Professor Andrew Long
Professor Andy Long is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering. In this role he has over-all strategic and operational responsibility for the Faculty and is a member of University Executive Board. Prior to his appointment as PVC in 2015, he served as Executive Dean (2011-15) and Associate Dean for Research (2008-11). He also served as Associate Dean to the Graduate School representing engineering (2007-11).
Andy is also a member of the Executive Management Group for Midlands Innovation, a partnership between Aston, Birmingham, Loughborough, Leicester, Nottingham and Warwick universities.
Andy has a BSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Warwick, an MSc in Computer Integrated Engineering from Loughborough University, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham. He joined the staff at Nottingham in 1990 as a Research Assistant, was appointed lecturer in 1994 and gained promotion to a personal chair in Mechanics of Materials in 2003. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He served as Course Director in Mechanical Engineering (2004-08) and Head of the Polymer Composites Group (2004-08).
Andy is a member of the Composites Leadership Forum, responsible for delivery and development of the UK Composites Strategy, reporting to the UK Government Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and a Director of the Manufacturing Technology Centre, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. He currently serves as external examiner at the University of Surrey for Mechanical, Medical and Aerospace Engineering undergraduate programmes. As chairman of the SAMPE UK & Ireland chapter he has organised several conferences and CPD events on manufacturing with advanced materials.
Teaching and Research Summary
Andy is Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites (CIMComp), leading basic and applied research in composites manufacturing for the UK academic community. He has worked for over 25 years on design and manufacture of advanced polymer composite materials based on glass or carbon fibres, with applications in the aerospace, automotive and wind energy sectors. Key activities have included predictive modelling of composites processing and performance and development of associated materials characterisation techniques. He supervises undergraduate dissertation projects in these areas, and gives lectures on Polymer Engineering to final year students.
Andy has held research grants valued at around £40million, supervised around 30 successful PhD students and 20 post-doctoral research fellows, published 3 textbooks and over 300 papers. In 2006 he was awarded the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Rosenhain Medal for distinguished contribution to materials science, and in 2014 he was elected a SAMPE Fellow for significant contributions in materials and process engineering technology.