School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr Peter Kinnell MEng, PhD, AFHEA, CEng, MIMechE

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Reader in Metrology

High Value Manufacturing Beacon Lead



Having completed a degree in mechanical engineering, and then a PhD in micro technology, in 2003 I joined GE Sensing, where I progressed to the role of senior design engineer. While at GE I was responsible for the design of development of the company’s high performance TERPS range of sensor. I left GE Sensing to take a Lectureship in manufacturing and metrology at The University of Nottingham in 2007 where I worked on metrology for high precision manufacturing. Then in 2010 I joined Loughborough University as a Senior Lecturer in Metrology and Automation. I hold an EPSRC Fellowship in manufacturing, and I am currently a member of the Intelligent Automation Centre at Loughborough, where I lead the Robust Intelligent Metrology Laboratory.




I graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2001, with a MEng in Mechanical Engineering, and a Diploma of Industrial Studies. During my studies I spent one year at the Danish Technical University as part of the Erasmus exchange programme. I stayed at Birmingham to complete a PhD in Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), funded by EPSRC and GE Sensing. My thesis investigated novel micro mechanical structures and manufacturing processes suitable for improving the performance of MEMS resonant pressure sensors. 



My research is focused on supporting the current and future measurement and sensing needs of industry. I am currently involved in the follow active areas of research: 
  • Ultra-compact fibre-based high precision displacement sensor technology for on-machine or in-process applications
  • Multi-sensor robot mounted metrology systems for high resolution inspection of large complex parts
  • Understanding, mapping and simulating the performance of 3D machine vision
  • Metrology for enhanced performance robotics manufacturing, currently focused on large format 3D printing of concrete parts
  • Measurement systems to digitise and track the factory workspace, including high speed marker less tracking of people in 3D
  • The use of machine learning for defect detection or quality prediction

Current teaching responsibilities:

  • WSB501: Integrating studies
  • WSC504: Applied Engineering Design & Analysis
  • WSD503: Total Product Design - Project Engineering

Current administrative responsibilities:

  • Academic lead for the Loughborough University High Value Manufacturing Beacon

External collaborators:

  • The Future Metrology Hub at Huddersfield University
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • EPSRC College of peer reviewers
  • Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • British Standards Institute (BSI)

Athena Swan Bronze award

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The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU