• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Personal profile


    I am a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering & Design at Aston University.

    I am actively involved with ARCHA (Aston Research Centre in Health Ageing). I am a member of the research strand: 'Technologies supporting healthy ageing'. 

    Research Interests

    Micro/Nano technologies, biomedical engineering, nonlinear dynamics and control, vibrations, numerical analysis and optimization methods, time series analysis and system identification of complex dynamical systems, signal processing and information technology. 

    Teaching Activity

    I teach dynamics and vibrations for 2nd and 3rd year students, and advanced nonlinear dynamics for MSc students.   


    • BE in Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing
    • ME in Mechatronics, University of Science and Technology Beijing
    • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


    • 2007 – date: Senior Lecturer, Aston University
    • 2002 – 2007: Lecturer, Aston University
    • 2000 – 2002: Senior Mechanical Engineer at the Global Research Center of General Electric in New York

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Fellow of IMechE, Charted Engineer

    Contact Details

    Phone: 0121 204 3592 

    Email: x.ma@aston.ac.uk 

    Room number: MB147A

    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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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