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Dr Gordon Flockhart

Associate Director

Faculty of Engineering

Personal statement

I am an Associate Director of the Engineering Academy in the Faculty of Engineering and Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. The Engineering Academy is a widening access programme providing students with an alternative pathway into higher education. I have experience teaching at all levels of higher education from 1st to 5th year undergraduate students and postgraduate taught students and supervision of postgraduate research students. 

My area of expertise is photonics and in particular the application of optical sensors for industrial measurement applications. Optical sensing and instrumentation is increasingly used in advanced technologies and I have the pleasure of introducing the field of photonics to 4th and 5th year undergraduate students.


Office: Centre for Microsystems and Photonics, R219B (Royal College Building)


Has expertise in:

    • Photoacoustic imaging
    • Laser ultrasonics
    • Optical fibre sensors
    • Low coherence interferometry
    • Frequency swept interferometry
    • Fibre Bragg grating fabrication, characterisation and sensing applications
    • Erbium distributed feedback fibre laser design, fabrication, characterisation and sensing applications
    • Sensing applications of novel optical fibres
    • Optical sensing and metrology systems

Prizes and awards

RCUK Academic Fellowship, Centre for Microsystems and Photonics, Dept of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Univeristy of Strathclyde

more prizes and awards


Effects of laser intensity noise on polarimetric distributed feedback fibre laser ultrasonic sensor
Wang Jianfei, Flockhart Gordon M. H., Uttamchandani Deepak
The 26th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors, (2018)
Photoacoustic characterization of custom-made thin film AlN MEMS ultrasound transducers
Kusch Jonas, Flockhart Gordon M.H., Bauer Ralf, Uttamchandani Deepak
Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics 2018, (2018)
Investigation of fundamental ultrasonic propagation characteristics in NDT of electron beam melting additive manufactured samples
Tofeldt O, Pierce SG, Smillie G, Kerr William, Flockhart GMH, Macleod CN, Blue R, Gachagan A, Stratoudaki T, Andersson J, McMahon D
12th European Conference on Non-Destructive Testing, (2018)
Effect of nanoparticle morphologies on signal strength in photoacoustic sensing
Murdoch Craig S., Kusch Jonas, Flockhart Gordon M.H., Graham Duncan, Faulds Karen, Uttamchandani Deepak
IEEE SENSORS 2017 - Conference Proceedings, (2017)
Effect of nanoparticle morphologies on signal strength in photoacoustic sensing
Murdoch Craig, Kusch J., Flockhart G. M. H., Graham D., Faulds K., Uttamchandani D.
Optics + Ultrasound IV, (2017)
The Engineering Academy : increasing access to engineering
Flockhart Gordon M. H., Keating Barbara A., McLaren Andrew
3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference, (2017)

more publications


My teaching primarily covers analogue electronics, photonics and the integration of them both. I teach at all levels of our undergraduate degrees. I am responsible for developing the academic programme to provide  a successful transition to university for our Engineering Academy programme. I have also developed a new postgraduate class for the Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics. I also supervise 4th year undergraduate research projects, MSc projects and postgraduate PhD students and EngD research engineers.

I currently contribute to the following classes:

  • EF014 EEE Engineering Academy
  • EE473 Photonic Systems
  • EE979 Systems Engineering Project
  • 19496 4th Year Indvidual Projects

I have previously taught:

  • EE107 Small group tutorials
  • EE269 Electronic and Electrical Principles 2
  • EE312 Instrumentation and Microcontrollers


Research interests

I am a member of the Centre for Microsystems and Photonics and my research investigates the application of photonic technologies for measurement applications. Optical sensing technologies provide a range of different advantages compared to conventional electrical sensors. For some applications, these advantages allow optical sensors to provide a unique solution whereas conventional electrical sensors may not meet the required specification. I enjoy the challenge of developing optical sensing systems where photonics, electronics and software systems are integrated. As a researcher this exposes me to a wide range of technologies and the applications of my research can be quite varied from underwater acoustics to bio-medical applications.



Professional activities

Invited Research Seminar - National University of Defence Technology, Changsha, China.
Invited speaker
Central China Normal University
Visiting researcher
External Examiner - PhD Thesis
External Examiner
External Examiner - EngD Thesis
External Examiner
UKIERI Workshop on Micro-Structured Optical Fibre and Applications
UKIERI Workshop on Micro-structured Optical Fibres and Contemporary Research Trends in Photonics

more professional activities


Fast-tracking Health Innovation for NHS Scotland (MRC Confidence in Concept 2017) / R170262-103
Flockhart, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Uttamchandani, Deepak (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2017 - 28-Feb-2019
EngD Gooch and Housego Optical Coherence Tomography
Flockhart, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Johnstone, Walter (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 30-Sep-2021
AFRC Route to Impact - Photonics in Advanced Manufacturing: Large stand-off NDT using laser ultrasonics
Flockhart, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Uttamchandani, Deepak (Co-investigator) Pierce, Stephen (Co-investigator) Blue, Robert (Researcher)
Period 01-Nov-2016 - 28-Feb-2017
OPTIMA - Defining tumour margins using next generation photoacoustic imaging
Flockhart, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Uttamchandani, Deepak (Academic) Faulds, Karen (Academic) Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator)
Photoacoustic imaging (PAI) overcomes one of the main limitations of optical microscopies, namely their difficulty with imaging tissue samples of thickness greater than a few hundred micrometres, due to the strong light scattering from biological tissue which reduces image contrast and resolution. PAI overcomes this problem by focusing pulsed laser light deep inside tissue samples, thereby generating wideband acoustic waves (via an optical-thermal-mechanical process) which are detected ultrasonically to generate an image.
Period 01-Sep-2016 - 01-Sep-2020
Next generation photo-acoustic imaging for tissue differentiation
Flockhart, Gordon (Academic) Kusch, Jonas (Post Grad Student)
PhD Studentship
Period 01-Nov-2015 - 01-Nov-2018

more projects


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