Dr Charles Norman MacLeod

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

Charles MacLeod is a Chancellor's Fellow and 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.



Using coded excitation to maintain signal to noise for FMC+TFM on attenuating materials
Lines David, Mohseni Ehsan, Javadi Yashar, Mineo Carmelo, Wathavana Vithanage Randika Kosala, Qiu Zhen, MacLeod Charles Norman, Pierce Gareth, Gachagan Anthony
2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (2019)
Interfacing Toolbox for Robotic Arms with Real-Time Adaptive Behavior Capabilities
Mineo Carmelo, Wong Cuebong, Vasilev Momchil, Cowan Bruce, MacLeod Charles N, Pierce S Gareth, Yang Erfu
Towards Guided Wave Robotic NDT Inspection: EMAT Size Matters
Trushkevych Oksana, Dixon Steven, Tabatabaeipour Seyed Morteza, Dobie Gordon, Potter Mark, MacLeod Charles Norman, Gachagan Anthony, Pierce Stephen, Edwards Rachel
2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (2019)
Flexible robotic cell for in-process inspection of multi-pass welds
Lines David I, Javadi Yashar, Mohseni Ehsan, Vasilev Momchil, MacLeod Charles N, Vithanage Randika W, Qiu Zhen, Zimermann Rastislav, Loukas Charalampos, Foster Euan, Pierce S Gareth, Gachagan Anthony
NDT2019, pp. 1-12 (2019)
Ultrasonic phased array inspection of a wire plus arc additive manufactured (WAAM) sample with intentionally embedded defects
Javadi Yashar, MacLeod Charles N, Pierce Stephen G, Gachagan Anthony, Lines David, Mineo Carmelo, Ding Jialuo, Williams Stewart, Vasilev Momchil, Mohseni Ehsan, Su Riliang
Additive Manufacturing (2019)
In-process inspection of multi-pass robotic welding
Javadi Yashar, MacLeod Charles, Lines David, Vasilev Momchil, Mohseni Ehsan, Foster Euan, Qiu Zhen, Vithanage Randika, Zimermann Rastislav, Loukas Charalampos, Pierce Gareth, Gachagan Anthony
‎46th Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation Conference (2019)

more publications

Professional activities

IEEE international ultrasound symposium (IUS) 2019
QNDE - TRL Transducer Design
QNDE Presentation - WAAM Inspection
QNDE - In-Process Weld Inspection
New Nuclear Manufacturing NNUMAN Review - Invited Talk

more professional activities


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
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 - 30-Jan-2021
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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