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Dr Saurav Goel

Dr Saurav Goel

Lecturer, School of Transport, Aerospace and Manufacturing

Cranfield University


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 ( Also, he has partnered with the world leading industry in solar renewable energy systems to secure a £215k industrial project to work on improving the silicon wafer fabrication process. Very recently, he has successfully applied for 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).

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.

In his early career, his PhD thesis titled “An atomistic investigation on the nanometric cutting mechanism of hard, brittle materials” resulted in 15 International Journal Papers and an award of Postgraduate Research Thesis Prize from the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences of HWU. Based on this, he was selected to present his research poster at the SET for Britain Exhibition in the Engineering section held at the House of Commons in March 2013 where he showcased his research on wear of hard, brittle materials using the molecular dynamics simulation technique. Also, it was during this time that Heidenhain Gmbh awarded a student scholarship to him to attend the 13th EUSPEN International Conference (world’s biggest conference in precision engineering) at Berlin, Germany whereby he had the chance to meet many pioneers in the field of precision machining. Towards PhD completion in 2013, he secured an award of John Moyce Lessells Scholarship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh enabled him to work directly with the world leader in Precision Engineering at Keio University, Japan. This visit was highlighted in the Newsletter of Scotland’s National Academy (Issue No. 42, Spring 2014 edition) and also resulted in four joint publications.

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. Recently, he has finished Post Graduate certification in higher education and teaching and Chartered Engineer from IMechE and additionally he is member representative on the IET, Tribology team.


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