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Andrew Heyes

Professor Andrew Heyes

Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering Office


I am Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. I hail from Wigan and attended the University of Manchester where I obtained a BEng, MSc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to my University studies I spent one year as an undergraduate apprentice with British Aerospace Military Aircraft Division (now part of BAe Systems) and was subsequently sponsored by BAe throughout my UG and PG studies. On completion of my PhD I joined Rolls Royce plc in Derby where I worked in the company’s Strategic Research Centre. After almost three years, in 1995, I moved on to become a lecturer in Thermofluids in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College London. After over eighteen years at IC, in 2013, I moved on to take up the Chair in Energy Technology and Environment in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Leeds. This turned out to be a brief appointment as in 2015 moved north to take the role of Head of Department in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. In four years at Strathclyde I oversaw substantial growth in the Departments research income and a rise to 6th place in the Times Mechanical Engineering subject league table for 2020. Nevertheless, in August 2019 I was tempted away to take up my current role at Hull. I’m honoured to lead the Faculty here, to play a part in its development and help our University and Faculty to provide our students with a world class education and to develop the economy of our region through our research and knowledge exchange.

I now have more than twenty years experience teaching Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer to UG Mechanical Engineers. It has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding parts of my job and student feedback suggests I have more or less got the hang of it. I have also taught elements of jet engine design for a number of years at Imperial, Strathclyde and a couple of universities in China. This experience lead me to become a co-author of the third edition of the book Jet Propulsion published by Cambridge University Press.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Development of an optical thermal history coating sensor based on the oxidation of a divalent rare earth ion phosphor

Yáñez-González, Á., Ruiz-Trejo, E., van Wachem, B., Skinner, S., Beyrau, F., & Heyes, A. (2016). Development of an optical thermal history coating sensor based on the oxidation of a divalent rare earth ion phosphor. Measurement Science and Technology, 27(11), Article 115103.

Thermographic laser Doppler velocimetry

Ojo, A. O., Fond, B., Van Wachem, B. G. M., Heyes, A. L., & Beyrau, F. (2015). Thermographic laser Doppler velocimetry. Optics letters, 40(20), 4759-4762.

Research interests

My PhD concerned the development of laser based flow measurement techniques that can be used to determine the velocity field in supersonic flows – over an aircraft wing for example. Ever since, the development and application of flow diagnostics for extreme environments has remained a strand of my research activity. In particular I have developed techniques for surface and flow temperature measurement using the spectral and temporal luminescent properties of ceramic, so-called, thermographic phosphors. This work has generated to a number of patents and the creation of a spin-out company, now called Sensor Coating Systems ltd, ( which can trace its origins to 2002. SCS offers bespoke measurement services to a wide range of industries and has offices and laboratories in East London.

Another strand of my research concerns energy based industrial symbiosis. To this day the UK, and especially the Humber region, has numerous energy intensive industries and the energy content in the waste heat they reject to the atmosphere far exceeds the nation’s current or foreseeable renewable energy generating capacity. Finding economic and technical means to recovery and reuse this energy could make a substantial contribution both to the economy and our aspirations for a sustainable carbon neutral future. My work concerns identifying potential relationships between companies to form optimised symbiotic energy networks where the waste from one becomes an input to another. This work has been funded by the EU under Horizon 2020 and is encapsulated as part of the SHAREBOX ( tool set.

Postgraduate supervision

Industrial Energy Symbiosis