Professor Michael Fernando, Dean of Architecture, Computing and Engineering hosts research seminar


A series of successful lunchtime research seminars has culminated with a talk by Professor Michael Fernando, Dean of UWTSD’s Faculty of Architecture, Computer and Engineering (FACE), who shared his work on early breast cancer detection and concealed weapon detection.

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Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (FACE)

Professor Fernando addressed staff and students at the event at the university’s Mount Pleasant campus on Wednesday, May 16, which was followed by a presentation by Darren Reynolds from the university’s School of Applied Computing and NHS Wales Informatics Service. Mr Reynolds spoke about, ‘The benefits and challenges of achieving full health-record co-production using electronic patient record platforms within NHS Wales.’

The research talks hosted by FACE are open to researchers, students interested in research or staff from any faculty and provide an excellent opportunity to mix, meet and hear about research strategy within schools and industry partners.

Professor Fernando said: “We are passionate about STEM, and very excited about the new purpose-built SA1 Swansea Waterfront development and the opportunities it brings to the faculty. At SA1, the faculty will co-exist and co-create with industrial partners around the development. We will build further on this opportunity to create a Higher Education model that specialises in developing world-class industrial partnerships, excellence in STEM education and facilitates commercialisation and enterprise activities.

“This new model will also serve to re-skill and up-skill the existing Welsh workforce, starting at Swansea. The faculty has the potential to play a key role in sustaining and future-proofing Welsh-based STEM industries.”

Professor Fernando was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering in February 2018. He has a PhD in Microwave Engineering and successfully employed the patented ‘Synthetic Reference Beam Holography’ technique for early breast cancer detection. The project was a joint venture with Cancer Research UK, Wellcome Trust and Northumbria University. 

In 2014, Mike combined his imaging research experience and his passion for sustainable engineering and started working with the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) to help local (North West, UK) farmers with identifying the quality of their wool. Mike won the Global Dimension in Engineering Education (GDEE), European Award for Sustainable Human Development (SHD) in recognition of his innovative design of the portable electronic wool counter in 2015.

Most recently, Mike completed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Innovate UK and Motherwell Tank Gauging (MTG) Ltd. He is currently working on concealed weapon detection using late time responses imaging, wireless power transfer and power line communication. Mike has published in many journals and conferences and delivered keynote speeches at various conferences and institutions. He is a grant reviewer for Cancer Research UK and a book reviewer for Springer Publications.

Professor Fernando is a Chartered Engineer and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to joining the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, he led a multi-disciplinary portfolio of undergraduate programmes offered in the School of Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University. Mike is an experienced engineering academic, academic consultant for transnational education (TNE) and an industrial consultant for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC).

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