Dr Charles Norman MacLeod

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

Charles MacLeod is a Research Associate in the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering. After being awarded a Masters in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering with Distinction at Strathclyde, Charles then went on to undertake a PhD in Automated Non – Destructive Evaluation. While undertaking his PhD Charles, was seconded to Spirit AeroSystems, in Prestwick to undertake Knowledge Exchange activities built on fundamental EPSRC funded research. Through this secondment a combined automated NDE and metrology cell was developed and exploited. Charles was awarded the prestigious University of Strathclyde EPSRC Doctoral Prize for 2014, for his work investigating automated non-contact ultrasound. This work which is currently on-going has great potential in terms of scanning rates and throughput, therefore offering large reduction in overall production cycle time. Charles has vast experience in electrical and mechanical engineering areas such as robotics, sensors, electronics, mechanical jigs and software. His research interests include: Non-Destructive Evaluation Sensors including Ultrasonic, Electromagnetic, Tactile and Visual Automation Metrology Robotics Low noise electronics. Charles has delivered impact in the form of dissemination, new revenue, commercialisation and product hardware through a number of high profile KE projects. This has been achieved and backed up by fundamental budget and deadline reliability. Teaching Activities. Charles regularly assists with the core Instrumentation and Microcontrollers, Lectures, Laboratories and Tutorials. Additionally he is a registered Small Group Tutor for 1st Year students.


Autonomous ultrasonic inspection using unmanned aerial vehicle
Zhang Dayi, Watson Robert, Dobie Gordon, MacLeod Charles Norman, Pierce Gareth
2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS) 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (2018)
Low cost three-dimensional virtual model construction for remanufacturing industry
Siddiqi Muftooh U R, Ijomah Winifred L, Dobie Gordon I, Hafeez Muthair, Pierce S Gareth, Ion William, Mineo Carmelo, MacLeod Charles N
Journal of Remanufacturing (2018)
Enhancing the sound absorption of small-scale 3D printed acoustic metamaterials based on Helmholtz resonators
Casarini Cecilia, Tiller Ben, Mineo Carmelo, MacLeod Charles N, Windmill James F C, Jackson Joseph C
IEEE Sensors Journal Vol 18, pp. 7949-7955 (2018)
Ultrasonic phased array inspection of wire plus arc additive manufacture ‎‎(WAAM) samples using conventional and total focusing method (TFM) ‎imaging approaches
Javadi Yashar, MacLeod Charles Norman, Pierce Stephen, Gachagan Anthony, Kerr William, Ding Jialuo, Williams Stewart, Vasilev Momchil, Su Riliang, Mineo Carmelo, Dziewierz Jerzy
57th The British Institue of Non-destructive Testing Annual Conference (2018)
Enabling robotic adaptive behaviour capabilities for new industry 4.0 automated quality inspection paradigms
Mineo Carmelo, Vasilev Momchil, MacLeod Charles N, Su Riliang, Pierce S Gareth
57th Annual British Conference on Non-Destructive Testing, pp. 1-12 (2018)
Off-line scan path planning for robotic NDT
Morozov M, Pierce SG, MacLeod CN, Mineo C, Summan R
Measurement Vol 122, pp. 284-290 (2018)

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Professional activities

Autonomous Systems Lab, Institute of Robotics & Intelligent Systems, ETH Zurich
Visiting researcher
WAAMat Research Day - Automated NDE Keynote
Organiser for Factory 2050/ KUKA advanced robot programming workshop
Keynote Talk - Impact In Manufacturing Inspection
Imperial College PGR EngD Viva Examination - External Examiner
Faculty Robotics and Automation Users Group Discussion

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DTP 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
Insptectahire - OGIC
Dobie, Gordon (Principal Investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator)
03-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2020
New Wire Additive Manufacture- NEWAM
Pierce, Gareth (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator)
25-Jan-2018 - 24-Jan-2023
OGTC Robotics Vessel Inspection
Dobie, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Yan, Xiu (Co-investigator) Yang, Erfu (Co-investigator)
20-Jan-2018 - 19-Jan-2020
ANRC 012-01_Ultrasonic Inspection and Monitoring for Challenging Industrial Welding Applications_CORE
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
Acoustic Based Characterisation of arc fusion process control parameters
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Dobie, Gordon (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Mulholland, Anthony (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Stratoudaki, Theodosia (Co-investigator) Tant, Katherine Margaret Mary (Co-investigator)
02-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2020

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Technology Innovation Centre

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