Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering



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Michael Lowe received a BSc degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1979, and an MSc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College in 1987 and 1993 respectively.  Between 1979 and 1989 he worked for WS Atkins (Consultant Engineers, Epsom, UK), specialising in the application and development of numerical methods for the solution of problems in solid mechanics.  In 1989 he moved to a research position at Imperial College London, was appointed as an SERC Research Fellow in 1992, and onto the academic staff in 1994.

His research is in Non Destructive Testing (NDT), with particular interests in structure-guided ultrasound, wave theory, wave scattering, materials characterisation, and analytical and numerical modelling. His teaching interests are in mechanics, stress analysis, mathematics, vibration, and Finite Element modelling.

He is currently Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

He was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014. He is a director of Guided Ultrasonics Ltd (, a spin-out company which was set up to commercialise the outputs of research in ultrasonic guided waves.  He was the creator of the leading software modelling tool DISPERSE ( which calculates the properties of elastic/sound waves that are guided in structural forms such as plates and pipes. He was a co-founder of the UK Research Centre in Non Destructive Evaulation (RCNDE) which has run since 2003; this is a joint industry-university organisation for coordinating and delivering research in NDE.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Connolly GD, Lowe MJS, Temple JAG, et al., 2009, The application of Fermat's principle for imaging anisotropic and inhomogeneous media with application to austenitic steel weld inspection, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, Vol:465, ISSN:1364-5021, Pages:3401-3423

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