Professor

Robin Cleveland PhD

Associate Head of Department (Graduates)

Professor of Engineering Science

Fellow of Magdalen College

  • Biography
  • Research

Biography

Robin Cleveland is Professor of Engineering Science and Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin where his doctoral research was on sonic boom propagation in the atmosphere. Upon completion of his PhD he was award the F.V. Hunt Fellowship of the Acoustical Society of America which he carried out at the University of Washington in Seattle studying shock wave lithotripsy – breaking of kidney stones by shock waves.

After two years in Seattle, Robin joined the faculty at Boston University where he remained for fourteen years rising to the rank of Professor of Mechanical Engineering. In 2011 he joined the University of Oxford, working in the BUBBL research group.

Awards and Prizes

  • Invited Speaker, Frontier Acoustics Symposium, Shenhzen, China (2017)
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Guest Lecturer at World Congress of Endourology, London (2015)
  • Plenary Speaker, International Symposium on Nonlinear Acoustics, Lyon, France (2015)
  • Keynote Speaker, Joint 11th Congrès Français d'Acoustique and the Annual Institute of Acoustics Meeting (2012)
  • Paper of the Year IEEE Trans. on UFFC (2006)
  • Teacher of the Year, Mechanical Engineering, Boston University (2009)
  • ASA Bruce Lindsey Award (2000) 
  • ASA Hunt Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Acoustics (1995-6)

Research Interests

Robin carries out research in nonlinear acoustics with particular application to biomedical ultrasound.

Areas of research include: shock wave lithotripsy, high intensity focused ultrasound surgery for thermal ablation, nonlinear distortion of B-mode diagnostic ultrasound, the development of shelled microbubble for ultrasound theranostics (targeted imaging and drug-delivery).