Principal investigator
  • David Howey Associate Professor

    David Howey PhD MA MEng SMIEEE is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. He received the MEng degree in Electrical and Information Sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2002 and his PhD from Imperial College London, UK, in 2010, on the topic of thermal management of electrical machines. He was appointed to a faculty position at Oxford in 2011. During his doctoral research he pioneered a new electrical method to measure heat flux in electrical machines. As a post-doc at Imperial he developed and patented an impedance-based battery condition monitoring technique and worked on electrically assisted turbochargers. He was an Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London from 2011 to 2014. He is one of the editors of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy and is a member of the Electrochemical Society. He has over 50 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and 3 patents filed and is the recipient of more than £3m in grant funding (share as Co-I/PI) since 2011. This includes a Samsung Global Research Outreach (GRO) award, a number of EPSRC projects and iCASE studentships, an EC FP7 Marie Curie project, and direct funding from industry and KETEP (Korea). At Oxford he teaches a range of topics including electrochemical technology, applied electromagnetism, maths and finance.

Post-doctoral researchers
  • Dr Jorge Varela Barreras

    Jorge’s focus is novel electric vehicle concepts and li-ion battery modeling, simulation, emulation, diagnostics and management. He pursued his PhD in BMS at Aalborg University, Denmark, where he also previously studied power electronics, and electrical engineering at University of Vigo, Spain. When he is not in front of his laptop, he enjoys sailing on the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean and touring with his punk-pop band.

  • Christoph Birkl

    Christoph is working on lithium-ion battery diagnostics after studying Sustainable Energy Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He is convinced that batteries are key to boosting renewable energy technologies. In his spare time he converts food into energy to power his road bike.

  • Adrien Bizeray

    Adrien is looking into lithium-ion battery models for battery management systems. Previously he studied mechanical engineering at Imperial College London and Arts et Métiers ParisTech. He dreams that some day electrochemical models will be used in every electric car.

  • Dr Leong Kit Gan

    Leong Kit is interested in intelligent control of decentralised solar with energy storage systems. Previously, he studied electrical and electronic engineering at Universiti Tenaga Nasional and worked at Altera and Motorola. He pursued his masters and PhD in sustainable energy systems at The University of Edinburgh. Outside of work, he enjoys setting up tricky shots for his opponents in badminton matches.

  • Dr Rob Richardson

    Rob is researching data-driven approaches to battery state of health estimation, with a particular focus on non-parametric Bayesian methods such as Gaussian processes. Previously, he completed a DPhil in Oxford on impedance-based battery temperature monitoring, and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In his free time he enjoys playing Sunday-league football for his beloved Balliol College.

Graduate students
  • Damien Frost

    Damien is researching innovative ways to integrate power electronics into battery systems. In a past life he studied electrical engineering at the University of Toronto and co-founded a power electronics company. When he is not toiling away in the lab, you can find him in lycra on the river.

  • Jorn Reniers

    Jorn is investigating control strategies for grid connected storage, considering both battery degradation and grid services. Before coming to Oxford, he studied energy engineering at KU Leuven (Belgium) and KTH (Sweden). Jorn likes reading and playing the piano in his spare time.

  • Trishna Raj

    Trishna is pursuing her interest in electric vehicles, currently focusing her research on accelerated ageing in lithium-ion batteries. Prior to joining Oxford, Trishna studied electrical and electronic engineering at Heriot Watt University. Trishna is a keen explorer, she has traveled widely and tries to visit more places whenever time permits.

  • Pietro Romanazzi

    Pietro is investigating thermal analysis of electrical machines. Previously, he studied mechanical engineering at Università degli studi di Udine and worked for Danieli in Italy as a Project Manager. He started a D.Phil to fulfil his need for research and to help improve industrial practices (results still to come!). He is a great fan of Udinese.

Project manager
  • Joel Atkin

    Joel studied English at Oxford Brookes University and has broad experience in finance and management, having previously worked in transport, retail and hospitality. Outside of work, he plays guitar and synths, sings in two bands, and co-organizes an annual music festival in his home town of Darley Dale, Derbyshire.

  • Dr Shi Zhao, now working for Citibank in Shanghai, China
  • Dr Baljit Riar, now a post-doc at Utah State University, USA
  • Dr Mahdi Alavi, now a post-doc at Duke University, USA
  • Dr Kostas Gyftakis, now a Lecturer at Coventry University, UK
  • Dr Darren Kavanagh, now a Lecturer at IT Carlow, Ireland

Joining the group

Post-doctoral positions will be advertised via the department’s website.

Applications for graduate study are always welcome, however before making contact, applicants should consider carefully whether their interests are aligned with this group, how their study might be funded, and whether they meet the department and university admissions criteria. Further details may be found at the EPG website.

We are not able to host internship students and will not reply to emails requesting internships.