Dr. Ahmed Onsy

Principal Lecturer, Academic Lead for Mechanical and Maintenance Engineering

School of Engineering

Computer and Technology Building, CM 109

+44 (0) 1772 89 3266


Subject Areas: Mechanical, Mechatronics and Maintenance Engineering

Ahmed Onsy is a Principal Lecturer, Academic Lead for Mechanical and Maintenance Engineering area. He has been awarded his PhD from the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Design Unit and Mechatronics Group, Newcastle University, UK. His main research interests are intelligent diagnostics and health management systems, intelligent maintenance systems, advanced mechatronics, and embedded systems which can be directly applied to Intelligent Diagnostic and Health Management (DHM) and Predictive Health Monitoring (PHM) systems for oil well, wind turbine, aerospace (SHM & HUM), marine, and automotive applications.  Ahmed is contributing to research within the area of Maintenance and Intelligent Machines (Tribotronics) and is a member of the Jost Institute for Tribotechnology

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  • Ph.D. Intelligent Health Monitoring Systems, Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Mechatronics Group & Design Unit, Newcastle University, UK, 2009.
  • M.Sc. Automotive Powertrain Control, Mechanical Engineering, MTC, Egypt, 2001.
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Automotive Engineering, MTC, Egypt, 1993.

Ahmed has 25 years’ experience in academia and R&D; during which he concluded and supervised several projects in the area of:

  • Smart Systems
  • Diagnostic Engineering; PHM; CBM; Reliability applications
  • Mechatronics, Autotronics, Robotics Applications, and Embedded Systems
  • Machinery Failure Analysis using Vibration Analysis, Acoustic Emission Monitoring, and Oil Debris Analysis
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Systems Interfacing and Data Transmission
  • Development of Scan Tools (Machinery, Automotive OBD, CAN)


  • Member of the EES
  • Member of the IMechE
  • Member of the Prognostics and Health Management Society
  • Member of the SAE
  • Member of the IEEE
  • Member of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
  • Member of the IEEE Councils of: Sensors, Systems and Technology Management
  • Member of the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP)
  • Liaison to the SAE Aerospace standards committees:
  • G-11SHM, Structural Health Monitoring and Mgmt Committee
  • ACBG, Airframe Control Bearings Committee
  • Reviewer for the SAE
  • Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics
  • Reviewer for the IEEE Aerospace Conference


ONSY, A., FOUAD, M., SHAW, B. A. & Dansereau, R. M. (2014) A New Technique for Monitoring Gears Surface Failures Using Enhanced Image Registration Method International SAE International Journal Aerospace. September Volume , Issue 1.

Helmy, M., ONSY, A. HUSSEIN, W. M., & EL SHERIF, I.  (2014) Development of an Advanced Diagnostic System for Automotive Mechanical Transmissions. International Journal of COMADEM. 2014, 17(2), 39- 44. ISSN 1363-7681.

HUSSEIN, W. M., ONSY, A., EL SHERIF, I. (2013) Health Monitoring of Electro-Pneumatic Controlled Systems using Multivariate Latent Methods: An Experimental Validation, SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing. January 2014 Volume 7, Issue 1.

ONSY, A. (2013) A New Acoustic Emission Remote Sensing System: an Experimental Validation of Wheel Bearing Condition Monitoring. SAE International Journal Aerospace. December 2013 Volume 6, Issue 2.

ONSY, A., BICKER, R. & SHAW, B.A. (2013) Predictive Health Monitoring of Gear Surface Fatigue Failure Using Model-based Parametric Method Algorithms; An Experimental Validation. SAE International Journal Aerospace. September 2013doi:10.4271/2011-01-2700 Volume 6, Issue 1.

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  • MFPT

Teaching activities

  • MP 4706 Sensors, instrumentation & Control
  • MP 3701 Mechanical Systems Reliability
  • MP4701 Design and operation of sustainable systems
  • ER4706 Applied Instrumentation
  • EL4166 Research Methods
  • ER4 Intelligent Maintenance
  • ER4105 Intelligent Machines
  • ER4200 Advanced Mechatronics Systems
  • ER4109 Intelligent Maintenance
  • ER3200 Mechatronics
  • ER3202 Programmable Logic Controllers
  • CPD Predictive Maintenance
  • MSc - UG Project Supervision

Research Activities

  • Mechatronics, Intelligent Machines, Robotic Applications, and Embedded Systems
  • Intelligent Maintenance Engineering
  • Diagnostic Engineering; PHM, CBM
  • Smart Systems
  • Machinery Failure Analysis using Vibration Analysis, Acoustic Emission Monitoring, and Oil Debris Analysis
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Intelligent Mechanical Elements
  • Test Rigs Development


  • Next Generation of Wind Turbine Gearboxes
  • Intelligent Gearbox
  • Intelligent Pump
  • Intelligent Health Management of Microscale Wind Turbine
  • Active Transmissions
  • Intelligent Bearings
  • Intelligent Health Management of Driverless Vehicles
  • Driverless Pod

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