Professor Anthony Gachagan

Head Of Department

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


Remote, volumetric ultrasonic imaging of defects using two-dimensional laser induced phased arrays
Lukacs Peter, Davis Geo, Stratoudaki Theodosia, Javadi Yashar, Pierce Gareth, Gachagan Anthony
Proceedings of 2021 48th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, QNDE 2021 2021 48th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, QNDE 2021 Proceedings of 2021 48th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, QNDE 2021 (2022)
Inspection of nuclear assets with limited access using feature guided waves
Foster Euan A, Bernard Robert, Bolton Gary, Jackson-Camargo Joseph C, Gachagan Anthony, Mohseni Ehsan, MacLeod Charles N
NDT and E International Vol 131 (2022)
Mechanical stress measurement using phased array ultrasonic system
Javadi Yashar, Hutchison Alistair, Zimermann Rastislav, Lotfian Saeid, Mohseni Ehsan, Wathavana Vithanage Randika Kosala, MacLeod Charles Norman, Pierce Gareth, Gachagan Anthony, Mehnen Jorn
2022 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (2022)
Ultrasonic guided wave estimation of minimum remaining wall thickness using Gaussian process regression
Tabatabaeipour Morteza, Tzaferis Konstantinos, McMillan Ross, Jackson William, Dobie Gordon, Edwards Rachel S, Trushkevych Oksana, Gachagan Anthony
Materials & Design Vol 221 (2022)
Modelling and characterisation ultrasonic phased array transducers for pipe inspections
Hampson Rory, Zhang Dayi, Gachagan Anthony, Dobie Gordon
International Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping Vol 200 (2022)
Automated multi-modal in-process non-destructive evaluation of wire + arc additive manufacturing
Mohseni Ehsan, Zimermann Rastislav, Vithanage Randika K W, Foster Euan, Vasilev Momchil, Loukas Charalampos, Rizwan Muhammad Khalid, MacDonald Charles, Lines David, Pimentel Misael, Fitzpatrick Stephen, Halavage Steven, McKegney Scott, Pierce Gareth, Gachagan A, Williams Stewart, Ding Jialuo
59th Annual British Conference on Non-Destructive Testing 2022 (2022)

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

Developments of in-process NDE techniques for Wire + Arc Additive Manufacture at University of Strathclyde
A novel signal processing technique to remove electrical interference from ultrasonic RF A-scans
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

More professional activities


Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) ‎- Bridging the Gaps (BTG) – Net Zero / Circular Economy
Javadi, Yashar (Principal Investigator) Lotfian, Saeid (Co-investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Mehmanparast, Ali (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator)
In-situ Robotic and Ultrasonic Stress Measurement for Predictive ‎Maintenance of Offshore Wind Bolted Flange Connections
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2023
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Ultrasonic Engineering (FUSE) | Germano, Elmergue
Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator) Mohseni, Ehsan (Co-investigator) Germano, Elmergue (Research Co-investigator)
13-Jan-2021 - 13-Jan-2025
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Ultrasonic Engineering (FUSE) | Getty, Adam
Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator) Tabatabaeipour, Seyed Morteza (Co-investigator) Getty, Adam (Research Co-investigator)
13-Jan-2021 - 13-Jan-2025
EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)-New Organisation Engagement
Mohseni, Ehsan (Principal Investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator)
"Automated non-destructive testing of high value additive manufactured components": The IAA application is geared towards how to commercialise the in-process NDT technology (ultrasonic and electromagnetic approaches).
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
BH As-Clad Bond Integrity V1
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Javadi, Yashar (Co-investigator) Lines, David (Co-investigator) Mohseni, Ehsan (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Wathavana Vithanage, Randika Kosala (Co-investigator)
02-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2022
EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funding
Qiu, Zhen (Principal Investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Academic) O'Leary, Richard (Academic) Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator) Stevenson, Tim (Principal Investigator)
High Temperature Ultrasonic Imaging Transducer for In-Process Inspection
15-Jan-2020 - 15-Jan-2021

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
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