Dr Charles Norman MacLeod

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

Charles MacLeod is a Chancellor's Fellow & Lecturer 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.

His research is primarily associated with the inspection and manufacturing enhancement of high value assets and components. He leads a number of high-profile inter-disciplinary in-process welding and metal additive research projects. 

While undertaking his PhD Charles, was seconded to Spirit AeroSystems, in Prestwick to undertake Knowledge Exchange activities built on fundamental EPSRC funded research. Charles was awarded the prestigious University of Strathclyde EPSRC Doctoral Prize for 2014, for his work investigating automated non-contact ultrasound. 

His research interests include:

Non-Destructive Evaluation

Sensors including Ultrasonic, Electromagnetic, Tactile and Visual




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. 

Teaching Activities.

EE312 Instrumentation and Microcontrollers Lectures, Laboratories and Tutorials.



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)
Intentional weld defect process : from manufacturing by ‎‎robotic welding machine to inspection ‎using TFM phased ‎‎array ‎
Javadi Yashar, Vasilev Momchil, MacLeod Charles N, Pierce Stephen G, Su Riliang, Mineo Carmelo, Dziewierz Jerzy, Gachagan Anthony
45th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation 45th Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation Conference (2018)
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)

more publications

Professional activities

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

more professional activities


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
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
Automated delivery of non-contact NDE sensors
Dobie, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Technology Innovation Centre

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