Imelda graduated with a PhD from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2018, having previously completed a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2014.

Imelda’s PhD research focused on improving computer-aided design (CAD) practice from a manufacturing perspective, creating a novel CAD-neutral methodology which allowed the creation of variational geometry alongside nominal models within a CAD assembly environment. This permitted a truer representation of manufacturing conditions and analysis of their effects on the assembly within the simulation environment, to bridge the gap between commercial CAD software and early stage design for manufacture.

Having returned to the School as a Research Fellow she is liaising with the Biohaviour team to understand and capture the technologies of this exciting engineering design concept whilst working on another research project within the School.