Contact Professor Mark Jolly

Areas of expertise

  • Aerospace Manufacturing
  • Advanced Casting Science and Technologies
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Aerospace Materials
  • Sustainable Manufacturing


  • Bachelor of Metallurgy (BMet) from Sheffield University
  • PhD in Metallurgy at Cambridge University CASE Award with International Tin Research Institute (Rapidly Solidified Tin Alloys)
  • 4 years at AE Developments (Tier 1, Automotive components supplier)
  • 2 years in Battelle Research Centre, Geneva Switzerland (Squeeze Cast Fibre Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites 19 clients including, Alcan, Billiton, Isuzu, Fiat, Bohn, Comalco, Baekart, Alusuisse, Zollner and Morgan Ceramics)
  • 2 years at Foseco International Limited, Birmingham (Manager of Light Alloys Technical Development)
  • 5 years at Foseco (FS) Ltd., Tamworth (UK operating company, product group manager for sand products, coatings and technical software)

In 1995, Mark moved to the University of Birmingham to set up and manage the Castings Centre, an add-on to the IRC in Materials for High Performance Applications, and focused on technology and knowledge transfer of research into the global foundry sector. In 1999, he created the Process Modelling Group.

Mark was PI on an EPSRC (EP/G060096/1/2, finished 31st August 2013) project “Saving Energy in the Foundry Sector” (supported by Aeromet, Grainger  & Worrall, NTec, Federal Mogul, TCS & the Cast Metal Federation  (CMF)) and PI for a KTP (KTP008637) in the glass industry focused on redesigning process equipment for lower CO2 and water footprints. He co-authored and was the University of Birmingham lead on a €1.7M FP7 Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) initiative in improving manufacturing in the bio-medical sector targeted at reducing energy and materials with Depuy Johnson & Johnson as the major partner. Since 1999 Jolly has been PI for 10 EPSRC funded grants and CI on 3. He has won funding for 5 KTPs. With his industrial experience and research interest he has strong links with the metal manufacturing sector. In 2008 he won the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers (ICME) Oliver Stubbs Gold Medal for Knowledge Transfer in the Cast Metals Industry and in 2010 the University of Birmingham Josiah Mason Award for Business Advancement. He was awarded an ICME Diploma in 2013 for best paper in the IFTJ, “Energy saving in the foundry industry by using the CRIMSON single shot up-casting process”.

Current activities

Mark's main areas of current research are:

  • Resource efficient manufacturing
  • Process modelling
  • Novel casting processes

Resource efficient manufacturing targets traditional and disruptive processes and aims at reducing the materials usage and energy with the ultimate aim of lowering carbon and water footprints of final components. This has been carried out across biomedical, aerospace, automotive and food & drink sectors. Research funding comes from a range of sources including EPSRC, InnovateUK and commercial organisations.

Process modelling is primarily focused on the application of CFD techniques to simulating liquid materials processes as a support tool for designing for manufacture and materials efficiency. Research on how it can also used as a tool for identifying where surface turbulence during casting leads to reduced quality of final components is also being supported. Both Newtonian and non-Newtonian behaviours are being modelled which means that both liquid metal and polymers can be simulated.

In addition to his research he is Head of the Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre.

Mark is also Co-Director of the EPSRC funded Centre of Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing which is run in collaboration with the Universities of Warwick and Exeter (EP/L016389/1). He is PI for the EPSRC funded “Small is Beautiful” projects (EP/P012272/1 & EP/M013863/1) and a KTP project with Midland Lead Operations Ltd (KTP009855) aimed at improving materials’ efficiency and cutting energy demand in the casting of Pb sheet. He was CoI for Cranfield in the EPSRC CIM in Industrial Sustainability lead by Cambridge (EP/I033351/1).

Mark is a reviewer for European Space Agency ISS programmes and is on the EU Joint Research Centre Eco Management Audit Scheme (EMAS) working group for Metal Fabrication processes.

Mark is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), he sits on IOM3 Council and Industry and Technology Policy Board (ITPB) and is Chair of the IOM3 Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD) Board and sits on the Light Metals, Casting and Solidification and Sustainable Development Group Boards. Mark is also a Fellow of the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers,  a Member of TMS and chaired the TMS Solidification Committee from 2016-2018 and a member of the American Foundry Society. Mark has sat on the EPSRC Peer Review College since 2003.

Mark is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Founders and a Freeman of the City of London.


  • TSB
  • EU
  • GKN
  • Depuy Johnson & Johnson
  • Ford
  • Federal Mogul
  • Aeromet
  • N-Tec
  • TSC
  • KTN
  • Cast Metals Federation (CMF)
  • Glassworks Hounsell
  • JH Richards
  • Grainger & Worrall
  • Midland Lead Operations
  • GKN Hybrid Power
  • Sintercast
  • Tupy
  • Eisenwerk Bruhl
  • Fritz Winter
  • Halberg Guss
  • Photocentric
  • Granta Design
  • Rolls Royce
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises Europe
  • Halcyan 
  • A2C Computing
  • HAL
  • Haddonstone Engineering
  • MK Hospital Trust


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