Hunt-Grubbe Fellow and Tutor in Engineering

Steve Sheard

  • I am Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Science.

  • I have over 30 years of experience as an Oxford tutor, covering all topics in electrical and electronic engineering.

  • I was Associate Head of Department (Teaching) and Chair of the Engineering Faculty during academic years 2014-2017.

  • I studied at University College London for both my undergraduate and PhD degrees.

Steve Sheard


I am currently giving tutorials on electromagnetism, electrical machines and energy storage to second-year undergraduates for the paper entitled Energy Systems. I also tutor a course taken in the third year on Engineering in Society, which includes sustainability, decision making and engineering finance. Within the Department of Engineering Science, I give lectures on the specialist papers on electrical engineering and manufacturing systems to third- and fourth-year undergraduates. I particularly enjoy contributing to laboratory teaching in the areas of electronic circuit design and manufacture.


My PhD was in scanning microscopy, concentrating on the imaging of semiconductor materials. I started research on integrated optics when I first came to Oxford, working with major companies in telecommunications developing waveguiding components and fibre-optic systems. I have a special interest in diffractive optics, which I have applied to solving a number of practical problems when integrating different optoelectronic components. I have designed and made surface emitting lasers and optoelectronic devices using diffractive optical elements and have worked with industry to develop novel sensor technology for measurement and monitoring systems.  More recently, I have been working on biomedical devices using magnetic separation as a platform for biosensors. I am a Chartered Electrical Engineer.

You can find out more about my work here.

Selected Publications

Grob D.T., Wise N., Oduwole O., Sheard S., ‘Magnetic susceptibility characterisation of superparamagnetic microspheres’, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Volume 452 (2018), 134-140

Oduwole O., Sheard S. (2017), ‘Three-dimensional mathematical modelling of magnetic bead interactions within a magnetic separation system’, Applied Mathematical Modelling, Volume 45 (2017), 123-133

Oduwole O., Grob D.T., Sheard S. (2016), ‘Comparison between simulation and experimentally observed interactions between two magnetic beads in a fluidic system’, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Volume 407, 8-12

Wise N., Grob D.T., Morten K., Thompson I., Sheard S. (2015), ‘Magnetophoretic velocities of superparamagnetic particles, agglomerates and complexes’, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Volume 384, 328-334

Kwon B.H, Kim H.H., Park J.H., Yoon D.H., Kim M.C., Sheard S.J., Morten K., Go J.Sl, ‘Separation of Different Sized Nanoparticles with Time Using a Rotational Flow’, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. (2013), 52, 6 pages

Professor Sheard

Engineering Science provides a foundation in all branches of engineering with students concentrating on their chosen specialisation in years three and four – creating opportunities across different sectors of employment.