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Academic Staff


Professor Kerry Kirwan

Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing
Kerry dot Kirwan at warwick dot ac dot uk

Professor Kirwan leads the Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing research group at WMG. He is a specialist in polymer materials, focussing upon innovative materials for automotive glazing and now undertakes extensive research in environmentally friendly materials/processes and resource efficiency within numerous industries. He is also leader of the University of Warwick's Innovative Manufacturing Global Research Priority programme.

Dr Rohit Bhagat

Associate Professor, Industrial Electrochemistry
R dot Bhagat at warwick dot ac dot uk
Profile | Recent Publications
Dr Bhagat is Assistant Professor of Industrial Electrochemistry at WMG: expertise includes electroanalytical techniques and electrochemical processes. Current focusses include electrochemical energy storage systems (batteries and fuel cells) and molten salt processes.

Dr Stuart Coles

Assistant Profesor, Sustainable Materials
Stuart dot Coles at warwick dot ac dot uk
Profile | Recent Publications

Dr Coles is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Materials with experience in the processing and extraction of natural materials and their application across industrial sectors and the scale up of metal salts, polymers, and catalysts.


Dr Darren Hughes

Assistant Professor, Materials Performance
D dot Hughes at warwick dot ac dot uk
Profile | Recent Publications

An Assistant Professor in Materials Performance, Dr Hughes is an expert in the evaluation of materials by non-destructive techniques and has over 20 years experience in characterisation using X-rays and neutrons. Dr Hughes has research projects in areas as diverse as welding optimisation, lightweight structures and nano-composites.

Research and Project Staff


Dr Helen Ascroft

Research Fellow
Helen dot Ascroft at warwick dot ac dot uk

With a PhD in high speed / dry machining, Dr Ascroft has experience in implementing new manufacturing techniques to improve quality and reduce the cost / time of manufacturing components in aerospace and automotive companies. Her present focus is investigating new joining technologies.

Dr Richard Beaumont

Research Fellow
Richard dot Beaumont at warwick dot ac dot uk

Experience in working with high strain rate tensile testing and impact testing equipment, correlating the performance of advanced high strength steels with finite element simulations.

Miss Sophie Cox

Project Engineer
S dot Cox at warwick dot ac dot uk


Dr Greg Gibbons

Head of Additive Layer Manufacturing
G dot J dot Gibbons at warwick dot ac dot uk

With a Doctorate in Physics from the University of Warwick, Dr Gibbons has over 15 years’ experience in the development of materials, processes and applications for Additive Layer Manufacturing across many sectors.

Dr Vannessa Goodship

Principal Research Fellow
V dot Goodship at warwick dot ac dot uk
Dr Goodship has 30 years’ experience in the plastics field covering a wide range of capability in formulation, processing and recycling activities for thermoplastic materials.

Dr Sumit Hazra

Senior Research Fellow
Sumit dot Hazra at warwick dot ac dot uk
Expertise in various aspects of the sheet metal forming process. In particular, he has worked on quantifying the cosmetic quality of sheet metal components; predicting and measuring forming limit curves and measuring the sensitivity of the forming process to material and process factors.

Dr Vit Janik

Research Fellow
V dot Janik at warwick dot ac dot uk
Research Fellow in physical metallurgy of metals and alloys; more than 7 years of experience in advanced material characterization with focus on elevated temperature performance and processing of Mg and Al-alloys for automotive and aerospace applications.

Dr Dezhi Li

Senior Research Fellow
Dezhi dot Li at warwick dot ac dot uk
With a background in Materials Science, PhD in Electronic Packaging and experience in additive Manufacturing and Mechanical Tests and Analysis, Dr Li's recent experience is in automotive body-in-white Structure Joining with different technologies, especially self-piercing riveting (SPR).

Dr Iain Masters

Senior Research Fellow
I dot G dot Masters at warwick dot ac dot uk

Over 25 years’ industrial and academic experience as a materials scientist. Recent work includes modelling the distortion induced in an assembly by the joining process and material characterisation. Currently researching methods to improve the robustness of sheet metal forming simulations.

Mr Neil Reynolds

Senior Research Fellow
Neil dot Reynolds at warwick dot ac dot uk

Senior Research Fellow with over 14 years’ experience working with polymeric composite materials, particularly in the areas of high volume processing for application within the automotive industry. Also has extensive experience of developing mechanical characterisation techniques for advanced materials.

Mrs Helena Simmonds

Project Engineer
H dot C dot C dot Simmonds at warwick dot ac dot uk

After graduating from the University of Birmingham studying Materials Science, she has spent over 5 years in the Aerospace industry supporting aircraft detail manufacture. Experience includes composite materials production support, quality engineering and lean management.


Mr Tony Ridler

Project Manager
T dot Ridler at warwick dot ac dot uk

Over twenty five years' experience in managing product and process development projects in the Speciality Chemical and Electronics/Solar Manufacturing sectors, specialising in chemical process validation, Pilot scale-up to volume manufacturing and global technology transfer. Tony is responsible for the management of a wide variety of transport themed projects both national/EU programs and industrial partner funded.


Mr David Williams

Project Manager
David dot K dot Williams at warwick dot ac dot uk

Over twenty years’ experience in managing product and process development projects in FMCG, IT and automotive sectors, specialising in simulation and modelling of solid and fluid systems, dimensional management and product complexity.

Dr Geraint Williams

Project Manager
G dot J dot Williams at warwick dot ac dot uk

Has gained extensive automotive experience over the past 30 years working within both product development and manufacturing divisions in the fields of materials engineering and environmental management, addressing issues related to lightweight materials, end of life vehicles and life cycle assessments. Since 2005 he has been responsible for the materials and sustainability elements of a number of multi-million pound projects at WMG, delivering both technical and socio-economic outputs.

Technical Staff


Mr Darren Stewardson

Materials Technologist
D dot J dot Stewardson at warwick dot ac dot uk

Has over 20 years experience in welding and fabrication, including motorsport applications. Materials Technologist within the Materials Theme Group with a focus on developing light weight composite materials. Technical support for the 4th year undergraduate projects ‘Formula Student’ and ‘EvGP Electric Go-Kart’. Responsible for the daily running of the composite processing area and mechanical testing laboratories.