Dr Gordon Flockhart

Academic 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


Demodulation of polarimetric fibre laser ultrasonic sensor with intensity noise cancellation
Wang Jianfei, Flockhart Gordon M H, Uttamchandani Deepak
Journal of Lightwave Technology (2019)
Application of MEMS enabled excitation and detection schemes to PA imaging
Kusch Jonas, Flockhart Gordon, Bauer Ralf, Uttamchandani Deepak
Transducers 2019 Transducers 2019 - The 20th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (2019)
Miniaturisation of photoacoustic sensing systems using MEMS transducer arrays and MEMS scanning mirrors
Kusch Jonas, Flockhart Gordon MH, Bauer Ralf, Uttamchandani Deepak
2018 IEEE SENSORS IEEE SENSORS 2018, pp. 1 - 3 (2018)
Effects of laser intensity noise on polarimetric distributed feedback fibre laser ultrasonic sensor
Wang Jianfei, Flockhart Gordon M H, Uttamchandani Deepak
26th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors The 26th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors (2018)
Characterization of custom-made thin film AlN MEMS ultrasound transducers
Kusch J, Flockhart G M H, Bauer R, Uttamchandani D
6th International Symposium on Laser Ultrasonics, pp. P.07 (2018)
Photoacoustic characterization of custom-made thin film AlN MEMS ultrasound transducers
Kusch Jonas, Flockhart Gordon MH, Bauer Ralf, Uttamchandani Deepak
Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics 2018 (2018)

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

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

more professional activities


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 - 31-Jan-2020
Next generation photo-acoustic imaging for tissue differentiation
Flockhart, Gordon (Academic) Kusch, Jonas (Post Grad Student)
PhD Studentship
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2018

more projects


Faculty of Engineering
Royal College Building

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