Professor Denise Morrey

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Research Lead

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Denise Morrey


Research Lead with overall responsibility for research development in Engineering. Group Lead for the recently established High Voltage and Energy Storage Group/Laboratory. Member of the Engine Modelling Team.

Principal architect of the development of the Motorsport Engineering courses and motorsport activity at Oxford Brookes, winning £ 2.1M of funding from the South East of England Development Agency (SEEDA) to establish a Motorsport Engineering Centre as part of the purpose built 5,000 m2 Engineering building on the Wheatley campus. Established in 1996, these programmes now have a strong national and international reputation.

Recipient of the award of 12 annual scholarships from Fernando Alonso for Spanish students to study on MSc in Motorsport Engineering courses (2007 to 2011).

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

Module Leader for:

  • Design of Machines

Seminar Leader for:

  • Stress Analysis and Dynamics 
  • Stress and Dynamic Systems

Teaching areas: 

  • Dynamics, Gears, Dynamics of Machines, MATLAB and Simulink, Management and Innovation.


  • Currently supervising: 8 PhD students (as Director of Studies), 4 post-doctoral RAs.
  • Previously supervised to completion:16 PhD students
  • Examined: 25+ PhD students (external and internal)

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Farhad Salek Thermo-economic modelling and optimization of the second life battery energy storage system for building applications Active
Gokhan Budan Connected and Automated Vehicle Enabled Traffic Intersection Control with Reinforcement Learning 2021


Research Interests

My main research focus recently has been helping to drive forward the development of our High Voltage and Energy Storage Laboratory (HVES). Alongside this, I have been undertaking other research in the areas of vehicle dynamics, sustainable transport, and engine modelling.

Centres and institutes


Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • Innovative sustainable transport solutions (01/01/2020 - 31/12/2022), funded by: Oxfordshire County Council, funding amount received by Brookes: £54,000


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