Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Yvonne Huebner

Strategic Project Manager

Background

Summary

Since November 2016, I have been appointed as the Strategic Project Manager for the Newcastle and Gateshead Urban Living Partnership (Newcastle City Futures) and am now part of the Infrastructure & Strategic Projects Team within the Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering.

As the Project Manager for Newcastle City Futures, I am responsible for the delivery, data to day project management and stakeholder engagement and help generate, a portfolio of new business leads, opportunities and projects that will benefit the University and the wider region, with a particular emphasis on digital technologies and applications in energy and future cities.


Background

I am a Chemical Engineer and have a PhD from the University of Surrey in Biomedical Engineering. In 2007 I started working in the policy team at the Royal Society of Chemistry where I was responsible for policy in the areas energy, environment and sustainability before joining the Institution of Engineering and Technology, where I was the Principal Policy Advisor for transport and manufacturing policy. As part of my role there I facilitated the transport sessions of cross-government events on engineering, infrastructure and climate change adaptation, authored a report on the unintended consequences of transport and coordinated a number of transport related consultation responses to the Department for Transport, EU Commission, Royal Academy of Engineering and House of Commons Transport Select Committee. In 2010 I decided to move back into research and joined the Transport Operations Research Group at Newcastle University as Senior Research Associate. In this role I specialised in developing, managing and delivering large-scale, real-world demonstrator trials of electric vehicles and ICT solutions for managing urban transport networks more sustainably and efficiently. My ability to join, initiate and maintain international multi-stakeholder research consortia has seen me at the core of the management teams for European collaborative research and demonstration projects on electric vehicles and cooperative systems. Over the past three years I have successfully prepared bids to the European Commission, EPSRC and the TEN-T Executive Agency.


Qualifications

PhD Biomedical Engineering, University of Surrey, UK

Euro Dipl. Ing. Chemieingenieurswesen, Europa-Fachhochschule Fresenius, Germany


Previous Positions

Inward Investment Manager, Newcastle University (2014 - 2017)

Senior Research Associate in Intelligent Transport Systems, Newcastle University (2010 – 2014)

Principal Policy Advisor, Institution of Engineering and Technology (2008 – 2010)

Science and Technology Executive, Royal Society of Chemistry (2007 – 2008)


Honours and awards

Recipient of the Sir Henry Royce Award for the best young professional engineer of the year (2013)

Awarded the best paper prize at the Road Transport Information and Control Conference (RTIC), London (2010)

Runner-up in New Scientist Magazine writing competition, communicating science to the general public (2005)

Second place in an oral presentation competition at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Western Regional Conference at University of California, Riverside, USA (2003)

Knowledge Transfer Secondment to Ofgem (2014)

Successful €7M bid for RCN from the TEN-T Agency (2014 – 2015)

Successful €10M bid for COMPASS4D from the European Commission (2013 – 2015)

€5m bid for smartCEM from the European Commission (2012 – 2014)

PhD fellowship from EPSRC (2004 – 2007)

9 months fellowship from dstl (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) (2004)

6 months Leonardo Project Scholarship, from the European Union (2002)

 

Impact

           European speaker and rapporteur of the 'Green urban mobility' session at the EU-China urbanisation workshop in Foshan, China with the aim of mapping synergies and new collaboration opportunities between European and Chinese researchers and to define cooperation priorities and flagship projects under the urban innovation theme

·          Author of the ElectroMobility Roadmap as part of the ERTICO ElectroMobility Task Force – a key element of a strategic plan for the phased implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for ElectroMobility across Europe.

·          Rapporteur for the ITS Europe Congress and ITS World Congress 2013 – 2015

·          Invited by the Department for Transport / Office for Low Emission Vehicles and the SMMT to be a keynote speaker at a Local Authority electric vehicles briefing event on in 2012.

·          Invited keynote speaker for a European Workshop “Smart Grids – the policy, regulatory and social aspects of smart meters and application”.  The workshop was jointly organised by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, BIS, the Science & Innovation Network, the Energy Generation & Supply KTN and the UK Energy Research Centre.

·          Invited by UKTI to be a member of the delegation at the UK–Spain Low Carbon Seminar and Exhibition 2012. 

Research

Research Interests

Exploring the application of innovative technologies to transport
Behaviour: the use of technology and/or modelling to facilitate behavioural change
Policy delivery: development of technology to match policy requirements and informing policy makers how to exploit the availability of new technology 
Accessibility: the application of technology to transport to enhance inclusive mobility.

Previous Work

Compass4D – I was the Evaluation Work Package leader for the Compass4D project, a EUR 10 Million European cooperative vehicle demonstration project where I was responsible for the pilot evaluation of 7 sites across Europe.

TUCP - Transforming Utilities' Conversion Points (EP/J005649/1) A project to design more sustainable, adaptable and resilient infrastructure by exploring how energy is used to deliver domestic utility services such as water, electricity.

Rapid Charge Network (RCN) – I was the Study Lead for the RCN project, which aimed to develop a strategy for the installation and operation of rapid charge points and undertake a study on the impact that such a network will have on driver and charger behaviour.

SWITCH-EV - Demonstrating and evaluating electric vehicles in the north east of England with a specially developed and integrated data logging system.

OASIS - Utilising ICT and other key technologies in order to provide holistic services to older people to support their physical and psychological independence, stimulate their social or psychological engagement and foster their emotional well being. In doing so, OASIS thus addresses key areas of their activities encompassing: independent living and socialising, autonomous mobility, and flexible work-ability.

SIDE - Addressing four fields where digital technologies and the building of a truly inclusive digital economy could deliver major social benefits including Inclusive Transport Services, which focuses on elderly drivers, traveller information systems and pedestrian navigation.

Esteem Indicators

Awarded the best paper prize at the Road Transport Information and Control Conference (RTIC), London (2010).
Facilitated the two transport sessions of a cross-government study on engineering, infrastructure and climate change adaptation (2009 and 2010).
Runner-up in New Scientist Magazine writing competition, communicating science to the general public. Article title: “How cancer cells learned dancing” (2005).
Second place in an oral presentation competition at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Western Regional Conference at University of California, Riverside, USA (2003).

Publications