The organising team consists of the following:

Professor Tariq Muneer BEng (Hons) MSc, PhD, CEng, FCIBSE, Millennium Fellow

Professor Muneer is a senior ‘Energy Engineering’ academic in Scotland. He was instrumental in setting up the Masters and Doctoral research and study programmes at Edinburgh Napier University. He also led the installation of charging stations for EVs at Napier and has extensively researched the performance of EVs. He is the author of Elsevier’s monograph ‘Electric Vehicles’ that was published in 2017.

Dr Stathis Tingas is a Lecturer in Mathematics at Edinburgh Napier University (ENU). He received his PhD and MSc from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in 2016 and 2012, respectively, and his BSc from the Hellenic Air Force Academy, in 2005. He worked as an aircraft engineer with specialty in jet engines at the Hellenic Air Force, from 2005 to 2016. In 2016, he joined KAUST’s Clean Combustion Research Center, in Saudi Arabia, where he worked as a postdoctoral research associate. In 2019, he became Lecturer in Engineering and Aviation at the University of the Highlands and Islands (Perth College) and Programme Leader for the Aircraft Engineering. Dr Stathis Tingas’s research focuses on the areas of high-fidelity simulation of turbulent reacting flows (with an emphasis on hydrogen, biofuels and alternative fuels) and the mechanistic analysis of multiscale systems in the fields of reacting flows, chemical kinetics, biology and population dynamics. Through his work, he aims to investigate problems related both to fundamental aspects and practical applications.

Dr Viviani Onishi is a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering & the Built Environment of Edinburgh Napier University. She has a strong publication record, which includes numerous peer-reviewed articles on top-tier journals of her field. She is a Topic Editor for the journal Processes, has led different special issues as Guest Editor for the journals Sustainability and Processes, and serves as an Ad-Hoc Reviewer for over 30 international renowned journals. She has also been involved in several high-profile projects, including a major H2020 project.

Yvonne Lawrie is Research Support Co-ordinator for the School of Engineering and Built Environment and has worked at Edinburgh Napier University since 2012. 

Yvonne has organised the annual Electric Vehicle Event since 2015 and it continues to be a popular and well-attended event. Yvonne led TRI’s 25th anniversary celebrations this year with a number of events, including the Solar and Wind Power, TRI’s Timeline and TRI’s Showcase events.

Yvonne has also been instrumental in the delivery of the 9th International Symposium on Travel Demand Management 3-day event, 54th UK HRV 2019 3-day event, Autonomous Vehicle Workshop, Transport Planning & Public Health Seminar, Equality Act Seminar, Smart Urban Mobility Workshop and STAR Conference.

Yvonne manages the School of Engineering and Built Environment blog and Transport Research Institute blog and social media channels. She also produces TRI’s Annual Reports and newsletters for TRI and the School.

Benedetta Piccio is a PhD student at Edinburgh Napier University, “Women, Festival Leaders and Social Transformations: An International Comparison”. She is looking at feminist studies and movements, events management, with specific attention to festivals and women leadership. Benedetta has an international academic and working background in Scotland, Spain, Australia, and Italy, including working at university as a tutor and assistant professor at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. She has researched the online Edinburgh 2020 Fringe and recently published as a co-author: Learning from the 2020 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Recommendations for Festivals and Performing Arts in Navigating Covid-19 and New Digital Contexts.” She works as a research assistant for her supervisors, and as public engagement events assistant for several projects at Edinburgh Napier University. 

Iweta Baran is an experienced interculturalist and a PhD student at Edinburgh Napier University. In her thesis she explores the connection between mindfulness and interculturality. Before embarking on a doctoral journey, she worked for many years in HEi as a project manager, specializing in internationalization. Iweta studied in Poland, UK, France and India (holds a BA in Polish Language and Literature from Nicolaus Copernicus University, a BA in English and French Language & an MRes in Translating Cultures from University of Westminster). Her academic interests revolve around intercultural communication, storytelling, migration and mindfulness. She is also a certified meditation instructor and an avid cyclist, hiker and walker.

Stuart Thomas is Electronic/Electrical Technician at Edinburgh Napier University

Stuart has a degree in Electronic Engineering, and has worked as a Design Engineer and Technician in the Lighting and Electronics Manufacturing industries. Stuart’s fields of interest are in Signal Processing, Embedded Systems, and Digital and Analogue Electronics

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We’d like to thank Edinburgh College for allowing us to use their premises to host the EV School Workshop on 12th October and for Ross Milligan’s support.

Edinburgh College is one of Scotland’s biggest Colleges with around 26,000 students across 4 campuses in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Offering a wide variety of vibrant vocational and academic courses, Edinburgh College provides flexible learning opportunities to suit all learning needs. It offers over 700 courses from access to degree level and continuing professional development to help students achieve their future career ambitions. Within Engineering, the college delivers courses across engineering, automotive engineering including hybrid and electric vehicle technology and race car preparation, electrical engineering, science, trowel trades and allied skills, carpentry, joinery, and painting and decorating.

Ross Milligan works for Edinburgh College within the Faculty of Engineering and with a combination of curriculum working knowledge together with a growing interest in sustainable automotive and mechanical engineering progressing to the role as Engineering – Curriculum Manager. He is currently involved within the College with Clean Energy projects, which involve the students working with new technologies and developing low carbon engineering activities.

His background includes working for Scania Scotland and Iveco/Ford in the South East of England where he developed his career from Truck Service Technician to Transport Manager.

In 1991 he returned to education studying at Napier University Edinburgh, achieving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering followed by a Master of Science in Materials Technology.

In 1999 as Engineering Manager he was involved in line management of Engineering and Production staff, procurement and installation of machinery liaising with various companies in Norway, Sweden and Germany.

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Ross completed his PhD in electric vehicle life cycle analysis in 2017 entitled: Critical Evaluation of the Battery Electric Vehicle for Sustainable Mobility.