PHOMME Committee

Chair: Professor Clive Neal-Sturgess , BSc, PhD, CEng, FIMechE, FIM3, FHEA, FRSA

C N-SEmeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham

Clive Neal-Sturgess is the former Director of the University of Birmingham Automotive Safety Centre.  Clive has published over 170 papers, and co-authored three books. His research income is in excess of £6M.  After many years conducting research into Finite Element methods, latterly he has been active is using Continuum damage Mechanics and Entropy methods to predict the outcomes of Blunt Impact Trauma stemming from automotive crashes.  He holds two visiting chairs, at Coventry University and Birmingham City University, and is active within the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Website:

Secretary: Professor Robin Clarke

Robin ClarkeProfessor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ulster

Robin’s research interests encompass Computer Aided Design, Finite Element Analysis, Technology education and Design perceptions.  He is also involved in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, supervising a number of associates involved in Teaching Company and FUSION schemes.

Treasurer: Professor Bill Weston
Bill Weston

Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering, School of Computing & Engineering, University of Huddersfield

Bill Weston joined Huddersfield University as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Systems and retired as Dean of Engineering.  His activities encompassed engineering education through course development and Erasmus and Socrates initiatives, plus research and technology transfer programmes.  His subject specialisms are Engineering Systems and Dynamics and Control.  Bill is still active in project supervision from undergraduate and MSc projects to PhD supervisions.  His research interests focus on the squeeze film effect in hybrid bearings and the use of alternative fuels in ic engines.  Bill also visits India on behalf of the University.