Power and Fluid Engineering, The University of Manchester
Project Title: Modelling and Control of Waste Heat Recovery System
Denis Dalli 400 x 400
Name: Denis Dalli
Email: ddalli01@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Professor Brian G Falzon and Dr Giuseppe Catalanotti
Funding: Queen's University Belfast, McLaren Honda F1
Education: MSc Advanced Motorsport Engineering, Cranfield University (2016); BEng Mechanical Engineering, University of Malta (2015)
Project Title: Predicting the Crashworthiness of Formula 1 Composite Automotive Structures Using Finite Element Analysis
 Davison, Lisa  
Name: Lisa Davison
Email: ldavison10@qub.ac.uk     
Supervisors: Dr Eoin Cunningham, Professor Fraser Buchanan and Froso Themistou
Funding: EPSRC and Nordion Inc.
Education: MEng in Mechanical Engineering
Project Title: Sterilisation Challenges of Bioresorbable Medical Devices
 Donaghy, Clare  
Name: Clare Lubov Donaghy
Email: cdonaghy38@qub.ac.uk   
Supervisors: Dr Chi Wai Chan, Dr Savko Malinov and Andriana Margariti
Funding: DEL
Education: BSc Biomedical Engineering, University of Ulster Jordanstown
Project Title: Laser Processing of Beta Titanium Orthopaedic Implants for Enhanced Cell Response
Matthew Elliott 400 x 400
Name: Matthew Elliott
Email: melliott16@qub.ac.uk   
Supervisors: Professor Stephen Spence
Funding: DEL
Education: MEng Mechanical Engineering, Queen's University Belfast (2016)
Project Title: 3D Blade Optimisation Using Multiphysics Analysis for Improved Efficiency of Mixed Flow Turbines
 Friel, Imelda  
Name: Imelda Friel
Email: ifriel01@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr Joseph Butterfield and Dr Adelaide Marzano 
Funding: EPSRC
Education: MEng in Aerospace Engineering 2014
Project Title: Using Simulation Intent and Geometric Reasoning to Integrate Design and Manufacturing Disciplines in an Intelligent DMU
 Galloway, Lee  
Name: Lee Galloway
Email: lgalloway04@qub.ac.uk        
Supervisors: Professor Stephen Spence and Dr Sung In Kim
Funding: DEL
Education: MEng Mechanical Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast (2014)
Project Title: A Novel Method of Using Vaned Diffusers for Improving Compressor Stability in Advanced Boosting Systems
 Ghadia, Surendra  
Name: Surendra Kumar Ghadai
Email: sghadai01@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr Gary Menary and Dr Peter Martin
Funding: ALPLA
Education: B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering, UCE Burla, Odisha, India and M.Tech in Thermal Engineering, IIT Delhi, India
Project Title: Finite Element Modelling of Stretch Blow Moulding Process for Optimal Design of Packaging
Lee Gibson 400 x 400
Name: Lee Gibson
Email: lgibson17@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Professor Stephen Spence and Dr Sung In Kim
Funding: ALPLA
Education: BEng Mechanical Engineering, LYIT (2015) and MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering, QUB (2016)
Project Title: TBC
 Gibson, Zara  
Name: Zara Gibson           
Email: zgibson01@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr Joseph Butterfield and Dr Adelaide Marzano
Funding: DEL
Education: BSc Psychology
Project Title: Virtual Methods for Assessing Distractibility and the Broader Human Experience in the Operation of Modern Transport Platforms
 Graham, Jordan  
Name: Jordan Graham    
Email: jgraham53@qub.ac.uk    
Supervisors: Dr Savko Malinov and Professor Roy Douglas
Funding: Invest NI
Education: MEng Mechanical Engineering from QUB
Project Title: Experimental Investigation of the Microstructure Changes, Properties and Performance of High Temperature Materials
 Harley, Cara  
Name: Cara Harley
Email: charley01@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr Damian Quinn, Dr Trevor Robinson and Dr Saurav Goel
Funding: DEL
Education: MEng Aerospace Engineering (2014)
Project Title: Simulation Intent for Multi-Fidelity Modelling of Composite Material Coupon Tests
Andrew Harris 400 x 400
Name: Andrew Harris
Email: aharris07@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr Danielle Soban and Dr Beatrice Smyth
Funding: DEL and Wrightbus
Education: MEng Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast (2016)
Project Title: Whole Life Cycle Modelling of Alternative Driveline Technologies
Ying Huang 400 x 400
Name: Ying Huang
Email: yhuang13@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr Danielle Soban and Dr Dan Sun
Funding: DEL
Education: BSc mathematics, MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering
Project Title: Technology Impact Forecasting for Multi-Functional Composites
Kurtis Irwin 400 x 400
Name: Kurtis Irwin
Email: kirwin09@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Professor Roy Douglas and Dr Savko Malinov
Funding: Invest NI
Education: MEng Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast
Project Title: Ageing Mechanisms and Procedures for Automotive Catalysts
Benoit Lecallard 400 x 400
Name: Benoît Lecallard
Email: blecallard01@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr Trevor Robinson and Professor Cecil Armstrong
Funding: Innovate UK
Education: MSc Aerostructures and Aerodynamics (University of Sheffield); MSc Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (Arts et Métiers Paritech, France)
Project Title: Managing Computer Aided Engineering Models for Complex Component Geometry
 ‌Little, Hannah
 
Name: Hannah Little
Email: hlittle03@qub.ac.uk 
Supervisors: Professor Fraser Buchanan, Susan Clarke and Dr Eoin Cunningham
Funding: DEL
Education: 1st Class Honours Masters in Product Design Engineering, Queens University Belfast
Project Title: Additive Manufacture of Bioresorbable Hard Tissue Scaffolds
 ‌Liu, Haibao  
Name: Haibao Liu
Email: hliu07@qub.ac.uk   
Supervisors: Professor Brian Falzon
Funding: Special Research Scholarship
Education: MEng in Mechanical Engineering, Jilin University, 2014, and BEng in Industrial Engineering, Chengdu University of Technology, 2011.
Project Title: Predicting Impact Damage and Residual Strength in Composite Aerostructures
 ‌Liu, Weibo
 
Name: Weibo Liu
Email: wliu09@qub.ac.uk  
Supervisors: Dr Yan Jin
Funding: Queen's University Belfast/China Scholarship Council
Education: BEng, Guizhou University, China, 2007-2011, Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (AML), Chongqing University, China, 2011-2013
Project Title: Scheduling Algorithm Development for Permutation Flowshop under Static and Dynamic Environment
Hong Ma 400 x 400
Name: Hong Ma
Email: hma91@qub.ac.uk  
Supervisors: Professor Brian Falzon, Professor Stephen Hawkins and Dr M Aravand
Funding: Queen's University Belfast/China Scholarship Council
Education: Bachelor in Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology and MSc in Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University
Project Title: The CTNs Modified Multi-Phase Hybrid Epoxy Nanocomposites
 ‌McAleavy, Emer
 
Name: Emer McAleavy
Email: emcaleavy01@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Professor Brian Falzon and Dr Damian Quinn
Funding: DEL
Education: BSc (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering, MSc Advanced Composites and Polymers
Project Title: Analysis and Design of Thermoplastic Composite Structural Joints
 ‌McBrien, Chiara
 
Name: Chiara Marisa McBrien
Email: cmcbrien04@qub.ac.uk      
Supervisors: Dr. Alex Lennon, Professor Nicholas Dunne and Professor Brian Falzon
Funding: DEL
Education: MEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Queen’s University of Belfast
Project Title: Investigation of MWCNT Reinforced Bone Cement Fatigue in Orthopaedic Implants
 ‌McClelland, John  
Name: John McClelland
Email: jmcclelland08@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Professor Adrian Murphy, Dr Saurav Goel and Dr Yan Jin
Funding: DEL
Education: QUB Maters Mechanical Engineering 2010-2015
Project Title: Virtual Manufacturing Simulations for Single Shot Drilling Processes
 ‌McGauran, Thomas  
Name: Thomas McGauran
Email: tmcgauran01@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr Eoin Cunningham, Dr Beatrice Smyth and Professor Nicholas Dunne
Funding: ERSRC Case Studentship Award
Education: BEng in Sustainable Design Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), Dundalk Institute of Technology, 2015
Project Title: Development of Novel Bio-polymer Functional Additives from Poultry Waste Streams
 ‌McKelvey, David  
Name: David McKelvey    
Email: dmckelvey06@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr Gary Menary and Dr Peter Martin
Funding: EPSRC
Education: MEng Mechanical Engineering
Project Title: Thermo-mechanical Modelling of Semi-crystalline Polymers
 ‌McKenna, Gowain  
Name: Gowain R McKenna
Email: gmckenna23@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Dr Trevor Robinson and Dr Marco Geron 
Funding: DEL Research Grant
Education: MSc Advanced Aerospace Engineering, BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies
Project Title: Fast Thermo-Fluid Analysis of Compartments Models Using a Reduced Order Model
 
 ‌McKenna, Vincent  
Name: Vincent McKenna
Email: vmckenna02@qub.ac.uk    
Supervisors: Dr Yan Jin and Professor Adrian Murphy
Funding: DEL
Education: MEng Mechanical Engineering, QUB (2015)
Project Title: Variation Management in Design and Production for Complex Assembly Systems
 ‌Millen, Scott  
Name: Scott Millen
Email: smillen05@qub.ac.uk          
Supervisors: Professor Adrian Murphy and Dr Gasser Abdelal
Funding: EPSRC
Education: MEng Mechanical Engineering (QUB 2015)
Project Title: Development of a New Modelling Tool to Better Represent the Interaction of Lightning with Aircraft Composites
 ‌Morrison, Richard  
Name: Richard Morrison
Email: rmorrison13@qub.ac.uk     
Supervisors: Professor Stephen Spence and Dr Sung In Kim
Funding: DEL         
Education: MEng Mechanical Engineering at QUB (2014)
Project Title: Evaluating the Impact of Housing Configuration and Surface Friction on the Off-Design Performance of Mixed Flow Turbines for Automotive Turbocharger Applications
 ‌O'Connor, John  
Name: John O'Connor
Email: joconnor15@qub.ac.uk                   
Supervisors: Dr Alex Lennon, Dr Adelaide Marzano, Professor Nicholas Dunne, Dr Janet Hill and Professor David Beverland
Funding: Belfast Arthroplasty Research Trust
Education: B.E Biomedical Engineering (NUI Galway)
Project Title: Implant Placement Optimisation in Total Hip Replacement Surgery
Dimitrios Papadimitrakis 400 x 400
Name: Dimitrios Papadimitrakis
Email: dpapadimitrakis01@qub.ac.uk                  
Supervisors: Professor Cecil Armstrong and Dr Trevor Robinson
Funding: Aerospace Technology Institute , Rolls Royce
Education: Joint Degree in Mechanical Engineering 
Project Title: GEMinIDS
 ‌Rutherford, Megan  
Name: Megan Rutherford
Email: mrutherford90@qub.ac.uk              
Supervisors: Dr Alex Lennon, Dr Adelaide Marzano, Professor Nicholas Dunne, Dr Janet Hill and Professor David Beverland
Funding: Belfast Arthroplasty Research Trust
Education: MEng Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Queen’s University of Belfast
Project Title: Pelvic Orientation During Hip Replacement Surgery
Alexander Shaw 400 x 400
Name: Alexander Shaw
Email: ashaw17@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors:  Professor Brian Falzon and Dr Xiaolei Zhang
Funding:  DEL
Education: MChem Chemistry, Sheffield Hallam University
Project Title:  Bio-oil Valorisation To Produce Sustainable Transport Fuels
 Sheshanarayana, Sriharsha  
Name: Sriharsha Sheshanarayana
Email: ssheshanarayana01@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors:  Professor Cecil Armstrong and Dr Trevor Robinson
Funding:  EPSRC and Airbus
Education: Master’s in Aerospace Mechanics and Avionics from ISAE, Toulouse, France and Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from VTU, India
Project Title:  Aircraft Structural Stress Based Indicators for Loads Optimisation
Dan Smith 400 x 400
Name: Dan Smith
Email: dsmith32@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors:  Dr Bao Kha Nguyen, Dr Juliana Early and Dr Robert Kee
Funding:  DEL and Wrightbus
Education: MEng Mechanical Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast
Project Title:  Intelligent Power Management and Control for Hybrid / Electric Vehicles
Stephen Smith 400 x 400
Name: Stephen Smith
Email: ssmith54@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors:  Professor Brian Falzon and Dr Gary Menary
Funding:  DEL
Education: 1st BEng Mechanical Engineering, Oxford Brookes University
Project Title:  Meshless Methods for Simulating the Injection Stretch Blow Moulding Process
Trevor Smyth 400 x 400
Name: Trevor Smyth
Email: tsmyth15@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors:  Dr Gary Menary and Dr Marco Geron
Funding:  DEL
Education: MEng Mechanical Engineering QUB
Project Title:  FEA and CFD Simulation (Multiphysics) of the Liquiform process
 Gary Stevens 400 x 400  
Name: Gary Stevens
Email: gstevens01@qub.ac.uk      
Supervisors: Dr Robert Kee and Dr Juliana Early
Funding: DEL
Education: MEng Mechanical Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast 2015
Project Title: Drive Cycle Modelling for the Mild Hybridisation of Conventional Buses
Daye Sun 400 x 400
Name: Daye Sun
Email: dsun03@qub.ac.uk      
Supervisors: Professor Brian Falzon and Dr Dan Sun
Funding: Queen's University Belfast/China Scholarship Council
Education: MEng Chemical Engineering, Jilin University, 2016; BSc Chemistry, Jilin University, 2013
Project Title: Plasma Assisted Synthesis of Novel Multifunctional Nanocomposites
Josh Turner 400 x 400
Name: Josh Turner
Email: jturner13@qub.ac.uk 
Supervisors: Dr Gary Menary and Dr Peter Martin
Funding: DEL
Education: MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering, Queen's University Belfast (2016)
Project Title: Finite Element Modelling the Forming of Components for Portable Electronic Devices
‌‌Wei, Huidong
Name: Huidong Wei
Email: hwei02@qub.ac.uk 
Supervisors: Dr Gary Menary and Dr Saurav Goel
Funding: Queen’s University Belfast
Education: MSc in Refrigeration and Cryogenics Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai JiaoTong University, China
Project Title: Development of Validated Finite Element Model for Manufacture of Angioplasty Balloons
 ‌‌Yao, Xudan
Name: Xudan Yao
Email: xyao01@qub.ac.uk
Supervisors: Professor Brian Falzon and Professor Stephen Hawkins
Funding: EC FP7, MAGNUS
Education: MSc Material Science, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
 Project Title: Anti-icing/De-Icing of Advanced Composite Aerostructures Using Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs)
 Ziminska, Monika
Name: Monika Ziminska
Email: mziminska01@qub.ac.uk 
Supervisors: Dr Andrew Hamilton, Dr Helen McCarthy and Professor Nicholas Dunne
Funding: DEL
Education: BSc in Biomedical Engineering
Project Title: Nanocomposite-Coated Foams for Mechanical Reinforcement of Porous Materials and Engineered Bone Tissue Scaffolds