Dr. Haider Butt

Lecturer in Micro-Engineering and Nanotechnology

Haider, currently Henslow Research Fellow at Wolfson College and a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Nanophotonics at the Centre of Molecular Materials for Photonics and Electronics, University of Cambridge, will join the School of Mechanical Engineering this October as a Lecturer in Micro-Engineering and Nanotechnology. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences in Pakistan, Haider went to Cambridge to study for an MPhil. His MPhil thesis was on carbon nanotubes and liquid-crystal-based nanophotonic devices. His PhD degree also from Cambridge was in the area of photonics.

Dr. Daniel Espino

Lecturer in Bio-medical Engineering

Daniel was a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow in the School. After obtaining his BSc in Physiology (First Class) and PhD in Biomedical Physics and Bioengineering from the University of Aberdeen, he first joined the School in July 2005 as a British Heart Foundation Research Fellow and then spent periods carrying out research in Auckland and Bologna. Daniel returned to the School with a personal Marie Curie Fellowship in February in 2011. He took up his Lectureship in Biomedical Engineering in the School in February this year.


Dr. Khamis Essa

Lecturer in Process Modelling

Khamis joined the School in April 2013 as a Lecturer in Process Modelling. Khamis obtained his BSc and MSc degrees in Mechanical and Production Engineering from the University of Alexandria in Egypt. He studied for his PhD degree in our School under the supervision of Dr Peter Hartley and obtained the degree in 2011. Following his PhD, he joined the PRISM2 project as a research fellow working in collaboration with Rolls-Royce, the MTC and the newly established centre CASIM2 in the School of Metallurgy and Materials. His research has focussed on the application of finite element modelling and computational fluid dynamics to simulate various manufacturing processes. He won the “Hufton Postgraduate Award” for his research achievements and the accolade “Birmingham International Employee of the Year-Highly Recognised” for his contribution to teaching.

Dr. Richard Hood


Richard joined the School of Mechanical Engineering in February. He has a First-class Honours MEng degree obtained in 2004 from the School. As part of his degree course, he undertook a Diploma in Industrial Studies and an exchange placement at the University of Waterloo, Canada. His PhD degree, also from the School, was on the machinability of advanced titanium alloys for aeroengine applications.

Between December 2007 and January 2013, Richard was a Research Fellow funded by Rolls-Royce and based in our Machining Research Group. Richard’s research activities focus primarily on investigating the machinability of new/advanced materials using conventional and non-conventional machining processes. He also has interests in CNC and CAD/CAM systems, metrology, experimental design techniques and statistical process control.

Richard is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Member of the IMechE as well as an Affiliate Member of The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP).

Dr. Carol Kong

Lecturer in Laser Processing Technology

Carol, a lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of Liverpool, will join the School of Mechanical Engineering this October as a Lecturer in Laser Processing Technology. Carol obtained her BEng degree in Manufacturing Engineering (with First-Class Honours) and MPhil degree (for research into materials swelling and ultra-precision machining) from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. While completing her PhD studies on water jet machining at Nottingham University, she became a research associate at Nottingham where she managed an EU-funded project as well as working on a number of other research programmes with industry (notably Rolls-Royce).

Dr. Saad Mahmoud

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Mahmoud has a background in space research with particular expertise in mechanical and thermal design of space hardware


Dr. Arumugam Sakunthalai Ramadhas

Marie Curie Research Fellow

Doing research on Diesel engine cold start and transient emissions. Previously worked in R & D Centre, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, India. His research areas of interests includes engines, fuels and emissions


Dr. Rustam Stolkin

Senior Birmingham Fellow

Rustam was a Senior Research Fellow based in the School of Computer Science. He joined the School of Mechanical Engineering on 1 March 2013 with a prestigious Senior Birmingham Fellowship. Rustam’s general research area is robotics. He graduated in Engineering Science from Oxford and obtained his PhD from UCL. He worked in the USA prior to coming to Birmingham. In addition to being research active, Rustam also has a keen interest in teaching.

Other new staff include:

  • Debajyoti Bhaduri, Research Fellow
  • He Ma, Research Fellow
  • Dr. Shizong Su, Research Fellow
  • Dariusz Zielinski, Research Associate In Laser Processing/Machining