Professor Anthony Gachagan

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

Prof Gachagan has been Director of the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering (CUE) since October 2010. This research Centre comprises approximately 55 staff and students and has a current funding portfolio of in excess of £5M. Prof Gachagan has line management responsibilities for all CUE personnel, reporting directly to the Departmental Head of Department. Interestingly, the research portfolio within CUE is diverse, with Electronic and Mechanical Engineers, Physicists, Mathematicians, Polymer Scientists and Biologists involved in the research teams. The research portfolio of the Centre has expanded in recent years, with robotics, metrology, bioacoustics and high power ultrasound building on the traditional fields of NDE and Sonar. Prof Gachagan has been directly involved in all of these areas and it is his interest in a broad, diverse range of scientific and engineering topics coupled with his strategic leadership that has seen CUE strengthen in terms of international profile, industrial engagement and funding profile.

Prof Gachagan is the Academic Chair and a member of the Management Board of RCNDE. He is also a member of both the Technical and Scottish Branch Committees of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT). Within Strathclyde, he is the Deputy Head of Department for EEE, EEE Research Director and sits on the departmental Departmental Strategy Advisory Group and Departmental Executive Team.



Has expertise in:

    • Ultrasonic transducer and transducer array design
    • Application of ultrasonic monitoring techniques to NDE, Sonar, Industrial Process Control
    • Design of bespoke high power ultrasound reactors
    • Application of high power ultrasound in Sonochemistry
    • Array signal processing
    • Air-coupled NDE
    • Robotics and Automation

Prizes and awards

The BINDT Annual Conference Award

More prizes and awards


  • PG Cert in Advanced Academic Studies, Strathclyde, 2009
  • PhD entitled "An evaluation of 1-3 connectivity compoiste transducers for air-coupled ultrasonic applications", Strathclyde, 1996
  • BSc Electronic and Microprocessor Engineering, Strathclyde, 1985


Modelling of echo amplitude fidelity for transducer bandwidth and TFM pixel resolution
Lines David, Mohseni Ehsan, Zimermann Rastislav, Mineo Carmelo, MacLeod Charles Norman, Pierce Gareth, Gachagan Anthony
47th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (2020)
Calibration of ultrasonic hardware for enhanced total focusing method imaging
Ingram M, Gachagan A, Nordon A, Mullholland A J, Hegarty M
Insight: The Journal of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing Vol 62, pp. 408-415 (2020)
In-process calibration of a non-destructive testing system used for in-process inspection of multi-pass welding
Javadi Yashar, Sweeney Nina E, Mohseni Ehsan, MacLeod Charles N, Lines David, Vasilev Momchil, Qiu Zhen, Vithanage Randika KW, Mineo Carmelo, Stratoudaki Theodosia, Pierce Stephen G, Gachagan Anthony
Materials and Design Vol 195 (2020)
Determination of bubble size distribution using ultrasound array imaging
Ingram Marcus, Mineo Carmelo, Gachagan Anthony, Mulholland Anthony J, Nordon Alison, Hegarty Martin
IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Vol 67, pp. 1424-1437 (2020)
Continuous monitoring of an intentionally-manufactured crack using an automated welding and in-process inspection system
Javadi Yashar, Mohseni Ehsan, MacLeod Charles N, Lines David, Vasilev Momchil, Mineo Carmelo, Foster Euan, Pierce Stephen G, Gachagan Anthony
Materials and Design Vol 191 (2020)
Effective grain orientation mapping of complex and locally anisotropic media for improved imaging in ultrasonic non-destructive testing
Tant K M M, Galetti E, Mulholland A J, Curtis A, Gachagan A
Inverse Problems in Science and Engineering (2020)

More publications


Prof Gachagan is involved with the delivery of Analogue Electronics modules to 3rd (EE315) and 4th (EE468) year EEE/CES/EME students. These modules focus on amplifier design using transistors and cover amplifier design, biaising considerations, frequency response and noise characteristics. In addition, he delivers a Project Management module (EE318) to 3rd year EEE/CES students.

Research interests

Prof Anthony Gachagan's specific research interests encompass ultrasonic transducers and arrays, power ultrasound, robotics and automation, industrial process control, bioacoustics, thermosonics and the application of coded excitation techniques. His research activities involve both national and international collaboration with academia and industry. His research activities encompass the following thematic sectors:

  • Non-Destructive Evaluation and Condition Monitoring
  • Sensors for Process Control
  • Health Technologies
  • Process Intensification
  • Pressure Field Mapping
  • Ultrasonic Transduction

Professional activities

IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium
Correction of B-Scan Distortion for OptimumUltrasonic Imaging of Back Walls with ComplexGeometries
IEEE international ultrasound symposium (IUS) 2019
External Examiner
2019 Innovation Showcase: Nuclear Asset Management and Industrial Informatics
ANRC International Showcase

More professional activities


OGIC - Arrow
Dobie, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator)
08-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2020
Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2018 | Poole, Alastair
Pierce, Gareth (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Poole, Alastair (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
EPSRC 2018 ICase for A Poole | Poole, Alastair
Pierce, Gareth (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Poole, Alastair (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
Multi-Sensor Solid Monitoring Acoustic System
Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator) Mulholland, Anthony (Co-investigator) Nordon, Alison (Co-investigator)
12-Jan-2018 - 12-Jan-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Zimermann, Rastislav
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Zimermann, Rastislav (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
OGTC Project with SMS Oilfield Ltd
Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator)
£150k project through OGTC, with Prof Mulholland and Dr Nordon as Co-Investigators
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2019

More projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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