Prof Sarah Spurgeon OBE, FREng

Honorary Professor


Research Group: Instrumentation, Control and Embedded Systems

Subject Area: Robust and Nonlinear Control, Condition Monitoring, Control Applications

Qualifications: BSc (York), DPhil (York), CEng, CMath, FIET, FIMA, FInstMC, SMIEEE

Professor Sarah Spurgeon graduated in Mathematics with first class honours from the University of York in 1985. Her DPhil was awarded for a study of the design and assessment of non-linear control systems for aircraft in 1988. She was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University of Technology from September 1988, and moved to the Department of Engineering, University of Leicester in April 1991. Made a Senior Lecturer in October 1995, she was promoted to Reader from 1/10/2000 and was awarded a personal chair in April 2002. She has held a Visiting Professorship at the Ecole Centrale de Lille, a French Grande Ecole and was appointed Head of the Department of Engineering at Leicester University in August 2005. In July 2008 she was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering for her "fundamental contributions to the development of nonlinear control and estimation methods, from theoretical developments through to trials and subsequent industrial support of technological exploitation". In August 2008, she moved with her research team to take up a Chair in Control Engineering and Head the Department of Electronics (now the School of Engineering and Digital Arts) at the University of Kent.

She is currently a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC) which provides independent advice in areas of Science, Engineering, Technology and Analysis to the Secretary of State for Defence and chairs the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Panel which priorities government funding for public engagement which puts engineering at the heart of society. She is a member of the Council for the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), a board member of Engineering UK and was a member of HEFCE REF 2014 sub panel 15, General Engineering. In February 2015 she will succeed Lord Oxburgh as President of the Institute of Measurement and Control.  She is an Editor of the IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information, a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Systems Science, a member of the Editorial Board of the IET Proceedings and a Subject Editor for the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control. She is an elected member of the EPSRC Engineering College and has received support from EPSRC and Leverhulme Trust as well as direct industrial support for her research work. She has provided consultancy and training services to a range of international companies including BAE Systems, TRW Connekt Ltd and Rolls Royce. She has supervised 17 successful PhD students, received approximately £4.7 million to support her research work from EPSRC, EU, the Government and Industry and published in excess of 300 refereed papers in internationally leading journals and the proceedings of international conferences. In 2000 she was awarded an IEEE Millenium medal and in 2010 was awarded the Honeywell International Medal for ‘distinguished contribution as a control and measurement technologist to developing the theory of control’.

Her main areas of expertise are the development of practically realisable nonlinear control strategies which yield robust performance in the presence of uncertainty, and the design of robust condition monitoring schemes.

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