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Dr Jonathan Swingler is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. He has served as Head of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering within the School. He currently serves a Associate Dean for Science and Engineering at the Univesity. He currently serves as Director of Internationalisation (Associate Executive Dean) with oversight of international partnerships for the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

He has over 30 years experience in research of the physics of degradation of electrical/electronic materials and devices and over 100 publications. He has developed extensive expertise in the reliability of electrical systems following positions at Loughborough University and the University of Southampton. His work has particularly focused on electrical contacts and interconnecting in automotive, aerospace and power systems. 

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Chartered Physicst and has served as the Honorary Treasurer for the Dielectrics Group and was Chair of the Dielectric2011 International Conference. He has Chaired the 28th International Conference on Electrical Contacts.

Research interests

Dr Jonathan Swingler's current research interest is focused on robotics electrical power systems, “Powering Robotics for the Real World”, integrated into the Heriot-Watt University’s strategic plans with the National Robotarium. His work can be seen on Proper design and implementation of these systems are necessary for long term reliable performance.

Roles & Responsibilities

Dr Jonathan Swingler serves as Director of Internationalisation (Associate Executive Dean) for the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. This role envolves oversight of the School's international education partnerships strategy.


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