Our team of expert academics and dedicated professional staff help to support world-leading energy research. Find out more about their expertise below.

Executive board

  • Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian Managing Director

    Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian is the Head of Energy Institute at the University of Sheffield, the Managing Director of the Translational Energy Research Centre and the General Secretary of International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF). Click the image to learn more.

  • Melissa Ayres Head of Finance

    Melissa Ayres is the Head of Finance for the Translational Energy Research Centre. Click the image to learn more.

  • Professor Jon Gibbins Head of Partnerships

    Professor Jon Gibbins is Head of Partnerships of the Translational Energy Research Centre, Professor of Power Plant Engineering and Carbon Capture at the University of Sheffield and Director of the UK CCS Research Centre (UKCCSRC). Click the image to learn more.

Researchers and academic staff

  • Dr Karen Finney Research Fellow

    Dr Karen Finney is a Research Fellow for the Translational Energy Research Centre and Energy 2050 at the University of Sheffield, and a member of the Energy Institute, and leads on the theme of renewable energy and smart energy management. Click the image to learn more.

  • Dr Mohammed Ismail Theme Manager

    Dr Mohammed Ismail leads on the theme of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies at the Translational Energy Research Centre and Energy 2050 at the University of Sheffield. Click the image to learn more.

  • Dr Muhammad Akram Theme Manager

    Dr Akram leads the Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCUS) research theme for the Translational Energy Research Centre and Energy 2050 at the University of Sheffield. Click the image to learn more.

  • Dr Janos Szuhanszki Theme Manager

    Dr Janos Szuhanszki leads the Biomass, Bioenergy and Waste-to-Energy research themes at the Translational Energy Research Centre and Energy 2050 at the University of Sheffield. Click the image to learn more.

  • Dr Stavros Michailos Research Associate

    Dr Stavros Michailos is a Research Associate for the Translational Energy Research Centre and Energy 2050 at the University of Sheffield. He leads on the theme of sustainable aviation fuel production and CO2 supply chains. Click the image to learn more.

  • Ihab Ahmed Research Associate

    As Research Associate in Future Gas Turbine Combustion, Ihab is primarily involved in the delivery of projects outputs for a UKRI-EPSRC Program grant (LITECS).

Professional staff

  • Matthew Jee Project Manager

    Matthew Jee is the Project Manager for the Translational Energy Research Centre. Click the image to learn more.

  • Alix Morfoisse Business Development Manager

    Alix Morfoisse is the Business Development Manager for the Translational Energy Research Centre. Click the image to learn more.

  • Dr Kris Milkowski Business Development Manager for PACT

    Kris Milkowski is the Business Development Manager for PACT, and he also manages portfolios and partnerships for other projects within the University. Click the image to learn more.

  • Rhianne Spurden Marketing & Communications Officer

    Rhianne Spurden is the Marketing and Communications Officer for the Translational Energy Research Centre and for other Energy research at the University of Sheffield, including the Energy Institute. Click the image to learn more.

  • Lisa Shepley Administration Officer & Executive Assistant to Prof. Pourkashanian

    Lisa Shepley is the Administration Officer for the Translational Energy Research Centre and the Energy Institute, and the Executive Assistant to Prof. Pourkashanian. Click the image to learn more.

Technical staff

  • Stuart Richards Technical Team Leader

    As Technical Team Leader, Stuart is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the rigs, equipment and laboratories for the facility, as well as leading the technical team.

  • Andrew Delorenzi Technician

    Andrew is a Senior Technician with a speciality in understanding and maintaining the electrical installations and control systems.

  • Andrew Hemstock Senior Technician

    As a Technician, Andrew Hemstock provides technical support to all aspects of the rigs and equipment, including maintenance, development and experimental testing to support the delivery of research projects.

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