About Science, Engineering & Design research

School of Science, Engineering & Design

The SSED research and innovation platform covers both innovative fundamental research and applied industry facing activities in Science, Engineering and Design. There has been a particular focus on the bio-economy, Smart Energy Systems & Informatics, Engineering Processes and Creative Design. The bio economy is focusing on developing an understanding of complex interactions in biological systems. These efforts are supported by the commissioning of the National Horizons Centre, a new £22.3 million research, teaching and training facility set to drive growth in the bioscience industries. Major multi-million EU H2020 projects funding supports internationally leading research in the field of Smart Energy Systems and Engineering Processes. The School also has an international reputation for its work in Building Information Modelling development and application to Build Environment

Science, Engineering & Design research
Clean room

For more information contact:
Professor Nashwan Dawood
E: n.n.dawood@tees.ac.uk

Research groups


  • Engineering Processes - Research activity centres around development and application of novel optical spectroscopy techniques, development and characterisation of heterogeneous catalysts, computer based modelling of biomechanical processes, development of the hydrogen economy, oil and gas production optimisation and reservoir modelling, dynamics and vibration analysis of mechanical systems, gas turbine combustion, functional analysis.
  • Smart Energy Systems and Energy Informatics: The SSED Smart Energy Systems and Energy Informatics Research Group carries out a range of research and enterprise activities centred around the themes of intelligent sensing, control and informatics for energy-related applications. Focus areas of research include applications of Information Modelling, Machine Learning and Optimization for smart grid and the built environment. The research interests and backgrounds of staff members are multi-disciplinary and varied in nature, and include specialisms in construction, control and instrumentation, power systems, artificial intelligence and ICT. The work of the group has been underpinned by numerous EU H2020 research grants and UK/Overseas Government investments, and research outputs have been recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of quality and impact.
  • System Biology and Forensic SciencesSystem Biology and Forensic Sciences: The Systems Biology and Forensic Sciences Group is involved in fundamental and applied research aimed at capitalising on the characterisation, understanding and modelling of complex interactions within biological systems. This includes disease pathway analysis, food technology, development of medical diagnostic devices, forensic archaeology and anthropology and work to provide improved biotechnology approaches. This intrinsically multi-disciplinary research, underpinned by the provision of internationally competitive instrumentation in the new National Horizons Centre, has a particular focus on the development of vibrant industrial collaborative research.
  • Design and Creative InnovationThe Design and Creative Innovation Research Group brings together a mix of established creative practitioners with internationally recognised research portfolios and early career researchers. Key to the groups research is creative and conceptual practice contextualised within theoretical frameworks of critical thinking. Individual and collaborative research projects and externally engaged research practice investigates a diverse range of themes that embrace material culture, social design, visual communication, participatory creative practices, user experience and interaction design, experimental media and innovation with creative technologies and art and design pedagogy. The research group has a close relationship with research as creative practice in other schools within the university and as such is an associate member of the Animation, Media and Arts Research Group based in SCMA.


The Schools's vision and strategy is to develop internationally leading applications focused research. We have a long tradition of applied, collaborative research working with industrial partners. The Tees Valley is a major centre for the chemical and process industries, with an innovative industrial base and companies are actively involved in developing future technologies such as clean manufacture, biotechnology, biofuels, hydrogen technologies and printable electronics. The Institute has strong, active research links with ABB, SABIC, Johnson Matthey and Lucite International, members of one of the EU’s largest manufacturing hubs based in the Tees Valley.

As well as developing applications-focused new knowledge and technologies, the School provides a wide range of services through its strong, long-standing relationships with public and private sector organisations. Collaborators and partners include some of the world’s leading companies and research organisations such as Rolls-Royce, IBM, Qatar Project Management, HOCHTIEF-Vicon and Ramboll and universities and research institutes such as Sheffield, Manchester, Oxford, VTT Finland, Tokyo.

The School has been particularly successful in exploiting knowledge and technology transfer mechanisms, including knowledge transfer partnerships and supporting start up and spin out companies as a route to securing impact.