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Prof Geoff Dearden Ph.D.

Professor Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Eng

Biography

Personal Statement

I have more than 30 years’ academic and industrial experience in laser engineering / photonics R&D, including previous employment with BAE Systems. In addition to my research and teaching, I have carried out knowledge exchange activity in laser technology for the University since 1995, in support of SMEs in regional and European industry. I have over 180 scientific publications (including 80+ journal papers and 4 patents awarded / published) and have supervised more than 35 PhD students. I am currently PI at this University on EU H2020 projects LASIG-TWIN and ENCOMPASS. I have recently been PI on the EPSRC project Towards In-Combustion Event Feedback control in laser ignition (TICEF) and the ERDF funded project Knowledge Exchange in Laser Engineering (KE-Las). I was previously CI on TSB projects PRISM, PARALASE, SUADIP and DL-POP, on EPSRC projects FLAVIIR and ULTRAFAST, on DTI-LINK Foresight project LASIIC and on Carbon Trust, EPSRC KTA, EU Marie Curie and Northern Way (Printed Electronics) awards. I have worked with well over 100 external collaborators and organisations worldwide including academic institutes, industry partners and research organisations. UK industry partners have included Ford Motor Company, BAE Systems, QinetiQ, Honda Engineering, SureSensors, Gwent Group and many SMEs.

Personal Distinctions

  • Laser Micro/Nano Fabrication (Invited Session Chair) (39th International MATADOR Conference on Advanced Manufacturing 2017)
  • Security marking of high value components using advanced laser patterning (Invited paper) (Invitation to Speak, 39th International MATADOR Conference on Advanced Manufacturing 2017)
  • Measurement techniques for laser induced plasmas, ignition and combustion (Invited Session Chair) (The Optical Society (5th Laser Ignition Conference, LIC'17) 2017)
  • Multi-point laser ignition for in-combustion event feedback control of an automobile engine (Invited paper) (Invitation to Speak, Optics & Photonics International Congress (OPIC 2016) (LIC'16) 2016)
  • Most Cited Paper Award 2014 (Journal of Optics & Laser Technology 2015)
  • Session Chair: Plasma Physical Processes / Alternative Ignition Systems (3rd Laser Ignition Conference (LIC'15) Organising Committee 2015)
  • Surface Treatment (Invited Session Chair) (Chair of Photonic Technologies, Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany 2014)
  • Beam mode optimization for high efficiency laser forming within metallurgical constraints (Plenary) (Chair of Photonic Technologies, Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany 2014)
  • Additive Manufacturing - LDMD & Cladding (Invited Session Chair) (Chair of Photonic Technologies, Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany 2014)
  • Dynamic wavefront and polarisation control for ultrashort-pulse laser microprocessing (Inv Keynote) (Invitation to Speak, Chair of Photonic Technologies, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg 2014)
  • Laser ignited engines: progress, challenges and prospects (Invited Paper) (Invitation to Speak, Optics & Photonics International Congress (OPIC 2013) 2013)
  • Towards efficient manufacture of functional surfaces with dynamically structured light (Inv Paper) (Invitation to Speak, Prof Koji Sugioka, Senior Research Scientist, Laser Technology Laboratory, RIKEN, Wako, Saitama, Japan 2013)
  • Surface Treatment (Invited Session Chair) (Chair of Photonic Technologies, Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany 2012)
  • Advances in ultra short pulse laser parallel processing using a spatial light modulator (Inv Paper) (Invitation to Speak, Chair of Photonic Technologies, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg 2012)
  • High-speed uniform parallel 3D refractive index micro-structuring of PMMA for volume phase gratings (Invitation to Speak, Wuhan University, Hubei Province, China 2011)
  • Laser Engineering at the University of Liverpool (Invitation to Speak, North Eastern University, Shenyang, China 2011)
  • Recent Advances in Laser Engineering (Invitation to Speak, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, China 2011)
  • Best Paper (awarded to PhD student O Allegre) (CIRP UK Ltd 2010)
  • Best Poster Prize (awarded to researcher A Dima) (Prize, European Materials Research Society 2008)
  • Advanced Thermal Forming Through Laser Processing (Invited paper) (Invitation to Speak, SAIL 2008 Committee / Office of Naval Research (USA) 2008)
  • Laser forming (Invited Session Chair) (Bavarian Laser Zentrum 2007)
  • Rapid Prototyping & Manufacture (Invited Session Chair) (Bavarian Laser Zentrum 2007)
  • Laser forming for the correction of distortion and design shape in aluminium structures (Inv. paper) (Invitation to Speak, Institute of Physics / Association of Industrial Laser Users 2006)
  • Recent advances in laser micro-welding, soldering & bonding (Invited paper) (Invitation to Speak, 17th International Conference on Photonics in Europe 2005)
  • Laser micro-welding, soldering & bonding (Invited session chair) (17th International Conference on Photonics in Europe 2005)
  • High Power Laser Applications for 21st Century Engineering (Invited lecture tour) (Invitation to Speak, Sterling Group of Universities / Singapore & Malaysia colleges 2004)
  • Laser Assisted Forming for Shipbuilding (Invited paper) (Invitation to Speak, SAIL 2003 Conference Committee / Penn State University 2003)
  • Laser Forming: A Review of Recent Developments and Applications (Invited paper) (Invitation to Speak, Institute of Physics / Association of Industrial Laser Users 2002)

Administrative Roles

  • Chair, Board of Examiners, School of Engineering
  • Research Director (Chair, Research Committee), School of Engineering;
  • Programme Director, Engineering Applications of Lasers MSc(Eng);
  • Head, Lairdside Laser Engineering Centre;
  • Liaison officer with Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Board of Studies; Board of Examiners)

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