Areas of expertise


Dr Saurav Goel is a Lecturer (fast track) and an early career investigator in the School of Transport, Aerospace and Manufacturing at Cranfield University. He started his academic journey in 2013 as a Lecturer at Queen’s University of Belfast upon graduating from Heriot-Watt University (HWU), UK in the same year.

He has a distinct academic research record as he has worked progressively over the years by developing the skill sets and knowledge on the deformation mechanics of hard, brittle materials via multiscale simulation methods and cutting edge experiments. Concerning these areas, he has published invited and solo-authored authoritative review articles in top 1% quartile journal in manufacturing. In the recent time, he is leading a major working group in a European Cost Action project funded by the Horizon 2020 ( Recently, he has successfully applied for a joint funding (US-Ireland Preparation Grant), and submitted a major tri-partite proposal of worth $1.6M, NSF (USA), SFI (Ireland), Department of Economy (Northern Ireland).

Current activities

Over the years, he has expanded his research beyond traditional academic boundaries and he is now supervising PhD student in other research areas such as, layer by layer assembly (LbL) processes for biomedical applications, thermal spraying processes, finite element simulation of hard turning processes and nanoindentation and nanoscratching studies. He is among the first to publish results using long range potential functions and his contributions in the field of Si and SiC machining are considered novel. Saurav is keen to build a strong research focus team at Cranfield dedicated to solve couple of major ultra-precision engineering issues.

Dr. Goel has also been very passionate about teaching evident by his nomination for the best teaching award in his very first year of teaching at QUB, Belfast. Additionally, he has delivered a short term crash course on the topic “Ultra-precision engineering” at IIT Guwahati, India under the initiative of “GIAN” funded by Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India.



Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Zhao J, Giusca C & Goel S (2018) Manufacturing uncertainty during micromachining: Case study on OFHC copper (Extended abstract). In: 18th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (EUSPEN), Venice, 4-8 June 2018.
  • Goel S, Rashid WB, Mir A, Zeng S, Sun J & Luo X (2013) Development of the surface defect machining method for micro/nano scale material removal processes. In: 13th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering & Nanotechnology, Berlin, 27 May 2013.
  • Goel S, Luo X, Stukowski A & Reuben RL (2012) Influence of nanoparticle coolant and crystal structure of the workpiece during nanometric cutting of silicon carbide. In: 12th International EUSPEN Conference, Stockholm, 4-7 June 2012.