Steven Lloyd MEng (Hons)
PhD Research Student
Steve is following on from his Masters Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University to research into using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to deploy sensor payloads into the marine environment. Supervised by Dr Paul Lepper and Dr Simon Pomeroy, the research is envisaged to speed up deployment and re-deployment rates, improve safety by removing the human element of deployment and reduce the cost of conventional methods.
Steve graduated with a First-class Honours degree from Loughborough University in 2015. During this time, he participated in a Diploma in Industrial Studies at EchoStar Europe as an Undergraduate Hardware Engineer. On his return, he was involved in two summer placements at Loughborough University. The first placement was entitled “Condition monitoring of wind turbine blades” and involved the creation of a vibration based energy harvesting system for a PhD student (Now Dr Ozak Esu), under the supervision of Dr Simon Watson and Dr James Flint. This first placement resulted in Steven being the 2nd author on two published papers, one of which was published in a journal. The second placement involved the development of a novel drag anemometer under Dr Simon Watson, which was further developed during Steven’s final year project.
PhD Thesis Title: Using unmanned aerial system for underwater data acquisition in the marine environment.
Currently Steven is researching into multiple areas surrounding the use of UAS in the marine environment. These areas include; camera gimbal noise and its possible effects on marine and terrestrial taxa, characterisation of UAS flight noise, development of an underwater acoustic logging system for UAS, wave monitoring using the onboard UAS sensors and reducing the effect of wave heave on a deployed hydrophone from a UAS.
Previous Research includes the development of a novel piezoelectric based vibrational energy harvesting system for powering of an in-situ MEMS based condition monitoring system, and Evaluating the effectiveness of a Novel Drag Anemometer, when compared to a Pitot Tube.