Dr Gordon Flockhart

Academic Director

Faculty of Engineering

Personal statement

I am Academic 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)


Tools for synthesising and characterising Bragg grating structures in optical fibres and waveguides
Cranch GA, Flockhart GMH
Journal of Modern Optics Vol 59, pp. 493-526 (2012)
Distributed feedback fiber laser strain sensors
Cranch GA, Flockhart Gordon MH, Kirkendall CK
IEEE Sensors Journal Vol 8, pp. 1161-1172 (2008)
Two-axis bend measurement with Bragg gratings in multicore optical fiber
Flockhart G M H, MacPherson W N, Barton J S, Jones J D C, Zhang L, Bennion I
Optics Letters Vol 28, pp. 387-389 (2003)
Differential phase tracking applied to Bragg gratings in multi-core fibre for high accuracy curvature measurement
Flockhart G M H, Cranch G A, Kirkendall C K
Electronics Letters Vol 42, pp. 390-391 (2006)
Efficient fiber Bragg grating and fiber Fabry-Pe'rot sensor multiplexing scheme using a broadband pulsed mode-locked laser
Cranch G A, Flockhart G M H, Kirkendall C K
Journal of Lightwave Technology Vol 23, pp. 3798-3807 (2005)
A new curriculum model for widening access to engineering
Flockhart Gordon, McCormick Kathleen, Hewitt Steven, Roseweir Alan
Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium for Engineering Education (2022) (2022)

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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:

  • EF015 EEE Engineering Academy
  • EE473 Photonic Systems
  • EE979 Systems Engineering Project
  • 19496 4th Year Indvidual Projects
  • EF105 Physics for Engineering
  • EF102 Engineering Skills
  • EE781 Concepts in Signal and Image Processing

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

Bridging the Hardware-Software Divide for Postgraduate Researchers
External Examiner - PhD Thesis
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics (External organisation)
Jianfei Wang
Invited Research Seminar - Heriot-Watt University
Invited Research Seminar - Central China Normal University

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Strathclyde Engineering Scholars – equal outcomes for the most disadvantaged
Thomson, Avril (Principal Investigator) Flockhart, Gordon (Co-investigator) Race, Julia (Co-investigator) Sypek, Katarzyna (Co-investigator)
07-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Industry-Inspired Photonic Imaging, Sensing and Analysis
Flockhart, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Marshall, Stephen (Co-investigator)
EPSRC CDT in Industrial Inspired Photonics for Sensing, Imaging and Analysis
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2028
EngD Gooch and Housego Optical Coherence Tomography
Flockhart, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Johnstone, Walter (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2021
Fast-tracking Health Innovation for NHS Scotland (MRC Confidence in Concept 2017) / R170262-103
Flockhart, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Uttamchandani, Deepak (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 28-Jan-2019
AFRC Route to Impact - Photonics in Advanced Manufacturing: Large stand-off NDT using laser ultrasonics
Flockhart, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Uttamchandani, Deepak (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Blue, Robert (Researcher)
01-Jan-2016 - 28-Jan-2017
OPTIMA - Defining tumour margins using next generation photoacoustic imaging
Flockhart, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Uttamchandani, Deepak (Academic) Faulds, Karen (Academic) Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator) Brunton, Val (Academic)
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.
01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2020

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