Contact Dr Heather Almond


Dr Heather Almond has over 25 years experience in working with advanced machining techniques and more latterly, has worked within the field of Renewable Energies.

She gained her MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Technology at the then Cranfield Institute of Technology in 1987 and her PhD in Advanced Manufacturing Technology at Cranfield University in 1995. Prior to that, she had worked in industry and academia involved with : Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) superconducting magnets and Photochemical Machining (PCM). After her PhD, she worked in Rapid Prototyping and Manufacture with Nottingham University.

Heather rejoined Cranfield University in 1998 to work with micro-electro discharge machining and PCM and allied techniques (such as electrolytic etching, electroplating, electroless plating and electroforming) of exotic & 'difficult-to-machine' materials. She has lectured on Rapid Prototyping/Manufacture and Non-Conventional Machining and Machining of MEMS and undertaken supervision of MSc and PhD students in related topics. She was the course director for the MSc in Microsystems and Nanotechnology.

Over the last 10 years, she has worked with the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) team, specialising in erosion testing of absorber and receiver surfaces, sol gel technology for absorber tube coatings, soiling/ageing of mirrors, dust barriers, socioeconomic aspects of CSP plant and biomimicry in CSP. She is the deputy course director of the MSc in Renewable Energy, undertaking lecturing and academic supervision.


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