Dr Kiyo Wada
Senior Lecturer
Telephone: (01792) 606270
Room: Academic Office
Engineering Central
Bay Campus


NiTi Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs)
SMAs application in mechanical and aerospace engineering
Low-shock hold and release mechanisms
Deployable antenna structures


  • EG-386 Engineering Management

    This module will develop skills relating to the management of financial and human resources within the engineering sector. With respect to financial resources, the course will introduce the practice of accounting for transactions within a new business so as to give the student a good appreciate of the balance sheet, profit & loss and cash flow statements, which are essential components of a business plan. The course will also show students how to interpret financial statements and how best to allocate financial resources between competing engineering projects. With respect to human resources, the course will cover the basic concept of entrepreneurship before breaking down the essential elements of a business plan. The course will give the more entrepreneurial students guidance about how to go about commercializing their ideas and the less entrepreneurial students an understanding of what makes some of their colleagues tick. The learn by example approach adopted for this module guides the student through the complexities of financial and human resource management and encourages students to develop their own business plans. Students will also be introduce to the subject area of ethics within business.

  • EG-M36 Systems Monitoring, Control, Reliability, Survivability, Integrity and Maintenance

    The module will provide overview of the system engineering aspects of monitoring, control, reliability, survivability, integrity and maintenance. Areas of interest to be studied will encompass an engineering application from mechanical, marine and aerospace. The important underlying system engineering concepts on plan-do-check-act cycle, reliability in relation to quality engineering, design considerations on system survivability, integrity and maintenance will be highlighted and demonstrated with relevant examples. Of particular example will be looked at include but not limited to plant operation (on-condition monitoring, majority voting system and high integrity protective system), marine and aerospace applications such as commercial satellite assembly-integration-test phases (combination of series and parallel systems). Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and Load (stress)-Strength analysis will be introduced and the important links between type of failure, failure rate and safety margin will be quantified.

  • EG-M62 Group project

    This module enables students to participate in a group activity involving a multi-disciplinary approach to achieve a solution to a specific design problem. In most instances it will involve either direct interaction with industry or will be an industrially-related project. Issues other than providing a purely technical solution to the problem will have to be considered in order to achieve a satisfactory outcome to the project.

  • EG-M85 Strategic Project Planning

    At the end of this course students will be able to recognise and define the key characteristics and components of a project, understand the advantages/disadvantages associated with the management of both small and large projects, and have an appreciation of the strategic tools and techniques available to enable effective project management leading to a 'high performance team'. The acquired skills will be reinforced by the completion of a group project to produce an initial feasibility report (e.g. project plan document) for a major new project.

  • EGA341 Space Propulsion and Power Systems

    The module will introduce past, current and future developments in technology used in space propulsion and power systems for space vehicles. The lecturing topics will cover majority of relevant theories and practical applications related to the space vehicles launch phase, manoeuvring and deep space missions.

  • EGW19M Design for Reliability

    This course is designed to equip participants with the quality and reliability engineering concepts and skills that will be needed by technically trained engineers within industrial companies to establish highly reliable and cost effective systems. The course will give introduction to the system engineering aspects of monitoring, control, reliability, survability, integrity and maintenance. Areas of interest to be studied will encompass an engineering application from mechanical, marine and aerospace. the principles of 'Design for Reliability' will be highlighted and demonstrated with relevant examples.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
January 2009 June 2013 Aerospace System Engineer and Project Leader Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO), Japan
November 2007 July 2008 Project Officer Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
July 2002 September 2008 PhD Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
January 2007 March 2007 Teaching Assistant Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
January 2006 June 2006 Teaching Assistant Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
October 1999 June 2002 R&D Mechanical Design Engineer Canon Inc., Japan
October 1995 July 1999 BEng (Hons) University of Glasgow

External Responsibilities

  • Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

    2014 - Present

  • Charted Engineer (CEng), Engineering Council

    2014 - Present

  • Member, Welsh Academic Space Partnership (WASP)

    2014 - Present