Dr Robert Hughes received his MPhys from the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick (UK) in 2011, followed by an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in 2016 on electromagnetic sensing methods for non-destructive evaluation (NDE). His research was sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc (UK) where he carried out an 18 months industrial placement in 2014-2015, gaining valuable industrial experience. In 2015, Dr Hughes became a Research Associate at the University of Bristol, carrying out research into electromagnetic sensing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on a range of applications including carbon fiber composites and defect characterisation. In this role he gained experience in FE modelling and developed advanced data-processing techniques for the analysis of composite structures as well as collaborating on other interdisciplinary research projects. In 2019, Dr Hughes was appointed to lecturer in NDE.