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Alastair Wood

Associate Dean External Relations

Faculty/Dept/School Department of Mechanical and Energy Systems Engineering
(Faculty of Engineering and Informatics)
Telephone +441274 234281


EDUCATION: graduated with BSc (Hons) Applied Mathematics (St Andrews, 1979) followed by PhD (St Andrews, 1984) in Computational Applied Mathematics supported by a CASE Award resourced by British Gas MRS (modelling synthetic natural gas production).

EMPLOYMENT: first academic position as Professor Auxiliar in Departamento de Estatistica, Investigacao Operacional e Computacao (DEIOC) at the Universidade de Lisboa, 1984-85 (required lecturing in Portuguese). Returned to UK as Lecturer in Mathematics (University of Manchester, 1986) and then, at the University of Bradford, as Lecture in Mathematics (1987), Senior Lecturer in Mathematics (1995), Reader in Engineering Mathematics (2002), and Personal Chair in Engineering Mathematics (2004). Appointed Dean of School of Engineering, Design, and Technology (2008-2013), and Interim Dean of School of Engineering and Informatics (2013-2014).

RESEARCH: current interests focus upon numerical optimisation (multi-disciplinary (MDO), response surface modelling, evolutionary methods, highly-constrained design spaces). Applications include engine calibration, model-based condition monitoring, petro-chem refinery process, and algorithm development. Research activity supports the delivery of a Masters module in Design Optimisation. I am a reviewer for the Georgian National Science Foundation, and referee for a numerical of good academic journals.

TEACHING: lecture across all engineering disciplines and stages in which engineering mathematics is required. For 2018/19 this comprises: ENM4004B Mathematical Methods & Applications (Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, Medical), ENM5005B Further Engineering Mathematics & Statistics (Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, Medical), ENM7005B Modelling & Optimisation (Mechanical MSc & Stage 4 MEng, ), I coordinate the Mathematics Subject Team for Engineering. 

INTERNATIONAL: Broader professional interests and activities include transnational education, partnership development, and internationalisation. Lead internationalisation activity within the Faculty (partnerships, taught programmes, recruitment, etc.) and manage student exchange programmes for the School of Engineering. Lecture at Sichuan University (Chengdu, China), delivering a Masters-level summer school course, and deliver an MSc module at Wuhan University of Technology (China). Linked to TNE I have worked with NCUK for some 15 years (as Senior Mathematics Examiner), and I currently chair their Delivery Quality Committee. NCUK deliver International Foundation Year and Diploma programmes in country for students aspiring to study in the UK. The University of Bradford is a Trustee of NCUK.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT: mentor new and established academic colleagues, informal mentor for senior academic promotion case developments.


Research Groups: Automotive Research Centre


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleA finite element model of the electrofusion welding of thermoplastic pipes (1997)
AuthorsRosala G.;Day A.;Wood A.
JournalProceedings Of The Institution Of Mechanical Engineers, Part E: Journal Of Process Mechanical
TitleSteady-state heat transfer through extended plane surfaces (1995)
AuthorsWood A.;Tupholme G.;Bhatti M.;Heggs P.
JournalInternational Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer
TitleA heat balance integral model of the thermistor (1995)
AuthorsWood A.;Kutluay S.
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
TitleThe Butt-fusion welding of polymers (1993)
AuthorsWood A.
JournalChemical Engineering Sciences
TitleTechnical note: Unconditionally stable implementation of the isotherm migration method (1991)
AuthorsWood A.
JournalNumerical Heat Transfer, Part B: Fundamentals
TitleA note on the use of the isotherm migration method (1991)
AuthorsWood A.
JournalJournal of Computational and Applied Mathematics
Title Author(s)
SAE Technical Papers (2010)Rezapour K.;Ebrahimi K.;S. Wood A.;Nikranjbar A.
SAE Technical Papers (2010)Rezapour K.;Ebrahimi K.;S. Wood A.;Nikranjbar A.
Advances in Engineering Heat Transfer (1995)Wood A.;Tupholme G.;Heggs P.
Computational Modelling of Free and Moving Boundary Problems (1991)Wood A.