Dr Andy Nichols
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Department of Civil & Structural Engineering
I graduated from Durham University in 2008 with a First Class Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering with Honours. I then worked as a research assistant at Bradford University whilst studying for my PhD in the areas of Acousitcs and Hydraulic Engineering. From there I moved to the University of Sheffield as a post-doctoral research associate before being appointed as a lecturer.
In addition to helping to develop and deliver the MEng Engineering degree course, I am also an active researcher. My main research area is the development of novel sensing technologies for laboratory and field applications. In particular I work closely with the water industry to provide new ways of measuring hydraulic phenomena and sedimentation processes in river and sewer flows. This interdisciplinary work sits on the interface of several engineering specialisms, including hydraulics, acoustics, electronics, optics, and signal processing. It has resulted in two international patent applications, several published papers in international journals, and a number of national awards. My current focus is on the science of flowing water surfaces, as their unique signatures can be used to identify the hydraulic processes occurring within the flow. I aspire to develop additional links with important hydro-environmental processes such as greenhouse gas evasion, pollutant mixing, and sediment transport.