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Dr Rodger Edwards (BSc, MSc, PhD, Ceng, MCIBSE) - personal details

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Dr Rodger Edwards

Role: Reader

Tel: 0161 306-4250

Location: Pariser Building-G21
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




Rodger Edwards gained a BSc in Metals and Materials Technology, an MSc by research and a PhD from the joint Department of Metallurgy, University of Manchester /UMIST. He became a Research Assistant in the Department of Building, UMIST in 1983, and was appointed to a Lectureship within the Department in 1988. He became a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers in 1996, a Chartered Engineer in 1997 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer the same year.

Rodger has authored and co-authored over 100 papers and technical / consultancy reports and is currently supervising / co supervising 5 research students. His main areas of research interest are currently:

Energy conservation

Building performance

Zero emissions buildings

Ventilation, air movement and air quality

At present, Rodger is seconded to the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) for 50% of his time, where he fulfils the role of Academic Programme Development Officer. This post carries several key responsibilities, for example Chairman of EPS Appeals, Complaints and Disciplinary Panels and Chairman of EPS Foundation Studies Board.

He is Chair of the University Admission and Qualifications Group and is also a member of the University Teaching and Learning Group.

Recent successful PhD students:


Farhad Anvari: Integrated Equipment Effectiveness in Steelmaking Plant

Will Shoard: Design strategies for buildings and their integration with environmental benchmarking strategies


Akin Odewole: Investigation of air flow patterns in cavities within historic buildings (sponsored by English Heritage)


Philip James (EngD): Rational design strategies for zero energy dwellings ( Sponsored by EPSRC and Clancy Consulting)

Mohamed Imdadul Hoque(EngD: Condition based monitoring techniques for use in Building Energy Management (Sponsored by EPSRC and Clancy Consulting)

Adnan Al-Sibahy (PhD): Thermo mechanical behaviour of a lightweight concrete and its application in masonry walls

Recent Publications

P. Rzeszucinki, Jyoti K. Sinha, R. Edwards, A. Starr, B. Allen: Normalised Root Mean Square and Amplitude of Sidebands of Vibration response as Tools for Gearbox Diagnosis. Strain, 2012 (in press)

Al-Sibahy, Adnan; Edwards, Rodger: Thermal behaviour of novel lightweight concrete at ambient and elevated temperatures: Experimental, modelling and parametric studies. Construction and Building Materials, Jun 2012, volume 31, pages 174 - 187

Adnan Al -Sibahy, Rodger Edwards: Mechanical and thermal properties of novel lightweight concrete mixtures containing recycled glass and metakaolin. Construction and Building Materials, Jun2012, volume 31, pages 157 - 167

Farhad Anvari, Rodger Edwards, Andrew Starr(2010),Evaluation of overall equipment effectiveness based upon market, Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, Vol 16,Iss 3, pp 256 - 270

Farhad Anvari, Rodger Edwards, (2011) "Maintenance engineering in capital-intensive manufacturing systems", Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, Vol. 17 Iss: 4, pp.351 370

Farhad Anvari, Rodger Edwards, (2011)Performance Evaluation based upon a total quality approach,International Journal of Productivity and Performance Maintenance,Vol 60 Iss 5, pp512 528

Sadiq Ali Shah, Rodger Edwards, Yang Zhang, Hybrid Energy Based and CO2 Sequestration Capable Desert Potential Development, National University of engineering and technology (NUST) Journal of Engineering Sciences, Volume-III, August 2011. Accepted for publication

Sadiq Ali Shah, Rodger Edwards Yang Zhang, The impact of Desert Solar Power Utilisation on Sustainable Development, Applied Solar Energy, Vol-III, 2011.Accepted for publication

Sadiq Ali Shah, Rodger Edwards, Sustainable Energy Generation Processes in the Deserts of Pakistan, International Journal of Sustainable Energy, 2011.Accepted for publication