Dr Katherine Tant

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

Dr Katherine Tant is an applied mathematician conducting research at the interface between mathematics and industry.  In June 2018, she was awarded a 3 year EPSRC UKRI Innovation fellowship for her work in ultrasonic tomography and was subsequently appointed as a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde in May 2019. Her research interests revolve around the modelling of waves in complex materials and using this knowledge to ‘see the unseen’; how can we create images of a solid object’s interior using wave data collected on its surface?  This is a hugely important question throughout many industries, including medical imaging, geophysics and non-destructive testing. Over the years, Katherine has worked closely with a number of companies including Doosan Babcock, EDF, IHI, NPL, NNL, Onscale and Rolls Royce.

As a result of her training and experience, Katherine is committed to promoting the role of mathematics in tackling real-world challenges and, in 2016, co-published the book UK Success Stories in Industrial Mathematics, which showcased mathematical research that had resulted in positive industrial, societal and environmental impacts. She is also an advocate for the advancement of women leaders in STEMM subjects. She is currently participating in the Homeward Bound programme, a global year-long leadership program for women in science which focusses on the development of leadership capacity, strategic capability and visibility and culminates in a 3 week intensive Antarctic voyage.



A spectral method for sizing cracks using ultrasonic arrays
Cunningham L J, Mulholland A J, Tant K M M, Gachagan A, Harvey G, Bird C
Inverse Problems in Science and Engineering (2017)
Mapping the material microstructure of safety critical components using ultrasonic phased arrays
Tant Katherine M M, Galetti Erica, Mulholland Anthony J, Curtis Andrew, Gachagan Anthony
2016 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS) IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2016 (2016)
The detection of flaws in austenitic welds using the decomposition of the time reversal operator
Cunningham Laura J, Mulholland Anthony J, Tant Katherine M M, Gachagan Anthony, Harvey Gerry, Bird Colin
Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences Vol 472 (2016)
UK Success Stories in Industrial Mathematics
Aston Philip J, Mulholland Anthony J, Tant Katherine MM
Finite element analysis simulations for ultrasonic array NDE inspections
Dobson Jeff, Tweedie Andrew, Harvey Gerald, O'Leary Richard, Mulholland Anthony, Tant Katherine, Gachagan Anthony
42nd Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation 42nd Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, pp. 040005-1 - 040005-14 (2016)
An analytical approach to objectively sizing cracks using ultrasonic phased array data
Tant Katherine M M, Mulholland Anthony J, Gachagan Anthony
54th Annual British Conference of Non-Destructive Testing, NDT 2015 54th Annual British Conference of Non-Destructive Testing, NDT 2015, pp. 282-291 (2015)

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Professional activities

Geosciences (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Women in Leadership: Homeward Bound
UK Acoustics Network (External organisation)
Material Map Inversion and Imaging in Complex and Locally Anisotropic Media for Non-Destructive Testing
Material Map Inversion and Imaging in Complex and Locally Anisotropic Media
Cellblock Science

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AME NDT (Anisotropic Media Evaluation for Non-Destructive Testing)
Tant, Katherine Margaret Mary (Principal Investigator)
29-Jan-2018 - 28-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-2022
New Methods For Ultrasonic NDE Of Difficult Materials | Tant, Katherine Margaret Mary
Mulholland, Anthony (Principal Investigator) Langer, Matthias (Co-investigator) Tant, Katherine Margaret Mary (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2011 - 11-Jan-2014

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Mathematics and Statistics
Livingstone Tower

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