Bioengineering academic staff

An interdisciplinary team with a wealth of experience in teaching and research.

Our courses are interdisciplinary which means that you'll be taught by academic experts from across the Faculty of Engineering, but also fellow lecturers from within the University. This includes academics from the School of Mathematics and Statistics, the Management School, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health. Here are just some of the staff who play a key role in the running and teaching of the course.

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Academic Staff

Below is a list of current academic staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Each person’s name links through to their personal profile where available.

Name Role Telephone Email
Anderson, Dr S Senior Lecturer 0114 222 5608
Arvaneh, Dr M Lecturer 0114 222 5649
Damian, Dr D Lecturer 0114 222 5632
Beagles, Dr A Lecturer, Year 2 Design Skills 0114 222 7814
Falconer, Dr R Senior Lecturer 0114 222 8253
Fedun, Dr V Senior Lecturer 0114 222 5197
Fenner, Dr J Senior Lecturer 0114 215 9526
Ford, Dr L Senior Lecturer 0114 222 5904
Gitman, Dr I Lecturer 0114 222 7728
Green, Dr N Senior Lecturer & Admissions Tutor 0114 222 3932
Harding, Prof. J Professor of Materials Simulation 0114 222 5957
Haycock, Prof. J Professor of Bioengineering 0114 222 5972
Karunakaran, Dr E Lecturer 0114 222 7166
Hepple, Dr M Reader 0114 222 1829
Mahfouf, Dr M Academic 0114 222 5607
Marzo, Dr A Lecturer 0114 222 0155
Matcher, Prof. S Lecturer 0114 222 5994
Mylon, Dr P Lecturer & Academic Lead iForge 0114 222 6156
Narracott, Dr A Senior Lecturer 0114 215 9540
Nowakowski, Dr A F Employability Lead & Lecturer 0114 222 7812
Pandhal, Dr J  Senior Lecturer 0114 222 4914
Reilly, Dr G Senior Lecturer 0114 222 5986
Rossiter, Dr A Reader 0114 222 5685
Wei, Dr H-L Senior Lecturer 0114 222 5198
Hearnden, Dr V Lecturer 0114 215 7098

Dr Nicola Green, Senior Lecturer & Admissions Tutor

Dr Nicola Green

Senior Lecturer, Admissions Tutor

Year 1: Introduction to Bioengineering
Year 2: Advanced Bioengineering Topics

As Admissions Tutor, Nicola is responsible for assessing applications and making offers. You'll get to meet her if you attend one of our open days. She is from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and she takes an active role in teaching on the Bioengineering course alongside her admissions role. In her role as Year One Tutor, she will be your key point of contact. She's here to provide both academic and pastoral support to ensure you get the most out your first year. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on tissue engineering of soft tissues, with particular emphasis upon the oeosphagus. She also has interests in developing novel imaging methods and applying established imaging techniques to the field of tissue engineering, for improved characterization of cell growth and behaviour in 3D cultures throughout the culture period.

Dr Alberto Marzo, Lecturer

Dr Alberto Marzo

Year 3 & 4 Tutor, Final Year Project Tutor

As well as leading the Biomedical Engineering stream, Alberto is the Year Three Tutor. His research area stands at the interface between the physical and life sciences in the context of computational fluid mechanics, including state-of-the-art fluid-structure interaction, and cardiovascular biomechanics. There is also a strong emphasis on clinical interpretation and translation of engineering technologies into clinical tools. He is based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Dr Andrew Narracott, Senior Lecturer

Dr Andrew Narracott


Year 1: Physics of Living Systems
Year 2: Aspects of Medical Imaging and Technology
Year 3: Clinical Engineering and Computational Mechanics

Andrew is based in the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease in the Medical School. He teaches a number of Medical Physics modules on the Bioengineering course, focussing on applying numerical techniques to the study of biomedical problems, with an emphasis on clinical applications.

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Dr J Anthony Rossiter, Reader



Year 1: Modelling, Analysis and Control

Anthony is the Progamme Leader for MEng Engineering and a Reader from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering. 

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Professor Mahdi Mahfouf, Head of the Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory

Professor Mahdi MahfoufRole
Head of the Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory

Year 1: Introduction to Electric and Electronic Circuits

Mahdi is from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering and holds a Personal Chair in Intelligent Systems Engineering. He has been active in research on modelling, control and optimisation for more than 29 years with more than 300 publications, half of these being journal papers. His research expertise lies in modelling uncertainties of large-scale nonlinear systems while reconciling accuracy and transparency and developing new algorithms for multi-criteria decision-making for convex/non-convex problems with an emphasis on economic and societal impact. This is invaluable to the proposed project in identifying unstable regions during aircraft ground maneuvering. He has received several paper prizes and research awards for building successful synergies between systems and control engineering principles and life sciences as well as industrial systems.

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Dr Hua-Liang, Senior Lecturer

Dr Hua-Liang WeiRole
Senior Lecturer

Year 2: Mathematics and Data Modelling

Dr Hua-Liang is a Senior Lecturer from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering. He is the head of two labs; Dynamical Modelling, Data Mining and Decision Making (3DM) and Digital Medicine & Computational Neuroscience (DMCN). Research interests for Hua-Liang include Identification and modelling for complex nonlinear systems, Bioscience signal processing and data modelling, Forecasting and analysis of complex stochastic dynamical processes, New concepts and methodologies developments for the identification and analysis of nonlinear complex systems and Applications and developments of signal processing, system identification and data modelling to control engineering, bioengineering, neuroscience, systems biology, environments, space weather and other emerging areas.

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Dr Jags Pandhal

Senior Lecturer

Year1: Engineering with Living Systems I

Dr Jagroop is a Senior Lecturer from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. His research interests include Environmental proteomics, Metaproteomics, Metabolic Engineering, Ecological Engineering (synthetic ecology), Biomanufacturing and Ecosystems Services (industrial ecology).

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Professor John Harding, Materials Simulation

Prof J Harding

Lecturer, Professor of Materials Simulation

Year 1: Biomaterials 1

Professor John Harding is an academic from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests include material compositions, especially of crystals, but also Nanomaterials and nanoengineering, Computer modelling and simulation and Ceramics and Composites Laboratory.

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Dr Mark Hepple, Reader

Dr Mark Hepple


Year 2: Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving

Mark Hepple is a Reader in Computer Science. He studied Psychology at Sheffield University (BSc, 1986), and Cognitive Science at Edinburgh University (MSc, 1987; PhD, 1990). Thereafter, he was a Research Associate at Cambridge University (1990-92), and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (1992-93). He joined the Department of Computer Science at Sheffield University in 1993, as a Lecturer, and as a member of the Natural Language Processing group.

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Dr Inna M. Gitman, Lecturer

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Year 2: Materials Under Stress

Dr Inna Gitman graduated from Perm State Technical University (Russia) in 2002; where she studied Mathematical Modelling of Systems and Processes. She was awarded her PhD in Civil Engineering from the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) in 2006. The topic was representative volume and multi-scale modelling in quasi-brittle materials. After several postdoctoral jobs (on stochastic characterisation and reliability of saturated soils at the University of Manchester and finite elements for gradient elasticity and computational multi-scale modelling of mechanical stimulation of bone at the University of Sheffield) Dr Gitman joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a lecturer in 2009.

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Dr Lee Ford, Senior Lecturer

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Year 2: Communication Electronics

Dr Lee Ford is an academic from Electronic and Electrical Engineering, receiving his BEng degree and PhD degrees from the University of Sheffield in 1998 and 2003 respectively. Following a research position at BAE SYSTEMS (Stealth materials), between 2001 and 2005, Lee became a lecturer in communications and is currently a senior lecturer since 2012. Lee is a senior member of the IEEE with his research interests focusing on antennas and metamaterials for a range of applications.

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Dr Pete Mylon, University Teacher and Academic Lead for iForge

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Lecturer and Lab Lead

Year 2: Design and Manufacturing

Dr Pete Mylon is an academic from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Having started as a teacher of Dynamics labs and academic liaison for Advanced Manufacturing, Pete developed the design and build curriculum, introducing new courses in manufacturing, sketching and CAD. Alongside a team of students, Pete founded the iForge makerspace in The Diamond, the first truly student-led makerspace in the UK.

Dr Vanessa Hearnden, Lecturer

Vanessa Hearnden

Lecturer in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Year 2: Biology and Chemistry of Living Systems II
Year 3: Scientific Writing

Vanessa Hearnden joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2015 as Lecturer in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. Vanessa’s undergraduate degree was in Biomedical Science; she then obtained her PhD in Tissue Engineering from the University of Sheffield in 2011. Dr Hearnden previously worked as a post doc in the Medical School and School of Clinical Dentistry where she gained experience of both lab based studies and clinical research. Dr Hearnden is currently chair of the White Rose Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group (BiTEG) and on the committee for the Tissue and Cell Engineering Society (TCES).

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Year 1 & 2 Tutor, Study Abroad Tutor

Year 4: Synthetic Biology

Esther obtained a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology with distinction from Bharathiyar University in India before going on to complete an MSc in Molecular Genetics from the University of Leicester. Esther then came to the University of Sheffield gaining a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering. In May 2017, Esther took up the position of Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and her research interests revolve around the investigation and application of biofilms in bio-processing. Esther is also the co-director of the Innovate UK funded research facility, SCARAB: Sheffield Collaboratorium for Antimicrobial Resistance and Biofilms. 

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Dr Andrzej NowakowskiRole
Employability Lead, Lecturer

Year 2: Aerodynamic Design
Year 3: Fundamental Biomechanics

Andrew's research interests are in the area of aerodynamics, multi-component and multi-phase flows. In all these categories, the work aims to construct the algorithms for determining approximate solutions of relevant flow problems. Then, numerical methods are analysed and computer codes implementing the algorithms are developed, first for the purpose of showing the efficacy of the discretization methods and ultimately, to solve problems of practical interest.

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