Portrait of Mr  Mark Dales Mr Mark Dales

m.r.dales@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472318


I am an Electrical Engineer and prior to becoming a University Lecturer in 2003 I spent 30 years working in the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI).

Following my initial education and training I was employed in the 'Meters, Testing and Protection ' section. My responsibilities included testing, commissioning and carrying out fault diagnoses on industrial metering schemes, power system protection equipment and telecommunications systems. During my mid-twenties, while studying part-time for my first degree with The Open University, I developed a keen interest in the use of what was then described as 'new technology ' for the monitoring and control of power systems. I subsequently undertook a Masters degree in Telecommunications Technology at Aston University and returned to join a small team of Engineers involved in the specification, design and successful implementation of a Distribution Management System (DMS). The DMS was created in collaboration with a contractor and facilitated the real time control and monitoring of the state of a Distribution Network Operator 's entire High Voltage network.

I now teach Electromechanical Systems and Electrical Power & Machine Drives across all year groups. I teach Enterprise which includes electronic product development to second years and Professional Development to first year students.

I am the year two tutor and admissions tutor for all full-time BEng and BSc Electronic/Electrical courses.

When I am not working, I enjoy outdoor activities including, motorcycling, walking and running. I am a UK Athletics level 3 coach for sprints and hurdles and have coached athletes up to national level.

Research and Scholarship

I maintain an interest in the intelligent control of electrical energy with a view to the optimisation of its utilisation and supply, particularly at low voltage (LV) in domestic and commercial situations. I am interested in renewable energy sources, micro-chp, fuel cells, energy storage and demand side management. I am investigating the integration of these technologies into the power network in ways which support the infrastructure, reduce CO2 emissions and overall energy usage, and maintain or improve the quality of supply for the customer.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Dhimish, M., Holmes, V., Mehrdadi, B. and Dales, M. (2017) ‘Diagnostic method for photovoltaic systems based on six layer detection algorithmElectric Power Systems Research , 151, pp. 26-39. ISSN 0378-7796


Dhimish, M., Holmes, V. and Dales, M. (2016) ‘Grid-Connected PV Virtual Instrument system (GCPV-VIS) For Detecting Photovoltaic Failure’. In: Environment-Friendly Energies and Applications (EFEA), 14 - 16 September 2016, Belgrade, Serbia

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