James Windmill


Personal Statement

I’m a Professor in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. I gained a PhD in magnetic microscopy from the University of Plymouth in 2002, and worked at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, from 2003 to 2008. I also hold a first degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Plymouth.

I joined the University of Strathclyde as a lecturer in 2008. I was promoted to senior lecturer in 2011, reader in 2014, then professor in 2017. My research focuses on the investigation of hearing systems in insects to inspire the development of new acoustic and ultrasonic sensors and systems. I am also interested in sustainable engineering through the process of remanufacturing, the development of new biomedical sensors, and the use of ultrasound in manufacturing.

I am an academic member of the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering at Strathclyde, and have featured in more than 50 publications. I’m also the managing editor of the Journal of Remanufacturing, a relatively new open access journal.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Bioacoustics
  • Acoustic Engineering
  • Ultrasound
  • Microscopy

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests primarily focus on the theory and practical implementation of analogue electronics for the BEng and MEng courses in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. I am also involved in teaching microcontroller programming and interfacing. I assist in teaching biomedical electronics in the Biomedical Engineering department. I also supervise a number of students in individual or group projects.

Research Interests

My research is interdisciplinary, spanning from biology to engineering, physics, maths and biomedicine. The long term goal of my cross-disciplinary research is to translate the findings from fundamental research in biological sensory systems to inspire novel artificial sensor and transducer systems, primarily relating to acoustics, ultrasonics and non-destructive evaluation. Furthermore, I am interested in how engineering impacts on the environment, and I am actively involved in research into remanufacturing as a process for sustainable engineering. I was awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant at the end of 2013. This large grant has provided me with long term funds to enable further development and capacity building of my research team in the area of Biologically Inspired Acoustic Systems.


    Research areas

  • acoustics, biomimetics, hearing, vibrometry


  1. Mechanical specializations of insect ears

    Research output: ResearchChapter

  2. Unpicking the signal thread of the sector web spider Zygiella x-notata

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  3. Hearing ability decreases in ageing locusts

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

  4. Frequency-dependent ultrasound-induced transformation in E. coli

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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  1. MicroTech 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  2. International Conference on Remanufacturing 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of major conference

  3. Richard Richard Hofstetter

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

  4. Michael Greenfield

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

  5. Shira D. Gordon

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

  6. Journal of Remanufacturing (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workJournal or guest editorship

  7. 14th Invertebrate Sound and Vibration (ISV2013)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of major conference

  8. International Conference on Remanufacturing - ICoR

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of major conference

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  1. X-ray micro CT Scanner

    Equipment/facility: Equipment

  2. Microscope 3D scanning laser vibrometer

    Equipment/facility: Equipment

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