Dr Andy Nichols

Andy Nichols

MEng Engineering Lecturer &
Lecturer in Water Engineering

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Tel: +44(0) 114 222 0256
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700
Email: A.Nichols@Sheffield.ac.uk
Room: Mappin E108


MEng (Hons), PhD


Andy joined the department in 2015 after working as research associate on a number of industry and EPSRC funded projects. He was recruited as a Lecturer for the new cross-faculty MEng Engineering interdisciplinary degree program. Andy has particular expertise in designing new instrumentation and new experimental facilities to enable the collection of novel valuable data. His research interests surround the sensing and understanding of hydro-environmental processes in the natural and built environments. His work ranges from laboratory studies in collaboration with academic colleagues to field studies with industrial partners and local authorities. Recently Andy has focussed on the development of the science of flowing water surfaces, and the technology to measure them. This can allow their unique signatures to be used to identify the hydraulic processes occurring within the flow, and Andy aspires to develop additional links with important hydro-environmental processes such as greenhouse gas evasion, pollutant mixing, and sediment transport. He has developed a number of sensing technologies for this purpose, and also for the dynamic profiling of multiphase flows using novel resistive techniques. These endeavours have resulted in two international patent applications and a number of national awards.

Activities and Distinctions

  • Sheffield Early Career Researcher Scheme 2015
  • SET for Britain 2012 finalist
  • CIWEM new generations competition 2012 winner
  • IAHR UK young person’s paper competition 2012 winner
  • SWIG early career researcher competition 2012 winner
  • Meetings Secretary for the Tyne & Humber branch of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)


  • Remote sensing of dynamic flow surfaces, UoS ECR scheme, £15,000, 2015
  • Establishment of field test site for sewer instrumentation, PWG Platform Grant, £17,500, 2013
  • Sediment conductivity profiler, feasibility study, PWG Platform Grant, £17,500, 2011


• WO 2012/117261, Methods and apparatus for detection of fluid interface fluctuations.
• WO 2014/027208, Device and method for measuring the depth of conductive media.

Selected Publications