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Adnan Ilyas is an Assistant Professor at Heriot-Watt University within the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Since 2021 he has been the Programme Director for Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) programme BEng (Hons) Engineering: Design and Manufacture (Electronic). His main areas of research interests include energy harvesting, storage and smart systems integration.

Adnan received a BEng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2012), MSc in Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation (2013) and PhD in Electrical Engineering (2019) from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. His PhD research was on the development of a piezoelectric system capable of converting mechanical energy generated by the impact of water droplets into electrical energy for low-powered devices or applications.

Research interests

Energy Harvesting, Micro Electromechanical Systems (MEMS), Sensors, Power Management, Energy Storage, Smart Systems Integration.

Roles & Responsibilities

Programme Director - Engineering: Design and Manufacture (Electronic)

External Examiner - UWE Bristol, 2021-2025

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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