Dr Shpend Gerguri

Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design

Profile

Shpend is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design and subject coordinator for BEng/MEng Automotive and Mechanical engineering fields. He has several years of experience in managing academic projects in the area of product design from conception to completion. Over the years Shpend has been responsible for Engineering Design themes in the fields of automotive, motorsport and mechanical engineering, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (MEMS) at Oxford Brookes University.

Shpend is experienced in managing consultancy and contract testing projects for various local and national companies through the Stress and Materials Testing group. Shpend has also served as an Academic Knowledge Base supervisor in two TSB funded Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) in the area of product design. One of the major projects Shpend has led is the Bamboo Bike Project that was funded by HEIF 5.

His research interest are in the area of inventive problem solving, design of bicycles and ride comfort, applications for sustainable materials and their unique damping properties.

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Mechanical/Automotive Engineering Design (U04526 & U04527)
  • Group Design Study (U04586, U04587 & U04597)
  • MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design (P04733)
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering Design Project (P04794)

Research Interests:

Engineering Design, Materials, Simulation and Modelling

  • Application of Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) in Engineering Design
  • Investigation of damping properties of natural materials on bicycle ride comfort
  • Investigation and design of disbondable modular bicycle frames
  • Bamboo bike development, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) http://mems.brookes.ac.uk/research/sei/bamboobike.html)

Knowledge Transfer Activities:

  • Various contract testing and consultancy projects with local and national companies (e.g Siemens Magnet Technology) within Oxfordshire, delivering Results and Technical Reports on time and budget.
  • Willans KTP: Academic Knowledge Base supervisor for the KTP partnership between OBU and Willans Stockbridge racing, sponsored by the TSB (£140k) for the development of innovative range of on-board fire suppression systems for motorsport use and embed a capability for on-going new product development and design.
  • CMS KTP: Academic Knowledge Base supervisor for the KTP partnership between OBU and CMS Industries, sponsored by the TSB (£164k) for the development of product design department and embed a capability for on-going new product developments and design such as the air-charge (http://www.air-charge.com/).
  • Bamboo Bike: Academic Lead in a HEIF 5 funded project to develop a bamboo bike. The project was delivered on time and on budget. It generated significant publicity for the University, e.g. BBC interviews (local and world news services) and various national and local newspapers, and resulted in a Patent and a commercially licensed product (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15198952). Further information: http://mems.brookes.ac.uk/research/sei/bamboobike.html
  • Modular Bicycle frame: Academic partner in a TSB funded project with RawStudio UK as an industrial partner. The aim of the project was to develop a disbondable bicycle frame which was delivered on time and on budget (£22.5k).
  • Presented to MPs at a select Committee (Business, Innovation and Skills Committee) in June 2014 due to the involvement with KTPs, as part of the inquiry into Business-University Collaboration (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmbis/249/249.pdf.)

Excellence in Teaching:

Successfully supervised five students whose projects went on to win, on three occasions, the coveted IMechE “Best Project Certificate”, the departmental “Best Project Certificate” and the Media Technology “Best Project” prize respectively.

External Activities:

External Examiner for the Foundation Programmes in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University, UK.

Patents:

Publication No. WO2013017872A1
Patent Application No. PCT/GB2012/051856
Applicant(s): Oxford Brookes University
Title: Method of Joining Wooden Materials and Products made by the Method
Filing date: 3rd August 2011
Publication date: 7th February 2013
Inventors: Shpend Gerguri, Hayden Krause, James Broughton

Publications:

(i) Journal publication(s)/conference and symposium attendance

Gerguri, S., Moretti, M., and Neighbour , G., The use of the theory of inventive problem solving for the design optimization of 3D structural printed parts. J. Appl. Mech. Eng., 5, [3], http:dx.doi.org/10.4172/2168-9873.C1.002, Berlin, 2016.

Durodola JF, Fellows N, Winfield P, Gerguri S and Maruyama B, Continuously Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites. In: Saleem Hashmi (editor-in-chief), Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering. Oxford: Elsevier; 2016. pp. 1-26.

Thite A.N., Gerguri S., Coleman F., Doody M., Development of an experimental methodology to evaluate the influence of a bamboo frame on the bicycle ride comfort. International Journal of Vehicle Mechanics and Mobility, April (51) 1287-1304, 2013.

Gerguri, S., Problem based learning in Engineering Design, 4th Learning and Teaching Symposium, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, 2006. Gerguri, S., Durodola, J. F., Hutchinson, A. R., and Dickerson, T., Application of Novozhilov’s brittle fracture criterion for failure prediction of adhesively bonded joints, 12th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, Bari, Italy, pp.282-283, 2004.

Gerguri, S., F., Fellows, L. J., Durodola, J. Hutchinson, A. R., and Dickerson, T., Predicition of Brittle Failure of Notched Graphite and Silicon Nitride bars, BSMM Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics, York, UK, pp.113-120, 2004.

Gerguri, S., Hodson, L. F., 3D CAD Teaching Aid in WebCT module, 3rd Biennial Brookes staff e-learning Conference, Oxford, UK, p.4, 2004. Gerguri, S., F., Fellows, L. J., Durodola, J. Hutchinson, A. R., and Dickerson, T., Predicition of Brittle Failure of Notched Graphite and Silicon Nitride bars, BSMM Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics, York, UK, pp.113-120, 2004.

Gerguri, S., Durodola, J. F., Hutchinson, A. R., and Dickerson, T., Failure Prediction of Adhesively Bonded Joints based on Novozhilov’s Brittle Fracture Criterion, International Materials Research Congress XII, Abstract Proceedings published, Cancun, Mexico, 2003.

Gerguri, S., Durodola, J. F., Hutchinson, A. R., and Dickerson, T., Prediction of failure of notched graphite bars, Progress in Structural Mechanics, eds. J Morton & F Paris, University of Seville, pp. 1-9, 2000.

(ii) Invited Speaker

Gerguri, S., Broughton, J., ‘Future of Cycling’ Edinburgh International Science Festival, Royal National Museum, Edinburgh, March 30th 2013.

Gerguri, S., Broughton, J., ‘Academics Ride High on Grass: A Bamboo Bike Revival’ Institute of Engineering and Technology, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, February 13th 2013.

Broughton, J., Gerguri, S., A Bamboo bike revival: Back to the Future, SAMPE UK & Ireland ‘on track for success’, Cranfield University, February 23rd 2012.

(iii) Other

S Gerguri and J Broughton referred to in a published textbook entitled Bicycle Design, an Illustrated History by Tony Hadlands and Hans-Erhard Lessing, MIT, May 2014.

Dr Shpend Gerguri

CONTACT US

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Oxford Brookes University
Wheatley Campus
Wheatley
OXFORD OX33 1HX
United Kingdom

sgerguri@brookes.ac.uk