Professor Mike Fernando

Professor Mike Fernando PhD, MSc, BEng, CEng

Dean of the Wales Institute of Science and Art (WISA)

Tel: 01792 481279

My role is primarily concerned with leadership and management of the Institute. I provide strategic direction for the work of the Institute through the next phase of its development.

Professor Fernando was appointed as Dean of the Wales Institute of Science and Art (WISA) in July 2019. Prior to this appointment, Mike served as the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (FACE) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Professor Fernando has a PhD in Microwave Engineering, he successfully employed the patented ‘Synthetic Reference beam Holography’ technique for early breast cancer detection. The project was a joint venture with Cancer Research UK, Welcome trust and Northumbria University. Mike has published in many journals and conferences and delivered keynote speeches in various conferences and institutions.

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).

Mike is passionate about bringing Science and Art together, the Wales Institute of Science & Art (WISA) brings together the former Faculty of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering (FACE) and the Faculty of Art and Design (FAD). WISA also incorporates our performing arts provision, Canolfan Berfformio Cymru (CBC) and the Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV).

The focus of the institute is on developing employment-ready graduates who can be change-makers in their chosen field of study. We CREATE, we INNOVATE, we INSPIRE the next generation of leaders and experts to possess a strong emotional and social conscience to tackle issues on a global stage.

Mike would like to build on this opportunity to create a HE model that specialise in developing world-class industrial partnerships, excellence in creative industries and STEM education and facilitate commercialisation and enterprise activities.

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

  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (MIET)
  • Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council (EngC)
  • Electronic Engineering Design
  • Electronic Systems
  • Professional Design & Practice
  • Electrical Power Transmission
  • Power Electronics
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics
  • Electronic CAD
  • Industrial Process Controllers – Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Data Communication & Transmission Systems
  • Radio Frequency Communication Systems
  • Silicon Design
  • Laser Physics

Biomedical Research (2005 – 2014): Synthetic Reference Beam Holography is a patented technique for imaging applications. I researched the possibility of using this novel technique for breast cancer detection. I was involved in presenting the results of breast cancer detection in 3D, so that medical practitioners can identify the location of the malignant tissue (whether it is close to chest or nipple) without the need for a biopsy. The project was funded by Cancer Research UK, Wellcome Trust and Leverhulme Trust.

Security & Imaging Research (2012 – 2018): My research project in this field involves the use of Late Time Response (LTR) for concealed threat detection. Published results have shown that it is possible to use the LTR technique to detect and discriminate both single objects isolated in air and multiple objects present within the same environment. These detection systems will find their application in transport hubs such as airports and ferry terminals; also, the range in these detection systems will allow their use in event security such as G8 summit etc. This project is funded by the Ministry of Defence, Home Office and MMU.

Sustainable Engineering(2014 – Current) In 2014, through my imaging research experience and passion for sustainable engineering, I started working with the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) to help local (North West) farmers with identifying the quality of their wool. In 2015, I won the Global Dimension in Engineering Education (GDEE), European Award for Sustainable Human Development (SHD). I received this award for my innovative design of the portable electronic wool counter. I am the budget holder and resource manager for this project. My sustainable engineering research is recognised internationally and I won the Newton Al-Farabi Fund in 2016. My recent work in this field took me to Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2016, where I was invited by the British Council as one of 16 UK experts in sustainable engineering to help Kazakhstani counterparts in identifying priorities to shape their government policies in sustainable engineering.

Wireless Power Transfer & Power Line Communication (2016 – Current): My recent research projects are in the area of Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) and Power Line Communication (PLC). I am looking into ways of reducing the WPT systems using resonant inductors. Initial results show the reduction in size can be obtained through two loop strongly resonant inductors without compromising the efficiency. The PLC project looks at the energy efficiency of Vector OFDM systems.

External Examiner (2017 – Current): I am the engineering subject external examiner for Staffordshire University’s International collaborative provision with Asia Pacific University (APU) Malaysia.

External Examiner (2014 – 2018): I am the engineering, computing & technology subject external examiner for Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Book Reviewer (February 2016 – Current): I work as a book proposal reviewer for Springer Publications on their Engineering topics

Grant Reviewer (January 2016 – Current): I work as a grant reviewer for Cancer Research UK.

Journal Technical Reviewer (2013 – 2018): I work as the technical reviewer for the International Journal in Electrical Engineering Education (IJEEE) based at University of Manchester and for the International Journal for Light and Electron Optics, Elsevier publications.

Visiting Academic (2012 – 2014): I have delivered lectures and been invited to speak at our partner institutions in South East Asia. Two of most recent speaking engagements were at Thai Nguyen University (TNU), Vietnam and HELP College of Art and Technology, Malaysia.

External Subject Specialist (2013): I acted as the external subject specialist for University of Greenwich in their course validation event for BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronics Engineering at SBCS Trinidad campus in 2013.

Conference Technical Reviewer (2008 – 2010): I worked as a technical reviewer for Communication Systems Network and Digital Signal Processing (CSNDSP)

Electro-Magnetic Compatibility Consultant (2011-2012): I was an EMC consultant at Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC), Malaysia. This involved conducting and organising short courses and participating in the committee with other Subject Matter Experts SMEx.

Microwave Consultant (2009): At Northumbria University I did consultancy work for a Chinese antenna company, which involved increasing the gain of a mobile satellite antenna by 0.5dB. The antenna had the ability to do Up/Down link communication. We proposed a change in the receiver antenna array to obtain this increase in gain.

KTP Project Lead (2015 – 2018): I lead a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with Innovate UK and Motherwell Tank Gauging (MTG) Ltd. The project aims to bring the latest academic thinking and skills to deliver a specific innovative product for MTG. The project developed an “intelligent” and versatile set of electronic systems and associated software to provide effective tank gauging and protection to enhance MTG’s product range and accelerate business growth.

Latest Papers – Subject Research

  1. M Rozman, K Rabie, A Ikpehai, B Adebisi, M Fernando, “Smart Wireless Power Transmission System For Autonomous EV Charging”, IEEE Access PP(99), April 2019
  2. Bamidele A, Kelvin A, Khaled R, Augustine I, M Fernando and A Wells, “A New Approach to Peak Threshold Estimation for Impulsive Noise Reduction over Power Line Fading Channels” IEEE Systems Journal, DOI.10.1109/JSYST.2018.2808230, February 2018
  3. Matjaz R, Fernando M, Bamidele A, Khaled R, Collins T,  Kharel R and Augustine I, “A New Technique for Reducing Size of a WPT system using Two-Loop Strongly- Resonant Inductors” Energies Journal 10(10):1614 October 2017 – SNIP: 1.053
  4. Augustine I, Bamidele A, Khaled R, M Fernando and Andrew W, “Energy-Efficient Vector OFDM PLC Systems with Dynamic Peak-Based Threshold Estimation”, IEEE Access, Vol: PP, no.99, pp.1-1, May 2017 – SNIP: 1.927
  5. Matjaz R, Fernando M, Bamidele A, Khaled R and Rupak K, “Combined Conformal Strongly- Coupled Magnetic Resonance for Efficient Wireless Power Transfer” Energies Journal 10(4):498, April 2017 – SNIP: 1.053
  6. Nandi P, Hutchinson S and Fernando M, “Multi Object Concealed Threat Detection by Late Time Response Analysis” 16th IEEE Mediterranean Microwave Symposium, DOI: 10.1109/MMS.2016.7803848, Nov 2016
  7. M Fernando, K Busawon and D Smith, “Analysis of the Novel 3-Parameter model for Microwave Antennas in Lossy Medium”, International journal of Pharma Medicine and Biological Sciences IJPMBS,  2014
  8. S. Hutchinson, M. Fernando, D. Andrews, S. Harmer, and N. Bowring, "Investigation of the CLEAN deconvolution method for use with Late Time Response analysis of multiple objects," Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 9252, DOI: 10.1117/12.2067288, September 2014.
  9. S. Hutchinson, M. Fernando, D. Andrews, S. Harmer, S. Sigurnjak, and N. Bowring, "Late Time Response Analysis for the Discrimination of Multiple Simulated Objects in Concealed Threat” International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks and Digital Signal Processing, CSNDSP 2014, vol. 9th July 2014.
  10. S Hutchinson,  M Fernando, D Andrews, S Harmer, and N Bowring, "Investigation of Late Time Response Analysis for Detection of Multiple Concealed Objects," SPIE Security and Defence Conference, Dresden, 2013
  11. S Hutchinson,  M Fernando, D Andrews, S Harmer, and N Bowring, "Investigation of LTR Analysis for Concealed Object Detection," Science and Engineering Day, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2012
  12. M Fernando, K Busawon and D Smith, “Fundamental Issues with Antennas in Microwave Medical Imaging”, 7th IEEE,IET International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks and Digital Signal Processing, Newcastle, UK, July 2010

Education Action Research

  1. Fernando M and Velusamy, V, “Empowering Engineering students Through Global Learning Experience”, 4th  Cyprus International Conference on Educational Research, CY-ICER, Kyrenia, Cyprus: March, 2015
  2. Fernando M and Ekpo. S, “A Review of Incorporating Live Projects into the Engineering Curriculum at the Manchester Metropolitan University”, 4th Cyprus International Conference on Educational Research, CY-ICER, Kyrenia, Cyprus: March, 2015.
  3. C Boyd, Fernando M, A Langdown and V Vargas, “Sustainable Wool Processing Developed with the Academic Curriculum”, Procedia Journal of Social and Behavioural Sciences, 2015
  4. Fernando M and Fowler M., Direct Entrants Integration at Engineering Induction. International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education (IJEEE), 2014
  5. Fernando M, Simmons L., and Fowler M., Internationalising the Curriculum at Induction. Higher Education Academy, STEM Conference, 2014.
  6. Simmons L., Fernando M, and Fowler M, Successfully introducing a common first year through multi-disciplinary project work. Higher Education Academy, STEM Conference, 2014.
  7. Fernando M, MMU's Engineering Without Borders Challenge 2013, in Learning Matters 2014, Manchester Metropolitan University: Manchester.
  8. Fernando M, Internationalising the Curriculum, in Good Practice Exchange, CELT, Editor 2014, Manchester Metropolitan University
  9. Fernando M, “Benefits of Research and its impact on Teaching” HEA- FE Scholarly Activity and Research Conference, 2011.

IET Accreditor (2016 – Current): I am one of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) accreditors. My role involves reviewing the submission documentation, preparing discussion topics, and visiting and evaluating the resources of institutions seeking professional accreditation from IET.

IET Academic Accreditation Committee (AAC 2019 - Current):  I’m recently invited to the AAC with the IET. As a committee member, I chair accreditation visits and other associated activities and produce the reports for these (in conjunction with the rest of the visiting panel and allocated IET staff member). The AAC has been delegated by Membership and Professional Development Board and Registration and Standards Committee, to develop, implement and review policies and procedures for the accreditation of academic programmes that either contribute to, or satisfy, the current and future educational requirements for Chartered and Incorporated Engineers, taking into account the current and future needs of the industry.

TechHub Swansea (2018 – Current): TechHub is a global community for tech entrepreneurs and startups. I sit on the board of directors of the TechHub Swansea as an investment director. We work exclusively with tech product startups and scale-ups by understanding the process they go through and the needs they have at each stage. We support startups across all stages of their development - from ideation to exit.

Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC 2018 - Current): I sit on the board of the EPC as Co-opted member and Welsh Representative. The Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC) is the representative body for engineering in higher education.  Our primary purpose is to provide a forum at which engineers working in UK higher education can exchange ideas about engineering education, research and other matters of common interest and to come together to provide an influential voice and authoritative conduit through which engineering departments’ interests can be represented to key audiences such as funders, influencers, employers, professional bodies and Government.