Our world class faculty contains experts and academics who are leaders in the field of process automation, actively engaged in cutting-edge research, development and design. Many also work as consultants for leading international organisations, which brings highly practical and relevant experience to their teaching. They include:
Professor Nina Thornhill
Nina is the MSc Process Automation, Instrumentation and Control Programme Co-director. She is also the ABB/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of Process Automation within the Department.
The research interests of Professor Thornhill’s Process Automation research group include dynamic signal analysis of industrial process measurements for detection and diagnosis of plant-wide disturbances, together with optimization taking account of process units, utilities, rotating equipment and electrical systems. They apply the methods in oil and gas, chemicals, bioprocesses, and electricity supply.
Dr Daryl R Williams
Daryl is Programme Co-director with Professor Thornhill. He is also our Director of Discovery Space – facilities for chemical engineering students and researchers, Director of our stunning carbon capture pilot plant – the largest educational facility of this type in the world, and Director of Studies of our summer school programme for visiting institutions.
As Reader in Particle Science, Dr Williams heads a research group currently focusing on particulate materials and material surfaces and has significant interests in industrial and scientific instrumentation.
Jonathan Love was formerly Director of the IGDS at Sheffield and Newcastle universities and it was largely through his efforts that the IGDS established its reputation within the industry.
Jonathan is a founder member and former chair of the IChemE Process Control Subject Group. He is the author of the industry standard text:
“Process Engineering Handbook” [Springer-Verlag 2007]
He is currently a Principal Automation Consultant at BP.