Andrew Plummer Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering
Andrew is responsible for the teaching, research and strategic planning of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Professor Andrew Plummer was appointed Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2021. He is a Professor of machine systems with research expertise in motion control systems, servo-hydraulics and mechatronics.
- Director of the Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control.
- piezoelectric valves and pumps
- closed loop controller design
- additive manufacture for hydraulic components
- efficient digital hydraulics
- powered prostheses and orthoses
This person is open to proposals for student research projects
Andrew received his PhD degree from the University of Bath in 1991 for research in the field of adaptive control of electrohydraulic systems. He worked as a research engineer developing flight simulator motion systems before taking up a lecturing post at the University of Leeds.
From 1999 he was global control systems R&D manager for Instron, manufacturers of materials and structural testing systems. Here he developed novel model-based control methods for high performance electrohydraulic test systems. He was appointed as Professor of Machine Systems and Director of the Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control in 2006.
He has chaired the UK Automatic Control Council, the IMechE Mechatronics Informatics and Control Group, and is Chair of the Global Fluid Power Society. He was awarded the 2016 Bramah Medal by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for outstanding achievement tending to advance the science of mechanical engineering.
- BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, 1987
- PhD in Servo-hydraulics, University of Bath, 1991