Prof Hugh McCann

Head of School & Chair in Tomographic Imaging

Email: 

Telephone: 

+44(0)131 6505566

Location: 

Sanderson Building

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Digital Communications

Research Theme: 

  • Tomography
Professor Hugh McCann, Head of School of Engineering and Chair in Tomographic Imaging
Professor Hugh McCann, Head of School of Engineering and Chair in Tomographic Imaging

Biography: 

I was appointed as Head of the School of Engineering, and Professor of Tomographic Imaging, at the University of Edinburgh in 2013.

Having studied Physics as an undergraduate and PhD student at the University of Glasgow, I spent six and a half years working as a post-doctoral researcher in High Energy Particle Physics at Glasgow, Manchester, CERN (Geneva) and DESY (Hamburg).

In my ten years in R&D at the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, I worked in combustion and explosion hazards and lubricant formulation, and was the founding Group Leader of the specialist Engine Measurement group.

I was appointed Professor of Industrial Tomography at UMIST (later to become the University of Manchester) in 1996, becoming Head of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (1999-2002).

I chaired the UK Professors & Heads of Electrical Engineering (2003-2005).

For 3 years (2010-2013), I was Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Manchester.

I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2009.

I have taught most undergraduate year-groups, in measurements, errors, instrumentation electronics and a.c. circuit theory.

My research since 1996 has extended industrial tomography to provide specific chemical contrast in operating engineering plant, and developed electrical impedance tomography for medical applications, collaborating intensively with users in both academia and industry. Today, these topics continue to be my main research interests in Edinburgh, as part of the Agile Tomography research group within the Institute for Digital Communications.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • 1976 Bachelor of Science, 1st, University of Glasgow
  • 1980 Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, University of Glasgow

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

  • 1987 Chartered Physicist, CPhys
  • 2000 Chartered Engineer, CEng
  • 2009 Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, FREng

Research Interests: 

Agile Tomography

My research since 1996 has extended industrial tomography to provide specific chemical contrast in operating engineering plant, and developed electrical impedance tomography for medical applications, collaborating intensively with users in both academia and industry. Today, these topics continue to be my main research interests in Edinburgh, as part of the Agile Tomography research group within the Institute for Digital Communications.

Specialities: 

  • Industrial Tomography
  • Electrical Impedance Tomography