Professor William Leithead

Emeritus Professor

Electronic and Electrical Engineering


Personal statement

My areas of expertise are Control Engineering and Wind Energy Systems with particular focus on the conceptual design of wind turbines and wind turbine and farm control system design. My research leadership roles include head of the Wind Energy Research Group at Strathclyde and Director of the Industrial Control Centre. The Wind Energy Research Group has more than 70 PhD students and Research Assistants. Additionally, I am Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind Energy Systems, which is hosted by Strathclyde, and its successor, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems, and I Chair the EPSRC Supergen Wind Energy Hub. I am, also, on the Executive Committee of the EPSRC Industrial Doctoral Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy, which is a partnership between Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Exeter Universities.

I am actively involved with many national and international wind energy research and policy committees including the European Academy of Wind Energy Executive Committee, European Energy Alliance Joint Programme Wind Steering Committee and ORECatapult Research Advisory Group.

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Research Interests

  • In Control his research interests include linear systems theory and analysis and nonlinear system modelling and identification;
  • In Wind Energy his research interests include the dynamic analysis of wind turbines and wind farms, their dynamic modelling and simulation, control system design and optimisation.

Professional Activities

SUPERGEN Wind Hub General Board Meeting at Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Leven, Fife (Event)
14h NOWITECH Full Scientific Committee (Event)
SUPERGEN Poster Session followed by SUPERGEN PI Round Table meeting
NORCOWE Board Meeting (External organisation)

More professional activities


Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2021 | Fojcik, Piotr
Hart, Edward John (Principal Investigator) Leithead, Bill (Co-investigator) Fojcik, Piotr (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2026
WindEurope Digitalisation Project
Carroll, James (Principal Investigator) Infield, David (Co-investigator) Leithead, Bill (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Holistic Advanced Prototyping and Interfacing for Wave Energy Control
Leithead, Bill (Principal Investigator) Campos-Gaona, David (Co-investigator) McDonald, Alasdair (Co-investigator) Stock, Adam (Research Co-investigator)
06-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2025
XROTOR (H2020 LC SC3) X-Shaped Radical Offshore Wind Turbine For Overall Cost Of Energy Reduction'
Leithead, Bill (Principal Investigator) Allan, Grant (Co-investigator) Anaya-Lara, Olimpo (Co-investigator) Carroll, James (Co-investigator) Jamieson, Peter (Co-investigator) Stock, Adam (Co-investigator) Williamson, Jack (Researcher)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023
KTP - Natural Power. Develop a wind turbine generator (WTG) monitoring solution for novel control and extended life operations.
Stock, Adam (Principal Investigator) Kazemi Amiri, Abbas (Co-investigator) Leithead, Bill (Co-investigator)
16-Jan-2020 - 15-Jan-2022
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures
Carroll, James (Principal Investigator) Carroll, James (Principal Investigator) Leithead, Bill (Principal Investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Brennan, Feargal (Co-investigator) Campos-Gaona, David (Co-investigator) Carroll, James (Co-investigator) Jamieson, Peter (Co-investigator) Kolios, Athanasios (Co-investigator) Kolios, Athanasios (Co-investigator) Leithead, Bill (Co-investigator) Leithead, Bill (Co-investigator) McDonald, Alasdair (Co-investigator) McDonald, Alasdair (Co-investigator) Mehmanparast, Ali (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2027

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Professor William Leithead
Emeritus Professor
Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Tel: 548 2378