Dr Imran Patel

PhD, CEng MIMechE, CText ATI, FHEA
Contact Details

Lecturer

Programme Leader, Masters in Engineering Management
Lead for Engineering Management Theme

Mechanics of Materials Research Group

Department of Engineering
University Road | Leicester | LE1 7RH | UK

Email: ip123@le.ac.uk

Personal details

Academic Position (2010 onward)

As a Programme Leader for Masters of Engineering Management and Research Theme, I am responsible for the accreditation and smooth running of the Masters programme.  Also, module leader and responsible for teaching foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate modules (class size up to 300 cohort), as well as supervising masters and PhD students.  Previously, as a Consortium Partnership Leader (CPL), I was responsible for Curriculum and Academic Quality and Assurance development and implementation.  Responsible for the UK Partnerships to effectively enhance student’s learning, teaching and students experience across various FE and HE Institutes and ensure appropriate programme pathways are delivered by the Partner Institutes and that smooth transition is made from FE to HE.  In addition, I have also organised and managed several International Conferences to promote the Institutes, facilitate students recruitment and retention and established successful summer schools.

Experience and Education

2018 – Present, Programme Leader - Masters in Engineering Management, Lead for Engineering Management Theme and Lecturer in the School of Engineering. The University of Leicester, UK.

2014 – 2018, Consortium Partnership Leader and Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering. The University of Hertfordshire, UK.

2010 – 2014, Acting Registrar and Assistant Professor at the British University in Egypt. Part of Loughborough University, UK.

2006 – 2010, PhD ‘Energy Harvesting Using Piezoelectric Smart Materials’. University of Bolton, Centre for Material Research and Innovation, UK.

2004 – 2006, CEO and Proprietor of my own business. Apex Management Ltd, UK.

1996 – 2004, Acting Technical and Operation Manager. Tata Steel plc., UK.

1993 – 1996, BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Design, Materials and Manufacturing. University of Nottingham, Centre for Materials and Research, UK.

1991 – 1993, BTEC National Diploma in Engineering. Bolton Metropolitan College, UK.

Professional and Industrial Experience, Corus Group / Tata Steel (1996 – 2004)

Nearly 10 years of Industrial experience as a dedicated and result driven middle manager with a highly successful background in the achievement of profitable business growth through substantial operational, commercial and technical experience within Automotive and white goods industry.  Demonstrated considerable expertise in continuous improvement, cost and waste reduction as well as in all facets of operational and logistics management including market research, R&D, new product launch and design change within the remit of quality system.  Enjoys being part of, as well as managing, motivating and training, a successful and productive team, and thrives in highly pressurised and challenging working environments.

Achievements

  • Instigated cost cutting exercises that saved approximately £1m annually without loss of design features and reduction in manpower.
  • Successfully commissioned a £55m manufacturing process from Germany to mainland U.K.
  • Reduced customer rejected material storage by 20%, internal rejection by 15% and outstanding customer complaint by 15%.
  • Managed portfolio of international OEM customers and their tier suppliers.

Key Skills

  • Demonstrated track record of having achieved outstanding performance to strict timescales and budgetary targets.
  • Influenced and negotiating skills that resulted in a £4m contract being awarded to Corus as opposed to the competitors.
  • Strong understanding of QMS ISO9001 / TS16949 and health and safety procedures, as well as modern tools such as 8D, APQP, PPAP, FMEA, SPC, JIT, KANBAN, FE analysis.
  • Team building, recruitment, training engineers and motivate to achieve exceptional results.
  • Nearly 10 years experience at middle management technical level.

Assistant Technical Manager - North West, U.K. (2002 – 2004)

  • Accountability for Technical and Operational function for 11 production lines, and a workforce of 54, which equates to a turnover of £25m annually.
  • Significantly reduced materials rejection on the production line to acceptable PPM rate.
  • Performed Internal and external audits to ensure business across the group conforms to QMS, Health & safety and International legislation.
  • Generate financial and technical reports for various business group committees.

Quality Assurance Engineer - West Midlands, U.K. (2000 – 2002)

  • Collaboration with Ford, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, BMW, Vauxhall, Land Rover, Nissan, Toyota, Honda etc. and their tiers reg. material selection and tooling design.
  • Created defective and preventative measure manual which has been implemented across the business group and at key customers.
  • Devised and implemented in-house and customer based training and continuous development programmes for internal and external customers.
  • Improved the technique for predicting sheet metal failures during production prior to expensive tooling manufacture, thus ensuring minimum waste.

Technical Liaison Engineer - South Wales, U.K. (1997 – 2000)

  • Main contributor to new emerging technologies within the motor industry, such as Tailor Welded Blanks and Hydro-forming techniques.
  • Managed portfolio of key customers in terms of technical and commercial functions.  As well as participating in new product development and launch programs.
  • Developed and implemented technical training seminars for key customer technical and production personnel’s, as well as educating senior management.

Graduate Trainee – South Wales, U.K. (1996 – 1997)

  • Resolved numerous customer oriented trials to understand supplier – customer relationship.
  • Responded to all technical enquiries nationally and internationally, usually on short notices, resulting in working multiple shifts to ensure customer satisfaction and minimize rejections.
  • Responsible for portfolio of projects from design, prototype through normal production runs.
  • Performed mechanical and chemical analysis of product to establish material specification and generate technical report for senior management.

Courses Certified

  • Continuous Professional Academic Development (CPAD).
  • Certified TS 16949 and ISO 9001:2000 internal lead Auditor.
  • Presentation and team Building skills.
  • Equality and Diversity.
  • Information Security awareness.
  • Fraud Awareness.
  • Safeguarding Awareness
  • Challenging Unconscious Bias.
  • Management of Change.
  • Principle of Project Control.
  • Production and Operational Finance.
  • And several Product, Technical, Manufacturing and Production courses.

Conference Invited Speaker

2017: Chair of organising committee - MRE and Nanomaterials Symposia, UK.

2015: Chair of organising committee - Materials and Renewable Energy Conference, Hong Kong.

2014: Chair of organising committee - Materials and Renewable Energy Conference, Greece.

2013: Secretariat of Advance Technical Textile Conference, Turkey.

2012: Organising Committee – Nanosmat Materials, Czech Republic.

2012: Organising Committee – Nanosmat Materials, France

2011: NanoMedicine, University College London, UK.

2010: Materials and Processing Application, Portugal.

2009: Research and Innovation Conference, Reebok Stadium Bolton, UK.

2008: Research and Innovation Forum, The last drop village hotel, UK.

2007: Nanosmat International Conference, Portugal.

2006: Research and Innovation Conference, University of Bolton, UK.

Examination

PhD viva examination during June 2016 at the Anglian Ruskin University on ‘A Novel Additive Manufacturing Process for the Production of Metal Parts’.

Publications

International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. p. 1-48 48 p. 2017, Self-piercing riveting-a review.

Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering 2016 Vol II WCE 2016, June 29 - July 1, 2016, London, U.K., Stability of perforated plates with an in-plane pre-load on central cutout.

Advanced Materials for Applications in Hydrogen Storage, Fuel Cells and Lithium Ion Batteries.

Peer reviewed paper for J. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, vol. 12, page 1-4, 2012 - La0.3Sr0.2Mn0.1Zn0.4 oxide -Sm0.2Ce0.8O1.9 (LSMZ-SDC), Nanocomposite Cathode for Low Temperature SOFCs.

Peer reviewed paper for Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, vol. 8, issue 4, 2011 – GDC-Y2O3 Oxide Based Two Phase Nanocomposite Electrolyte.

Peer reviewed paper for Journal of Archives of Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 52, issue 2, page 82-86, 2011 - Mechanical behaviour of chicken quills and chicken feather fibres reinforced polymeric composites.

http://www.archivesmse.org/vol52_2/5223.pdf

Reviewed paper for Journal of Achievement in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering (JAMME), vol. 49, issue 2, 2011 - Workings of Auxetic Nanomaterials.  http://www.journalamme.org/papers_vol49_2/49248.pdf?PHPSESSID=d7d5211164a64aca679c4952aa9f2ae8

Review Paper for Sigma, Journal of Engineering and Natural Sciences (Sigma 29, 395-411, 2011) - The Requirement for Piezoelectric Smart Material for Current and Future Applications.

Peer reviewed paper for Journal of Achievements in Materials and Manufacturing, vol. 43, issue 2, 2010 – Mechanical Properties of Ultrasonic Washed Organic and Conventional Cotton Yarns.  http://www.journalamme.org/papers_vol43_2/43210.pdf

Peer reviewed paper for Journal of Archives of Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 44, issue 2, page 120-125, 2010 – Tribological Properties of Auxetic and Conventional Polypropylene Weft Knitted Fabrics.

http://www.archivesmse.org/vol44_2/4426.pdf

Peer reviewed paper for Sensors and Actuators Journal, vol. 159,issue 2, page 213-218, April 2010 - Utilisation of smart polymers and ceramic based piezoelectric materials for scavenging wasted energy (doi number 10.1016/j.sna.2010.03.022 and PII number S0924-4247(10)00125-1).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924424710001251

Peer reviewed paper for Smart Materials and Structures Journal March 2008 – Piezoelectric Fibre Composite Based Energy Harvesting Device.

(The above paper appeared in the journals promotional collection as one of the most widely read and downloaded paper of 2008.

Peer reviewed paper for Smart Materials and Structure Journal December 2010 - Implementation of piezoelectric (PE) smart materials when subjected to impact loading under subzero temperatures for energy harvesting purposes.

Peer reviewed paper for Materials World Magazine - Intelligent Piezoelectric Materials for Powering Electronic Devices.

Peer reviewed paper 2012 - A Low Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel cell based on Zr/Sm Co-Doped Nanocomposite Electrolyte.

Review paper 2012 - Prediction of Material Failure of Automotive Parts Pressing Operations.

Peer reviewed paper 2012 - Characterisation of Thermal Diffusivity and Tensile Properties of Ultrasonically Washed Woven Fabrics.

Paper Presentation

Paper presentation at The Reebok Stadium of Bolton - Research and Innovation Conference 16th September 2009 – Piezoelectric Based Smart Materials for Harvesting Wasted Energy to Power Electronic Devices.

Paper presentation at The Last Drop Village Hotel: Research and Innovation Forum 8th May 2008 - Utilisation of Smart Polymer Foam for Pyroelectric Power Harvesting.

Paper presentation in Algarves, Portugal – nanosmat2007 Conference July 2007 – Piezoelectric Fibre Microcomposite Based Energy Harvesting Device.

Paper presentation at The University of Bolton - Research and Innovation Conference 2006 - Energy Regeneration from Cellular Piezo and Pyro Electric Smart Material Foams.

Advanced Materials for Applications in Hydrogen Storage, Fuel Cells and Lithium Ion Batteries

Poster Presentation

Poster presentation at MPA Meeting 4th International meeting on developments in materials, processes and applications of emerging technologies – University of Minho, Braga, Portugal 28th to 30th July 2010 – Evaluation of Piezoelectric Smart Materials for Power Harvesting.

Poster presentation at MPA Meeting 4th International meeting on developments in materials, processes and applications of emerging technologies – University of Minho, Braga, Portugal 28th to 30th July 2010 – Vibration Analysis Performed Using Piezoelectric Smart Materials.

Poster presentation at The Reebok Stadium of Bolton – Research and Innovation Conference 16th September 2009 - Utilisation of Smart Polymer Foam for Pyroelectric Power Harvesting.

Poster presentation at The Last Drop Village Hotel: Research and Innovation Forum 2008 – Piezoelectric Smart Polymer Foam and Ceramic Composite (1st prize for best poster presentation).

Poster presentation at The University of Bolton – Research and Innovation Conference 21st March 2007 - Utilisation of Smart Polymer Foam for Pyroelectric Power Harvesting (1st prize for best poster presentation).

Reviewed Papers

Research Paper: Analysis of Piezoelectric Effects on Various Loading Conditions for Energy Harvesting in a Bridge System.  Manuscript Number: SNA-D-10-00703.  Published in Sensors & Actuators: A. Physical

Multimaterial piezoelectric fibres.  Published online on 11 JULY 2010 | DOI: 10.1038/NMAT2792, Published in Nature Materials

Research Paper: Application of Shape Memory Polymer as a Pressure Actuator for Venous Leg Ulcer Treatment

Research Paper: Thermo-mechanical Behaviour of Single Layer Polystyrene based Shape Memory Composite

Book Chapter

Ceramic Based Intelligent Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Device.  ISBN 978-953-307-350-7

Proposals

British Council “Paving the route for industry and academia collaboration on developing materials for renewable energy applications”.

Submitted to Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) on “Development of Energy Harvesting Device Using Smart Piezoelectric Materials” for GBP 833K.

Submitted to Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) on “Optimum and Integrated Multiple-Effect Distillation and Membrane Unit for Water Desalination” for GBP 350K.

Submitted to Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) on “Faculty for Factory Call for Proposals” for GBP 180K.

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