Dr William E Crofts
BA, MSc by Research, PhD (Warwick), MIET, MIEEE, Chartered Engineer.
Co-Director of the Warwick Engineering Satellite Programme
University of Warwick Satellite Engineering Team (WUSAT)
Student-Designed Space Technology
Space 08 - Exploring the Future (Sept 2008, Barbican Centre, London) - The importance of space is becoming more apparent, with the space industry now contributing around £7 bn to the UK economy, the global market in space systems and satellite-enabled applications due to increase by nearly tenfold from the present £62.5 bn to £543 bn, and the release of the UK Civil Space Strategy, 2008-2012 and beyond, which sets out the high level visions for UK civil space activity
ESA-Missions - European Space Agency - Student Satellite Missions
esmo - Warwick European Satellite - team website)
Module Leader - ES410 MEng Group Projects (2007 - 2011)
Module Leader - ES3C6 Software Engineering (2008 - 2011)
Module Leader - ES2A2 Computer Systems (2005 - 2011)
Chair - University Appeals Committee (2007 - 2011)
Module Leader - ES316 Analogue & Digital Design (2005-6)
Director of the Warwick/ITM programme in India (2002 – 2004)
Module Leader - ES21J Analogue Design (2001 - 2004)
Member - School of Engineering International Committee (2008 - 2011)
Manager of 'Project Squared' - collaborative project between Warwick, Bradford, and Nottingham Trent universities (2002 - 2003)
Student Advisor - for the Institution of Engineering & Technology (2004 - 2011)
Convenor - Electronics Staff Student Liaison Committee (2003 - 2005)
Member - Computer Systems Engineering Steering Committee (2004 - 2006)
Overseas Recruitment (2002 - present)
2011 - Present: - Director of the Warwick University Satellite Programme
2006 - 2011: - Principal Teaching Fellow, School of Engineering, University of Warwick
2001 - 2006: - Senior Teaching Fellow, School of Engineering, University of Warwick
1999 - 2001: - Research & Development Engineer - ITP Group, Rugby, UK
Collaborative research projects/submissions in the field of optical metrology. DTI SMART Award (£320,000) - developing an optical metrology-based system for the non-contact measurement of automotive flexible tube - in collaboration with The Optical Metrology Centre, London, and Toyoda Gosei Fluid Systems UK Ltd. Patent registered Sept. 2000.
1991 - 1999: - Senior Lecturer in Electronic Systems - Coventry University
Lecturing in electronics, digital systems, and engineering design. Staff member of Machine Vision Research Group - development of partnerships and facilities in pursuit of Medical Imaging projects in liaison with Walsgrave Hospitals, Coventry, and Guy's Hospital, London. Programme Manager for courses in electronic/computer engineering - responsible for management of programme team, curriculum development, quality approval, and overseas liaison with franchised course in advanced digital systems, Ruppin College, Israel.
1983 - 1990 - Chief Examiner - City & Guilds of London Institute
Electronics and Microprocessors in Automotive Engineering, Batteries & Charging Systems, Chair of Moderating Board,
1976 - 1991: - Lecturer in Industrial Electronics, City College, Coventry
Development of collaborative links, and on-site laboratory facilities at Jaguar, Courtaulds, Peugeot, and Dunlop for the design of electronic and microprocessor systems associated with their test/development programmes. Lecturer in Automotive Electronics.
1972 - 1976:- Electronics Technician, City College, Coventry
Design/build of electronic system test-rigs to incorporate fault simulation for laboratory investigation.
1967 - 1972:- Automotive Electronics Technician, British Telecom, Coventry
Electrical/Electronic system installation and maintenance on commercial fleet.
Membership of learned or professional societies:
Chartered Engineer – Engineering Council
Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (MIET)
Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (MIEEE)
Member of the British Machine Vision Association
PhD - University of Warwick
"The Generation of Depth Maps via Depth-from-Defocus" - Generating 3-dimensional maps from 2-dimensional images using single image acquisition, and projected structured light patterns.
1997 - 1998
MSc by Research in Medical Imaging - Coventry University
"An Improved Technique for Scaphoid Imaging" – in collaboration with Walsgrave Hospitals, Coventry, and Guy’s Hospital, London.
Artificial Intelligence and Neural Networks – Open University
Project to develop a neural network system for the prediction of finish characteristics in relation to input parameters in a high-speed aluminium injection moulding process.
1984 – 1990
Open University Degree in Electronics and Science based subjects.
The Generation of Depth Maps via Depth-from-Defocus, VDM-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-639-21259-4, 2010. (Obtainable via: http://www.amazon.co.uk/, http://www.librijournal.org/, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/).
Computer Systems - Hardware; Crofts W E; Compilation for course text in Second Year undergraduate degree module; Pearson Education Ltd; 2006; ISBN 1-84479-475-X
Technological Science 1 - Circuits & Systems; Crofts WE, Godfrey K; Compilation for course text in First Year undergraduate degree module; Pearson Education Ltd; 2006; ISBN 1-84479-476-8
Electrical Charge & Potential; Crofts W E; Open Learning book - published by Coventry University and sold nationally as part of an "Access to Engineering in Higher Education" course; 1991
Kirchhoff's Laws; Crofts W E; Open Learning book - published by Coventry University and sold nationally as part of an "Access to Engineering in Higher Education" course; 1991
Capacitors in Circuits; Crofts W E; Open Learning book - published by Coventry University and sold nationally as part of an "Access to Engineering in Higher Education" course; 1991
Electromagnetic Induction; Crofts W E; Open Learning book - published by Coventry University and sold nationally as part of an "Access to Engineering in Higher Education" course; 1991
Giniotis V (70%), Hope T (10%), Crofts WE (10%), Stankunas J (10%); The Telemetric Means for 3-D Measurements; Fifth International Seminar on “Recent Research and Design Progress in Aeronautical Engineering and its Influence on Education”; Vol 7, No.2, ISSN 1648-7788, Vilnius, Lithuania; 2003; pp 35-44
Parfitt, C.E.; Crofts W.E; Buckle R; An Adaptable Lithium-ion Battery Model, 217th Electrochemical Society Conference, Vancouver, April 2010.
Crofts, W.E. ; Cubillo, J.P. ; Curtis, T.A. ; Taylor, D . Seeking a Convenient Method of Improving the Diagnostic Accuracy of Scaphoid Imaging, The 4th Annual National Conference of The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, University of Sussex, Brighton, September 1998
Cubillo, J.P. ; Crofts, W.E. ; Curtis, T.A. ; Taylor, D . The Importance of Being Earnest in SPECT Imaging, The 4th Annual National Conference of The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, University of Sussex, Brighton, September 1998
Curtis, T.A. ; Crofts, W.E. ; Cubillo, J.P. ; Taylor, D. Automatic Classification of SPECT Bullseye Images, The 4th Annual National Conference of The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, University of Sussex, Brighton, September 1998
Crofts, W E; Project Partnerships – IPR Complexities: A Case Study; Aspects of Engineering Project Work Conference “Organising Successful Student Projects with Industry”; University of Warwick, March 2002