School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Debbie Wilde

Research Networks Administrator


I am the Research Networks Administrator within the School of Engineering. 

I manage the eFutures Network which is an EPSRC network for UK academics and industry led by Professor Anthony O'Neill.  The network aims to establish new cross-disciplinary research projects and collaborations. 

I manage the nanoLAB Research Centre which connects research staff and students across all three faculties within Newcastle University, with research interests ranging from fundamental nano science, through mechanical and medical applications to ethical issues.  nanoLAB offers access to several facilities around the University for its members:

• Quartz Crystal Nanobalance (QCN)
• EEE Clean Room
• EEE Characterisation Facilities (including AFM, Raman)
• Characterisation Lab
INEX / nanoLAB 

I also manage the USMART Project which is a three year, £1.3M collaboration between Newcastle University, Heriot-Watt University and the University of York to develop affordable technology for large scale, smart wireless sensing networks to be deployed in the oceans, led by Jeff Neasham at Newcastle University in the School of Engineering.

In addition to the above posts, I am the Research Assistant for the "My Virtual World" study in the Institute of Neuroscience which is led by Dr Jeremy Parr. As a researcher in this role, I interview and collect data from families of children with autism throughout a virtual world intervention study.


Current Newcastle University Projects:

EPSRC Funded - eFutures
           Newcastle University
           University of Southampton
           University of Manchester
           Queen's University Belfast
           University of Liverpool
           University of Glasgow

EPSRC Funded - USMARTWebsite:                                 Newcastle University                                 Heriot Watt University                                 University of York                                 Proserv                                 Technip FMC                                 Subsea 7

Newcastle University - nanoLAB and INEX

Autistica Funded - My Virtual World

Previous Newcastle University Projects:

EPSRC Funded - EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices
           Newcastle University
           University of Cambridge
           University of Nottingham
           The University of Sheffield
           University of Bradford
           GTS - Glass Technology Services Ltd
           JRI Orthopaedics Ltd
           Surgical Innovations Limited

Autistica Funded - Autism Spectrum Database-UK Project (ASD-UK) (June 2015 - September 2016)
Autistica Funded - Autism Spectrum, Adulthood and Ageing project (ASC-UK) (June 2015 - September 2016)
Principle Investigator – Dr Jeremy Parr, Consultant Paediatrician and Clinical Senior Lecturer, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University

EU Funded - FP7 Restoration Project (April 2012 - April 2016)
Project co-ordinator - Professor Kenny Dalgarno, Sir James Woodeson Professor of Manufacturing Engineering School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University
            University of Newcastle upon Tyne
            Sagetis Biotech SL
            Orla Protein Technologies LTD
            Karolinska Institutet
            Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associacion
            Universidade de Evora
            Glass Technology Services Limited
            Institut Quimic de Sarria
            Fondazione del Piemonte per l'Oncologia
            JRI Orthopaedics

Arthritis Research UK Funded -Tissue Engineering Centre Project (April 2011 - June 2015)
Website: new website due in 2016 
Principle Investigator - Professor Andrew McCaskie, Cambridge University
            University of Aberdeen
            University of Cambridge
            Keele University
            University of Newcastle upon Tyne
            The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry
            University of York

ERDF Funded - Changing Age for Business (January 2010 - December 2013)
Principle Investigator - Professor Tom Kirkwood, Institute for Ageing and Health
Assistant Director, Changing Age - Graham Armitage
Director of Engagement, Changing Age - Dr Lynne Corner