Cummins Innovation Centre



Electrical Machines Board


Role of the Electrical Machines Board

The Faculty has teamed up with the Cummins Advisory Council to establish the Electrical Machines Advisory Board. This strategic advisory board will provide the Centre with access to a team of world-leading experts who will help advise on the direction of future expansion and development of the Centre.

 We are so pleased to have established the Cummins Advisory Council which embraces a remarkable team of individuals, all of whom have excelled at the highest level in the field of Electrical Machines. Having such a noteworthy team supporting the Innovation Centre places us in a leading position on the global stage for the development of tomorrow’s electrical machines. In fact we have probably now assembled the most distinguished electrical machines group anywhere


Neil Brown
Director of Advanced Machines

Council members

Prof J F Eastham

Prof Eastham is an Emeritus Professor at Bath University where he has been Dean and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He is a Fellow of the IET, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was a director of the Mycalex Group Company and the recipient of an IEE Achievement Award. Professor Eastham’s general field of interest is in machines and magnetics.  He has 160 published papers and 38 granted patents. He is currently active in the analysis and design of magnetic systems for MR imaging, wind turbine generators and large rotating and linear machines.


Prof Timothy J E Miller

TJE Miller was, until recently, Professor of Electrical Power Engineering and founder and Director of the SPEED Consortium at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.  He is the author of over 200 publications in the fields of motors, drives, power systems and power electronics, with ten books including Design of Brushless Permanent-Magnet Machines with J.R. Hendershot, Jr.  He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE’s Nikola Tesla Award in 2008.


Prof Ed Spooner

During his career, Prof Spooner has published more than 150 technical papers and has been the inventor of numerous patents. He led the electrical power and control group at the University of Durham and established the Durham Centre for Energy Research. For the last 6 years he has worked mostly with an Irish company, Open Hydro, developing a novel tidal-current turbine generator and its associated systems. This has required the construction of what is among the world’s largest electrical machines that must operate fully immersed in sea water.


Prof Stephen Williamson

Prof Williamson is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Surrey.  Steve is the author of around 150 scientific papers, for which he has been awarded seven IEE Premiums. He is a Fellow of the IET, the IEEE, and the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was the recipient of an IEE Achievement Medal in 2000, and of the IEEE’s Nikola Tesla Award in 2001. He has worked extensively with UK industry, been a Technical Director with Brook Crompton and currently a non-executive director of Tesla Ltd and chair of Rolls-Royce’s Electrical, Control Systems and Electronics Systems Advisory Board.  He is chair of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Sub-Panel for REF2014.


Dr N L Brown

Neil has worked for Cummins for the last 18 years and is currently Director of Advanced Electrical Machines Research and Technology. While at Cummins Neil has held various roles including; Applications Engineer, Electromagnetic Design Engineer, Research Manager, Chief Engineer for Stamford Products and Chief Engineer Research and Technology.  He is author of over 60 publications, named inventor of 11 patents, a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IET, and a member of the steering committee for the IET PEMD conference. 


Prof Chris Gerada

Prof Gerada has been active in the Power Electronics Machines and Drives (PEMC) research group at the University of Nottingham for over 10 years, first as a student and subsequently progressing into academia taking a Chair in Electrical Machines in ‘13.  His main area of research is electrical machines and drives and he works closely with a range of industrial partners.  He currently holds a RAEng Senior Research Fellowship and is director of the Cummins Innovation Centre.


Dr Michael Galea 

Dr Galea has been active in the field of electrical machines and drives for almost 10 years. He is a Lecturer in Electrical Drives in the University of Nottingham and is also the Deputy Director of the Institute for Aerospace Technology, which is hosted within the University. He also holds a lectureship in Aerospace Systems Integration. Dr. Galea is the Research Director of the Cummins Innovation Centre, working with the Director to ensure the excellency and success of the Centre. His main research interests include design and development of electrical drives and design and thermal management of electrical machines.





Cummins Innovation Centre

Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Contact: Prof Chris Gerada
Telephone: +44 (0)115 846 6117