Staff profile

Professor Paul Stewart

Professor in Energy and Environment


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Research centre

University Professorial Council




Derby Campus



I am Research Chair in Energy and Environment in the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering.

After 14 years working in and running SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in the automotive industry, I gained a BEng degree in Electronic, Control and Systems Engineering. I then gained a PhD focused on Electrical Machines and Drives Control for Electric Vehicles from the University of Sheffield. This began a 16-year relationship with the Electrical Machines and Drives Research Group, eventually becoming Senior Lecturer. I was also a staff member of the Rolls-Royce UTCs (university technology centres) in Control Systems and Electrical Machines and Drives.

I was subsequently conferred a Chair as Head of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering at the University of Salford, where I co-founded the CASE Centre in Control and Systems Engineering.

Joining the University of Lincoln as Professor of Control Engineering and Head of School, I founded the first new School of Engineering in the UK for more than 30 years, in partnership with Siemens, gaining Siemens Principal Partner Status in 2012. The venture additionally won awards from Times Higher Education, IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology), and the Lord Stafford Award for Industrial Collaboration. I was subsequently promoted to Pro Vice Chancellor Research for the University, and additionally founded research groups in Energy, and Systems.

I have conducted numerous professional roles, including Chairman of the UK and Republic of Ireland IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Industrial Electronics Chapter, member of the Aircraft Electrical Power systems National Advisory Committee, member of the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Peer Review College, and I am an active funding panel member of the RCUK (Research Councils UK) Energy Programme.

My personal research interests centre around Complex System Simulation, Design and Optimisation; Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Control Systems; Power and Energy Architectures and Electrical Machines, Drives and Systems; Energy Conversion and Storage; Remote Monitoring and Sensing; Prognostics and Diagnostics; Low Carbon and Low Emissions Operations. I am a Fellow of the IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers), a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Chartered Engineer.