Thomas Furness


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Last updated 17th April 2024


Having completed my under-graduate degree in mechanical engineering at Manchester metropolitan university, I proceeded to undertake a master’s degree in mechanical engineering design at the University of Huddersfield. Upon completion of my master’s degree, I was involved in a KTP collaboration between the CPT and a local engineering firm. The aim of this collaboration was to automate an otherwise manual procedure of the repair and reclamation of machine cutting tools. During this time I started my post-doctoral studies, part-time, which involves the use of thermography to reverse engineering the internal components of a hollow object.

Upon completing my KTP collaboration, I was employed by a world leader in the automation and process machinery business. Whilst here I engaged in the design and development of large scale process machinery, which included mechanical design, automation, pneumatic and electrical design, project management, and drawing generation. During this time, I still held onto my university contacts through my ongoing PhD studies.

After two more years in industry, I decided to return to the university as a research associate. During my short time here, I have been involved in several high profile projects, including EU framework 7 projects such as EASE-R3 (Integrated framework for a cost-effective and ease of Repair, Renovation and Re-use of machine tools within modern factory) and have undertaken supervisory roles in KTP projects.

Currently I am overseeing the CPT’s contribution to the HI-LHC-UK project in collaboration with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).  In addition to this, I am presently based in Geneva, Switzerland, as the CPT’s attaché to CERN.

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
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Collimators
  • Strain Measurement
  • Colling Beam Accelerators
  • Laser based metrology
  • Situ Conditioning
  • Machine Tools
  • Reverse Engineering of Complex Shapes


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