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New Academic Appointments

WMG is pleased to welcome new academic appointments who have recently joined our our team or will be arriving over the coming weeks and months.

Dr Jérôme Charmet (October 2016)
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sensors

Dr Jerome Charmet has joined WMG’s Institute of Digital Healthcare from the University of Cambridge where he was a researcher within the Department of Chemistry. He obtained his PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge Nanoscience Centre on the subject of ‘Acoustic biosensors for point-of-care diagnosis’ (2015). Prior to this he obtained an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Bern and a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from the University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland. He has also previously been employed as a Research Engineer at the Optical Sensors Laboratory at the National Centre for Sensor Research in Dublin, Ireland.

Dr Charmet’s research at WMG is focused upon the application of advanced engineering methods to develop smart biosensors and biomedical devices. He collaborates closely with biologists and clinicians to develop problem-driven research that spans the interface between engineering and medical science disciplines.

Dr Juliette Soulard (September 2016)
J SoulardAssociate Professor, Electric Machines

Dr Juliette Soulard is joining WMG as Associate Professor, Electric Machines working within the Advanced Propulsion Systems Group. She joins us from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, where she led research within the Electrical Machines and Drives Laboratory (eMaDlab) covering a range of applications from renewable energy generation to electrified transport systems. Her research focus is within modelling and design of electric machines especially permanent magnet synchronous motors and generators.

Dr Soulard studied Electrical Engineering at the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan in France and obtained her doctorate in 1998 from University of Paris VI. She moved to Sweden and became a member of the Division of Electrical Machines and Power Electronics at KTH, as a post-doctoral researcher. From 1999, she was the research programme leader for the Permanent Magnet Drives group within the Centre of Excellence of Power Engineering (EKC) and from 2006, she led the High Performance Electrical Machines and Drives research programme (EKC2). She became a Senior Lecturer at KTH in 2009, and in 2014, she was selected to be the faculty educational developer for the School of Electrical Engineering.

M WhittyProfessor Monica Whitty (September 2016)
Professor of Cyberpsychology

Professor Monica Whitty is a cyberpsychologist whose research over the last 15 years has focused on the ways individuals behave in cyberspace. Her work, in particular examines identities created in cyberspace, online security risks as well as detecting and preventing cybercrimes.

Professor Whitty previously held a Chair at the University of Leicester (2010-2016). Prior to working at Leicester she held academic posts at Nottingham Trent University, Queen's University Belfast, University of Western Sydney and Macquarie University. She is first author of 'Cyberpsychology: The study of individuals, society and digital technologies' (Wiley 2017) with Garry Young and 'Truth, Lies and Trust on the Internet' (2009 Routledge) with Adam Joinson. She is the author of over 100 publications, has given over 25 invited and keynote lectures and has supervised over 50 Masters and doctoral students. She has led projects funded by research councils including EPSRC, ESRC, British Academy, and the Australian Criminology Research Council.

Dr Jason Warnett (August 2016)Jason Warnett
Assistant Professor, Metrology
Dr Warnett's primary research interests are in error quantification of XCT for metrology, non-destructive testing, volumetric strain analysis and applied image processing techniques. He has experience in quantitative application of the technique to evaluation of additive manufacture, materials characterisation, automotive/aerospace industries and heritage sector.
Prior to this, Dr Warnett was a Research Fellow within the Product Evaluation Technologies group at WMG, managing research in X-ray Computed Tomography. In particular, he worked with numerous industrial partners to exploit the technique to aid in new product development. Alongside these activities, he has helped demonstrate and apply the technique with non-engineering groups to enhance their own applications, such as West Midlands Police, and Oxford Natural History Museum.

dhammika_widanalage_150.jpgDr Dhammika Widanalage (August 2016)
Assistant Professor, Energy Storage, Modelling and Control

Dr Dhammika Widanage undertakes research in the areas of lithium-ion battery modelling, electric vehicles and mechatronics using system identification methodologies as the foundation. He has a particular interest in developing modelling techniques for battery dynamics and mechatronic systems by viewing them within a dynamic system framework and an inverse problem setting. Dr Widanalage was awarded a PhD in 2008 for research done at the Stochastic and Complex Systems Laboratory Group from the University of Warwick and graduated with a First-Class BEng Honours in Electronic and Communication Engineering in 2004 from the University of Warwick. He joined WMG as a Senior Research Fellow within the WMG High Value Manufacturing Catapult team before being appointed as Assistant Professor.

Matthew HigginsDr Matthew Higgins (March 2016)
Associate Professor, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Dr Matthew Higgins joined WMG in March 2016 as Associate Professor in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. He received his MEng in Electronic and Communications Engineering and his PhD in Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick in 2005 and 2009 respectively. Remaining at the University of Warwick, he then progressed through several Research Fellow positions, in association with some of the UK's leading defence and telecommunications companies before undertaking two years as a Senior Teaching Fellow in Telecommunications, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science subjects. In July 2012, Dr Higgins was promoted to the position of Assistant Professor where his research focused on Optical, Nano, and Molecular Communications. Whilst is this position, Dr Higgins set up the Vehicular Communications Research Laboratory which aimed to enhance the use of communications systems within the vehicular Space.

R McMahonProfessor Richard McMahon (January 2016)
Professor of Power Electronics

Professor McMahon has joined WMG as Professor of Power Electronics. He was previously a Senior Lecturer at the Engineering Department at Cambridge University. He gained both his undergraduate degree and PhD in Engineering from Cambridge University. Following a number of post-doctoral positions, latterly in the Department of Physics in Cambridge, he returned to a Lectureship in Engineering. He is a Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and is a Guest Professor at North China Electric Power University.

Professor McMahon has published over 240 papers and is named as an inventor on 19 patents (granted or applied for). He received a UK Energy Innovation Award in 2015 for Best University Technology (with HTIP Limited). He has given invited technical and public lectures and has supervised, or is supervising, 36 doctoral students and 23 Masters students.