The University’s Professor Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang FREng has been appointed as the Royal Academy Engineering/Renishaw Chair in Precision Metrology.
Over the next five years, Professor Jiang’s research at the University of Huddersfield will support the future of manufacturing by developing new precise measurement tools for use in increasingly smart automated factory environments.
The Chair is jointly sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Renishaw, a highly successful UK engineering company that has carried out world-leading research in precision engineering.
Professor Jiang will undertake research inspired by the real demands and uses of the manufacturing industry, with a particular focus on metrology – the precise measurement and verification of items passing through the production process.
Professor Jiang’s research will bring together modern mathematics and optics to create sensor hardware and bespoke software, with a new approach to hierarchical design and metrology. Building on her experience in the automotive industry and over 20 years’ research in measurement science, the new research funding will enable Professor Jiang to develop the technology that will form the backbone of autonomous manufacturing infrastructure over the next 30 years.
Professor Jiang said: “Under this research sponsorship, the next generation of embedded metrology technologies will be explored, generated and then integrated into manufacturing systems and platforms. It will facilitate the future factory to produce ‘right first time and every time’ fabrication of complex products in many sectors, for example, aerospace, automotive, electronics, healthcare, energy and even astronomy.”
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, Professor Bob Cryan CBE DL FREng, an engineer himself, added: “Jane’s contribution to her scientific discipline, to advanced manufacturing and to the academic world has been immense. She has had many honours and awards bestowed on her, with her Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering being perhaps the most prestigious. Now, this new Chair is yet another distinction and another reason for the University of Huddersfield to take pride in this remarkable engineer. But we must not forget that the principal beneficiaries of her research will be the manufacturing sector and therefore the wider economy.”