Dr Richard O'Leary


Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

I am a lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, my teaching is focussed on principles of measurement, signal acquisition and data processing as applied to engineering and biomedical applications.


My research base is in the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering, the emphasis is the implementation of novel transduction systems, both piezoelectric and capacitive modalities, to service applications including measurement of material properties; ultrasound imaging; sonochemistry and non-destructive testing.


Has expertise in:

    • Polymer Science

    • Acoustic Transduction

    • Wave Propagation

    • Finite Element Modelling


Application of ultrasonic guided waves to robotic occupancy grid mapping
Tabatabaeipour Morteza, Trushkevych Oksana, Dobie Gordon, Edwards Rachel S, McMillan Ross, MacLeod Charles, O'Leary Richard, Dixon Steven, Gachagan Anthony, Pierce Stephen G
Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing (2021)
Fabrication and characterization of a novel photoactive based (0-3) piezocomposite material with potential as a functional material for additive manufacturing of piezoelectric sensors
Omoniyi OA, Mansour R, Cardona M J, Briuglia M L, O'Leary R L, Windmill J F C
Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics Vol 32, pp. 11883–11892 (2021)
Quantifying ultrasound for sono-crystallization
Forbes Clarissa, Price Chris, O'Leary Richard
2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS) 2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS) (2019)
Developing a 3D printable electret material for sensing applications
Omoniyi O A, Tiller B, O'Leary R, Windmill James
2019 IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS) IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (2019)
Broadband 1-3 piezoelectric composite transducer design using Sierpinski Gasket fractal geometry
Fang Haoyu, Qiu Zhen, Mulholland Anthony J, O'Leary Richard L, Gachagan Anthony
IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Vol 65, pp. 2429-2439 (2018)
Broadband piezocrystal transducer array for non-destructive evaluation imaging applications
Qiu Zhen, Fang Haoyu, O'Leary Richard, Gachagan Anthony, Moldovan Alexandru
Proceeding 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (2018)

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My teaching is focussed on principles of measurement and fundamental concepts of analogue and digital circuits and systems used for measurement and control. I contribute to a variety of modules in this area. In addition, I co-ordinate 4th year Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Individual Projects.

Research interests

My research is primarily focussed on ultrasonic transduction – primarily the application of novel polymer materials and synthesis methods to the creation of new types of transducers. The main goals are improving sensitivity, so that we can probe deeper into the material or interest, and enhancing resolution, allowing us to see the echoes from small targets especially when they are close together.

Professional activities

IEEE international ultrasound symposium (IUS) 2019
PhD external examiner
3D-Printed cellular electret sensor for acoustic applications
EngD External Examiner
External Examiner
16th International Workshop on Micromachined Ultrasonic Transdcuers
PhD Tribunal Technical University of Madrid
External Examiner

More professional activities


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
Transformative Anatomically accurate Microvascular flow Phantoms for Ultrasound therapy research (TAMP-US)
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Jackson, Joseph (Co-investigator) O'Leary, Richard (Co-investigator) Sandison, Mairi (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021
Bio-Inspired Adaptive Ultrasonic NDE: feasibility study
Windmill, James (Principal Investigator) Jackson, Joseph (Co-investigator) O'Leary, Richard (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Morrison, Laura
O'Leary, Richard (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Morrison, Laura (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021
Industrial Case Account 2015 | Winstone, Richard Martin
Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator) O'Leary, Richard (Principal Investigator) Jackson, Joseph (Co-investigator) Winstone, Richard Martin (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2021
Industrial Case Account 2015 / S151217-112
O'Leary, Richard (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2022

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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