Scientist Neil Pearson conferred Professor of Practice,


Neil Pearson has been conferred a Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Graduation Ceremony held in Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.


Professor Pearson is a Principle Scientist with over 15 years’ experience creating precision instruments for the non-destructive testing and defect imaging of large steel structures in the petrochemical industry.  As Professor of Practice at UWTSD’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering and with over 20 academic publications to his name, Professor Pearson has successfully supervised a number of industrial academic research programmes at both MSc and PhD level and is currently the industrial supervisor for 3 doctoral students.

Professor Pearson has led the design and development of several leading edge commercial inspection systems that can reduce the risk of environmental impact and maintain safety.  From creating new sensing techniques to remote robotic systems, he is involved in the full range of engineering disciplines and has recently been granted his first patent for a sensing method that is utilised on the flagship product of his employer.

A native of Carmarthenshire, Professor Pearson graduated from Swansea University in 2003 with a 1st class MEng degree in Electronics with Computing Science and began his professional career as a software engineer at ‘Silverwing’, a leading non-destructive testing instrument manufacturer, also located in Swansea. During his employment he continued his education, obtaining an MPhil degree in speech biometrics in 2011 followed by a PhD in magnetics inspection technology in 2015.

After a recent acquisition of Silverwing by Eddyfi Technologies, Professor Pearson is embracing his new role as a principle scientist with the aim of developing new remote imaging, sensing and inspection methods and techniques.

He is a leading technologist in this strategically important industrial sector, providing the industrial lead in a number of collaborative university partnerships, including cutting edge collaborative research and development with the NDT research group at UWTSD.