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Zakiyya Adam
Research Associate

Zakiyya works on producing analytical outputs that support strategic direction within the Research Centre and inform a range of stakeholders across industry and government about trends and areas of key interest.

Dr Claire Coulton
Monitoring and Cohort Development Lead
01524 510818

Claire is responsible for monitoring project progress and leading PDRA Cohort development. Claire is also the editor of the PETRAS Little Book Series. Get in contact if you have any queries regarding project progress, evaluation and impact. If you are interested in any of the PETRAS Little Book series, please let Claire know. Finally, contact Claire for Cohort Development information, ideas and courses.

Emilie Didier
Business Development Executive

Emilie is working on developing relationships with industry partners to expand our collaboration and give businesses an opportunity to be part of this cutting edge project. Contact Emilie if you would like to collaborate and benefit from our strategic insights and be at the forefront of the development and adoption of new technologies in industry.

Ruth Dollard
Operations Manager
020 3108 6266 ext. 56266 

Ruth works closely with the PETRAS management team to provide advice, guidance and support on a wide range of operational issues to support decision-making and strategy development. Specific responsibilities of the Centre Operations Manager include overseeing the financial operations of the PETRAS Centre and facilitating the execution of research contracts.  Contact Ruth if you have particular queries relating to the financial or contractual elements of a PETRAS research project.

Susan Green
Personal Assistant to Director of PETRAS

Sarah Hardy
Communications Lead
07741 671 581 

Sarah leads the communications team and is responsible for developing and delivering the communications strategy for PETRAS. The role involves working with the PETRAS management team and relevant stakeholders to raise the profile of the Centre, deliver clear messaging and build brand identity.   Contact Sarah if you have press and media, events or general communications enquiries.

Eleri Jones
Head of PETRAS

Eleri is responsible for the overall management and administration of the Research Centre, as well as senior science-policy engagement.  Contact Eleri if you are a government official and want to work with the PETRAS Research Centre. 

Sam King
Research Programme Coordinator
0203 108 9419 

Sam assists the Programme Manager in providing support to academic members and works with the centre team to expand on the work of the PETRAS Centre, particularly with respect to liaison with funding bodies.  Contact Sam if you have any queries regarding Researchfish or general enquiries relating to PETRAS. 

Prof. Julie McCann
Deputy Director of PETRAS; Co-I Logistics 4.0: Securing High Value Goods using Self-Protecting Edge Compute (LOG40)

Professor Julie McCann heads up the Adaptive Emergent Systems Engineering (AESE) group in the Department of Computing at Imperial College where she leads a highly multi-disciplinary group of Post Docs and PhD students. From this she leads the Resilient and Robust Infrastructure challenge part of the Data Centric Engineering theme in the Alan Turing Institute. She is PI for the NRF funded Singapore Smart Sensing project, and the Logistics 4.0 project with PETRAS and the Tate Modern. She is Imperial PI for the EPSRC Science of Sensing Systems Software (S4) programme grant. Until recently she was Co-director of the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities and Co-PI of the NEC Smart Water Lab.  She is currently Director of the cross-Imperial Smart Connected Futures Network. Until recently she was Co-director of the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities and Co-PI of the NEC Smart Water Lab and Director of the cross-Imperial Smart Connected Futures Network. She is actively involved in the field’s top conferences (Infocom, Sensys, IPSN, and EWSN) and is an Associated Editor for IoT-J. McCann’s body of practical work unifies decentralised algorithms, protocols, cross-layer, dynamical solutions, with a particular focus on low-powered, low-resourced devices that can act as modern wireless sensor-based systems or future smart matter. She applies this to Space, Agri and Infrastructure Engineering challenges (encompassing the Internet of Things and Cyber-physical systems). Her interests lie in harnessing the various interactions between the cyber and physical to improve performance, resilience and to make secure. Areas of Interest: Bio-inspired computing, smart farming, smart cities, industry 4.0, critical infrastructures. Affiliations: Imperial College, Department of Computing. Twitter: @JAMGMcC

Dr Monica Racovita
Industry Engagement Advisor

Dr Halil Uzuner
Research Programme Manager
0207 594 0982 

Halil works closely with the Centre’s academic partners, other Centre team members, and the PETRAS governance bodies to oversee the Centre’s research programme, and lead the development and implementation of its processes and procedures around project monitoring and internal QA. He plays a lead role in the design, development, and delivery of the Centre’s funding calls for proposals, resulting in expanding the research portfolio of PETRAS.  Contact Halil if you have queries on: PETRAS Research Programme, its Quality Assurance processes, deliverables, and calls for proposals. 

Prof. Jeremy Watson
Director of PETRAS; Co-I Modelling for Socio-technical Security (MASS)  

Professor Jeremy D Watson CBE FREng FIET J D Watson is the PI and Director of the PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems security, Prof of Engineering Systems at UCL STEaPP, and Chief Scientist and Engineer at BRE; he was previously President of the IET, Global Research Director at Arup, Technology Director of BOC Edwards, and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Communities & Local Government during which time he served on SAGE. He currently is lead Fellow for Engineering Policy at the RAEng, and chair of the National Engineering Policy Centre Committee. Areas of Expertise  Behaviour Change; Data Science; Energy; Public Policy & Governance; Risk & Security; Systems Engineering; eResearch  Affiliations  NPL Science & Technology Advisory Council (STAC); Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK); Institute for Sustainability and of Building SMART UK; NERC Innovation Advisory Board and Building SMART UK; Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  Twitter: @ProfJeremyW  

Dr Catherine Wheller
Communications Officer

Catherine works within the Communications team and plays a key role in overseeing the communication strategies and activities of PETRAS. This involves promotion of research outputs and impact to stakeholders in government, industry, and academia. Catherine recently completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne, and holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Melbourne. Get in contact if you are a PETRAS academic who would like help promoting your research output for a non-academic audience.

Caroline Wijnbladh
Business Development Executive

Caroline is working on developing relationships with industry partners to expand our collaboration and give businesses an opportunity to be part of this cutting edge project. Contact Caroline if you would like to collaborate and benefit from our strategic insights and be at the forefront of the development and adoption of new technologies in industry.

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