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CIU Staff Members

CIU Core Staff in Ultrasonics

Prof. Steve Dixon (Director)



Steve Dixon has been working in ultrasonics research since 1991, and has worked on collaborative R&D projects with over 100 different industrial partners since that time. He established the Centre for Industrial Ultrasonics in 2011 in order to make it easier for industry and particularly SMEs to engage with University research. He is a Royal Society Industry Research Fellow and also holds a 5 year EPSRC Fellowship, researching a new generation of ultrasonic transducers. He has previously served as the Academic Chair of and is currently a founding Member of the EPSRC funded Research Centre for NDE. He has previously held a 5 year Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship and a 5 year EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship. For 10 years he was the Editor-in-Chief of Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation and is on the editorial boards of Insight and NDT&E International. In recognition of his work to deliver impact and real world benefits to industry he was made a Warwick Ventures Enterprise Champion.

Research Interests: Ultrasonic measurements of material properties, non-contact ultrasound, non-destructive evaluation and testing, ultrasonic transduction, ultrasonic measurement of metallurgical microstructure.

Prof. Dave Hutchins (Deputy Director)


David Hutchins joined the Warwick in 1988, but his career in ultrasonics research goes back over 35 years. He has previously worked at Queens University, Canada and the University of Hull. Over this time, Dave has worked with a large number of industrial partners ranging from large multimnationals to SMEs. Dave is also a Warwick Ventures Enterprise Champion, and is the Director of the Advanced Imaging and Measurement (AIM) Lab at Warwick.

Research Interests: Design and fabrication of ultrasonic systems, including transducers and sensors formed by micromachining techniques, communications and imaging, materials characterisation, flow measurement, non-destructive evaluation, medical imaging, and high power ultrasound.

Dr. Duncan Billson


Duncan BIllson obtained his PhD in the early 90s, working on ultrasonic transduction. After a period of working in industry in areas focused on non-destructive testing, he returned to academia to continue research into ultrasonics, having now worked in the field for over 25 years.

Research Interests: Ultrasonics, optoelectronics, Audio transduction, Sensors and transducers, digital photographic printing

Dr. Rachel Edwards


Rachel Edwards has been working in non-destructive testing and ultrasonics for over 10 years. She was awarded a prestigious EU ERC Fellowship in2008, and has worked on a number of research projects in collaboration with industry in the past decade.

Research Interests: Non contact generation and detection of ultrasound, using lasers and electromagnetic acoustic transducers. Modelling of ultrasound using PZFlex. Non-destructive testing. Cryogenic ultrasonic measurements of single crystals. Materials characterisation.

Dr. Oksana Trushkevych

Oksana Trushkevych

Oksana Trushkevych obtained her PhD at the University of Cambridge, where she worked in the field of photonics, sensors and nanomaterials. She moved to Warwick several years ago, where she moved into ultrasonics and NDT.

Her research interests cover ultrasonics, materials characterisation and soft matter. She is focusing on solving industrially relevant problems in non-destructive testing through a variety of methods including novel approaches to thermography, electromagnetic and magnetostrictive acoustic transducers and laser ultrasonics. She is also developing sensitive soft matter - based film sensors for ultrasound visualisation.

Dr. Susan Burrows


Research Interests : Ceramics, material characterisation, non-destructive testing, new technolgies for piezoelectric materials.

Mr Jonathan Harrington
(Technical Support)


Jonathan Harrington is the Group's dedicated technician, with over 20 years experience of mechanical workshop experience, using a broad range of machines and tools, working in the R&D sector.


CIU Associated Staff

Dr. Yongmann Chung



Research Interests : Computational fluid dynamics & engineering fluid dynamics, unsteady flow simulations, flow control
Prof. Mark Williams


Research Interests : Metrology, manufacturing technology, imaging including mirco-CT X-ray, digital prototyping.