School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Michele Pozzi

Lecturer

Background

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Introduction

Dr. Michele Pozzi joined the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering at Newcastle University in November 2012. He brought a range of experiences and expertise, having previously worked on Energy Harvesting as Research Fellow at Cranfield University since 2010 and as CTO at Yottawatt srl in Italy before that. Dr. Pozzi is a physicist and materials scientist by formation, having graduated cum laude in Solid State Physics and holding a Diploma di Specializzazione cum laude (two year taught&research MSc) in Materials Science and Technology, both from Università Statale degli Studi di Milano. Dr. Pozzi moved to the UK for the first time in late 1998 to work on an EPSRC-sponsored PhD in Mechatronics at the University of Leeds, which he completed in 2001. He then moved to Thailand where he was hired as Lecturer and then promoted to Assistant Professor at the Sirindhorn Institute of Technology – Thammasat University. He resigned for family reasons two years later but continued serving academia as Adjoined Faculty at the Mahidol University International College, teaching introductory physics and modern physics. In 2005 he returned to the UK, taking up a Senior Research Associate position in the School of Electrical Electronic and Computer Engineering at Newcastle University. Here he performed ground breaking measurements on the mechanical properties of heteroepitaxial poly 3C-SiC up to 600°C with a custom-made setup, besides creating and modelling a novel topology of capacitive MEMS accelerometers. At Cranfield University he created the Pizzicato Energy Harvester, the world’s first device to use plucking excitation of piezoelectric bimorphs to generate electrical energy.

Dr. Pozzi’s main interests include smart materials and structures, energy harvesting at all scales and MEMS sensors and actuators.

Higher Education

2001 PhD in Mechatronics from the University of Leeds

1998 Diploma di Specializzazione in Materials Science and Technology (70/70 cum laude) from the University of Milan

1996 Diploma di Laurea in Solid State Physics (110/110 cum laude) from the University of Milan

Previous Positions

Research Fellow, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK (2010-2012)

Chief Technology Officer, Yottawatt srl, Milan, IT (2009-2010)

Freelance web designer&developer, Thailand (2008-2009)

Senior Research Associate, School of EECE, Newcastle University, UK (2005-2008)

Adjoined Faculty Member, Mahidol University International College (MUIC) (2004)

Lecturer (and later Assistant Professor), Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT) - Thammasat University - Thailand (2002-2004)

Consultancy

Nikles TEC Italia

Packplast srl

Languages

Italian - English - French - Spanish

Memberships

Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP) since 2007

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2014

Research

Background

Dr. Pozzi’s main areas of expertise are piezoelectric materials, shape memory alloys (SMAs), MEMS sensors, Finite Element modelling and analytical modelling.

Current Research Interests

Dr. Pozzi’s research interests include:

  • analytical modelling and Finite Element coupled-field analysis of piezoelectric structures;

  • creative solutions to energy harvesting in different environments; consequent design, modelling, prototyping and testing of devices;

  • passive generation of electrical energy from everyday human activities like walking (wearable energy harvesters);

  • advanced engineered materials, both for the generation/storage of energy and as key elements of sensors and actuators;

  • Internet of Things (IoT): energy, communications, applications.

Teaching

Past Experience

As an undergraduate student, Dr. Pozzi gave one-to-one private tuitions to a number of students, primarily in Mathematics and Physics. Dr. Pozzi has formally lectured in: Mechatronics, Introductory Physics, Modern Physics, Materials Science, Industrial Instrumentation, Engineering Statics and Dynamics.

Vision

Dr. Pozzi’s teaching achievements and knowledge are recognised by the Higher Education Academy (UK), of which he became an Associate Fellow in 2014. His student projects are normally of the “design-make-test” type, as he believes that the most effective engineering learning occurs in those activities. When designing, there is a strong and direct motivation to acquire the theoretical bases; when making something, practical skills are honed; finally, testing the product gives a very healthy reality check which usually stimulates serious reflective practice. Dr. Pozzi believes that a key target a university should set itself is to produce independent learners: persons with a solid basis in their field upon which to extend their knowledge and skills as life and work will require of them.

Current role

MEC2009 – Mechanics II: Vibrations and control; Simulink modelling for engineering dynamics and control

MEC3014 – Computational Modelling: Data Acquisition and Labview programming

MEC3015 – Instrumentation and Drive Systems: Passive and active electronics filters; electromechanical actuators (DC motors, asynchronous and synchronous AC machines, solenoids); piezoelectric materials; shape memory alloys and other smart materials.

MEC8025 – Mechatronic Design: Mechatronic philosophy and design process; communications; finite state machines; actuators.

MEC8043 – Software in the Professional Engineering Context: Data Acquisition and Labview programming

MEC3018 – Design for Industry: supervision of team project

MEC3098 – Mechanical Engineering Project: supervision of individual project

MEC8095 – MSc Project: Mechanical and Systems Engineering

Current Supervision

Pavlos Sgardelis (PhD candidate)

Lu Zheng (MPhil candidate; co-supervised)

Mahmudul Taz; Lei Cai; Keerati Sooksil; John Cook; Jianxiang Gao; Elmira Alimohammadzadeh (MSc students)

Callum Swift (Stage 3 project student)

Tutoring

Stage 1 through Stage 4



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