Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Professor Jeremy Coupland PhD, CEng, FIMechE

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Professor of Applied Optics


Graduated from Exeter University in 1985 with a BSc in Physics. Following a short term post measuring the performance semiconductor lasers at STC research laboratories, he went on to study at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Southampton University where he submitted his doctoral thesis on the application of optical metrology in fluid mechanics. In 1990 he was appointed to the academic staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University, where he currently holds a Personal Chair in Applied Optics.

Research Interests and Activities

  • Particle Image Velocimetry, Holographic Particle Image Velocimetry, Laser Doppler Anemometry, Phase Doppler Anemometry.
  • Holographic and Tomographic Imagery, Digital Holographic Microscopy, Coherence Scanning and Confocal Microscopy, Optical Surface Measurement.
  • Optical Image Processing, Digital Image Processing, Neural Networks, Statistical Pattern Recognition.

External Activities

  • Professional affiliation: Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Visiting Professor of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).
  • Conference Chair: “Holographic Metrology in Fluid Mechanics” Lougborough 28th-30th May 2003; “Holographic Methods and Optical Tomography in Engineering Applications” Loughborough 23rd-25th April 2007.
  • Invited lectures: School of Engineering, Cranfield University 2005, Department of Engineering Cambridge University 2007. Department of Physics, University of Zaragoza 2013.
  • Invited papers: Gordon Research Conference (Combustion Group), Magdalen College, Oxford, 2005, Photon 10, Southampton, UK, 2010, Micro and Nano Flows (MNF), Thessaloniki, Greece, 2011, Fringe 2013 Stuttgart, Germany 2013.
  • External review: Detectors for the Large Hadron Collider CERN, Switzerland; Former member of NATO AVT-124 (Aerodynamics) Committee; Member EPSRC Peer Review College.
  • Enterprise: Commercial instrumentation has been developed for security print verification and meteorology: “Detection of Printing and Coating Media” Bank of England US Patent 7218386, European Patent EP1325477 . “A Weather Measurement Device for Determining the Speed and First Direction of Hydrometeors” Campbell Scientific Ltd PCT/GB2005/005088. Campbell CS135 Lidar Ceilometer Campbell Scientific Ltd.


For work classified as “Frontier Science and Measurement” I have been the recipient of prizes at the National Physical Laboratory Metrology Awards on three occasions:

  • 1991 A New Technique for Simultaneous Three Dimensional Displacement Measurements in Fluid and Solid Mechanics
  • 1997 Laser Doppler Accelerometry: A New Concept for Non-Contact Vibration Measurement
  • 1999 Heterodyne Detection in Doppler Global Velocimetry (Commendation)