Professor Jill Stewart

Professor Jill Stewart

Professor Jill Stewart has joined the #iTrend programme at the University of Derby  as Research Chair Systems Modeling and Optimisation working with @ProfPaulStewart

Jill’s research interests centre around model reduction and meta modelling; in particular the implementation of heuristics for multi-objective optimisation using standard analytical modelling codes (Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis) as the evaluation phase.  This approach has found diverse applications from optimising fuel-air mixing process in gas-turbine and dual-fuel reciprocating engines to the reduction of vibrations in complex drive-trains.  Jill has been involved in a series of EU funded projects optimising propulsion systems for novel aircraft, and was also part of an international team using mathematical modelling techniques to probe the consequences of climate change within semi-arid ecosystems.

Jill has attracted over £1.8M in research funding and is the author of more than 40 publications and 5 invited lectures.  She has won numerous awards including the Charles Sharpe Beecher Prize for the best aerospace paper of 2010.

Jill is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Professional Affiliations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Recognition Reference PRO55542)   Since 2013
Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Registration Number 801267010)   Since 2011
Member of the Institution of Diesel and Gas Turbine Engineers (Registration Number 2968)   Since 2011

Current Appointments

Research Professor in Systems Modelling and Optimisation, University of Derby   Since 2017

Previous Appointments

Professor of Engineering, Head of Engineering, Mathematics & Physics, Sheffield Hallam University   2014 – 2016
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Founding Head of Mechanical Engineering and Acting Head of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Chester   2013 – 2014
Director of Teaching then Head of Engineering, Senior Lecturer then Reader in Thermofluids, School of Engineering University of Lincoln   2009 – 2013
EPSRC Research Fellow (Aircraft Energy Recovery Systems with Airbus and EADS Innovation Works), Department of Computing, Science and Engineering University of Salford   2009
NERC Research Fellow (Modelling Erosion in Dryland Ecosystems with USGS and UCLA), Sediment Systems Group, Department of Geography University, University of Sheffield   2006 – 2009
EPSRC Research Associate (Zero Constraint Free Piston Energy Converter with Lotus Engineering), Auto-Propulsion Group, Department of Automotive and Aeronautical Engineering Loughborough University   2005 – 2006
Research and Development Engineer, Lister-Petter UK   2001 – 2003
Industrial Intern, British Gas Technology Ltd   2000
Technician then Releaser/Scheduler, Caterpillar (UK) Plc   1995 – 1997
Engineering Technician, Johnsons (Chopwell) Ltd   1994 – 1995



Research Grants and Contracts as Principle Investigator

Equality Challenge Unit: Increasing diversity: recruiting students from underrepresented groups   2016 – 2018
Sitabit Ltd: FEA Analysis of Novel Hinge Mechanism (Consultancy) £8,373 2013
Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd: Advanced Diagnostic and Mitigation Techniques for Imbalance and Failure in Rotating Equipment £1,000,000 2013-2018
Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd: Theoretical and Experimental Investigation into Shaft Dynamics £285,000 2011 – 2013
HE STEM: Developing Graduate’s Employability Skills Through Industry Led Touch-Points £13,000 2011 – 2012
KTP with Napier Turbochargers: Aerodynamics Design of a Novel Wide Operating Map Compressor £158,000 2011 – 2014
Alternative Green Heating and iNet: Performance Evaluation of Infra-red Heating Device £4,000 2011
Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd: Fundamental Studies into Atmospheric Combustion Processes £295,000 2010 – 2012
Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd: Evaluation of Shaft Vibrations (Consultancy) £10,000 2010
Glen Farrow Ltd and iNet: Investigation of a New Biomass Combustion System £20,360 2010
Deutz Diesel GMbH: Review of HCCI Technology for Industrial Engines (Consultancy) £15,000 2005
Lister-Petter (UK) Ltd: Variable Speed Genset Project (Consultancy) £15,000 2004

Research Grants and Contracts as Co-Investigator

EPSRC Smart Active Footbed for Wound Prevention and Management (EP/N026985/1) £57,952 2018-2019
EU Framework 7: ACHEON – Thrust Vectoring for Advanced UAVs £90,000 2012 – 2014
Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd:  Laser Ignition for DLE Combustion Equipment £240,000 2012-2013
JISC: MRD Orbital Project £241,505 2011 – 2013
Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd: Remote Monitoring, Prognostics and Diagnostics of Gas Turbines £540,000 2010-2013
NERC: New Generation Erosion Models and their Parameterisation £980,000 2009 – 2011
TSB Low Carbon Technology Call: Integrated Transport Operations £1,000,000 2005 – 2008
Lotus Engineering: HCCI Feedback Control Signal Interpretation through Artificial Neural Networks.  (Consultancy within an EPSRC Project) £100,000 2005 – 2006
Lubrisol: DI Engine Performance and Emissions Characteristics with biodiesel fuels. (Consultancy) £20,000 2004

Other External Income Generation

HEFCE: Engineering Conversion Course Pilot Scheme £98,000 2016
HEFCE: STEM Teaching Capital Funding £4,980,00 2015 – 2016
SFA: Higher Apprentice Funding £1,680,000 2015
HEFCE: Postgraduate Support Scheme £1,100,720 2013
RGF4: Catalyst for Growth £12,253,000 2013
HEFCE: Capital Equipment Grant £479,445 2005

Representative Research Peer Review

Proceedings of the IMechE Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
Proceedings of the IMechE Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering
International Journal of Automation and Computing
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Editorial Board for Machines
Editorial Board for the AETN monographs (Springer)

Representative PhD Examinations

Ian Keeling Heat Transfer in a Novel Stirling Engine: A Modelling and Experimental Study   2016-2020
Richard Allarton Evaluation Methods For Regional Engineering Resource Efficiency   2012-2020
Famous Okhuahesogie A Novel Design Methodology for Turbocharger Compressor Impellers   2016
Graham Knowles Investigation of Novel Method of Balancing High-Speed Rotating Shafts   2016
Anthony Kirk Investigation and Modelling Study of High-Speed Shaft Dynamics   2016
Martin Fuchs Cavitation Modelling in Industrial Applications using Computational Fluid Dynamics   2014
Festus Agbonzikilo Optimisation of Fuel Air Mixing Processes in Gas Turbines   2014


Representative Curriculum Design, Development, Implementation and Accreditation

Accreditation of 4 courses (3 UG and 1 PGT) with the BCS   2016
Redesign and approval of 38 taught courses to comply with new Academic Awards Framework at Sheffield Hallam University   2015
Accreditation of 4 courses (1 UG and 3 PGT) with the IMA, CILT and CIPS   2015
Accreditation of 14 courses (4 PGT, 9 UG and 1 FdEng) with the IMechE   2015
Accreditation of 19 courses (7 PGT, 10 UG and 2 FdEng) with the IET   2014
Design and validation and accreditation (IoP) of BSc Natural Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnology) and co-design of new joint honours programmes (also including Mathematics and Computer Science   2013
Design and validation of BEng (3yr) and MEng (4yr) Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering   2012
Design and validation of MSc (1 yr) in Sustainable Power and Energy Engineering   2011
Design and validation of International Year One and Year Zero (Engineering) and BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering with English, and Pre-Masters Programme   2011
Design, validation and accreditation (IMechE) of BEng (Full and Part Time) and MEng (4yr) Mechanical Engineering, with specialist streams in Power and Energy, and Control Systems   2010

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching

Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, CFD, FEA, Solid Body Mechanics, Dynamics and Control (BEng and MEng Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering)
Drylands Geomorphology and Wetlands Geomorphology (BSc Physical Geography)
Combustion and Fuels, Turbomachinery Balance of Plant, Machines in Sustainable Power and Energy (MSc Sustainable Power & Energy Engineering)
IC Engines (MSc Automotive Engineering, MEng and BEng Automotive Engineering)
Thermofluids (MSc Civil Engineering)
Microprocessor Applications (MSc Mechatronics and BEng/MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering)

Professional Activities

Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Academic Standards Committee   Since 2016
Board Member National HS2 College   Since 2015
Board of Governors, Sheffield UTC   Since 2014
Member of the Engineering Council Joint Accreditation Board   Since 2014
Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Academic Standards Panel   Since 2013
Institutional Liaison for the Engineering Professors Council (University of Lincoln, University of Chester and Sheffield Hallam University)   2011- 2016
Athena Swan Central SAT and Faculty/College Champion (University of Lincoln, University of Chester and Sheffield Hallam University)   2011 – 2016
Judging Panel for Women in Science and Engineering’s annual Research Prize   Since 2010
Member of IMechE and IET regional committee (Lincoln)   2009 – 2013
Chair of Special Session on Complex Networks in Signal Processing and Communication Systems, IET 8th International Symposium CSNDSP   18th-20th July 2012
Panel Member New Engineering Council   2011- 2014
Institutional Member of the Deans of Engineering Alliance   2010 – 2014
Board of Governors, Siemens UTC   2012-2013
Lincoln University Technical College Steering Group   2011-2013
University of Lincoln/Siemens Engineering Steering Group   2009-2013


Sheffield Hallam University Vice Chancellors Research Scholarship   2016
Sheffield Hallam University Inspirational Teacher Award   2015 & 2016
Winner: Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative   2012
Winner: University of Lincoln’s Annual Research Prize   2012
Siemens Power and Energy UK University Principal Partner Status   2012
Winner: Lord Stafford Award for Open Collaboration   2011
Winner: IMechE Charles Sharp Beecher Prize for Aerospace   2011
IET Team Award – Highly Commended   2010 & 2011
IMechE James Clayton Prize – Finalist   2010
BA Festival of Science – Perspectives Finalist   2004
Winner: SET for Britain – Science and Technology Prize   2003