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The Advanced Propulsion Lab core team is made up of visionary academics and highly experienced engineers from the electrochemical and automotive fields.

Department Heads

Professor Richard BucknallHead of Department (Mechanical Engineering)

Professor Eva SorensenHead of Department (Chemical Engineering) 

Academic Lead

 Professor Eva Sorensen - Interim Director of APL

APL Facilities Leads

Dr Mehdi Baghdadi - Associate Professor in Propulsion (Mechanical Engineering)

Dr James Robinson - Lecturer in Advanced Propulsion (Chemical Engineering)

Academics (Research)

Dr Pedram Asef - Lecturer in Advanced Electrical Machines

Dr Shun Cai - Lecturer in Advanced Electrical Machines

Dr Marilize Everts - Lecturer in Advanced Thermal Engineering for Electric Propulsion Systems

Dr Alex Kibler - Lecturer in Electrochemical Systems (from 1 August 2024)

Dr Alex Rettie - Associate Professor in Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage

Dr James Robinson - Lecturer in Advanced Propulsion

Academics (Teaching)

Dr Guanxu (Vicky) Chen - Lecturer (Teaching) in Electrochemical Power Systems 

Dr Andrew Morrison - Lecturer (Teaching) in Electrochemical Power Systems (part-time)

Dr Peng Wu - Lecturer (Teaching) in Propulsion Systems

Technical Staff

Dr Mark Buckwell - APL Lab Manager

Joe Barwick - APL Research Technician (Battery) 

Dr Rosalie Hamill - APL Research Technician (Chemical) and Deputy Safety Officer

Pouya Kolahian - APL Research Technician (Power Electronics)