Dr. Kevin Sandiford

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Newton Building Room 270

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Current positions

Lecturer in Mathematics


After obtaining my BSc degree in Mathematics in 1994 from the University of Salford I studied towards my PhD in Theoretical Solid Mechanics at the same University, investigating various aspects of wave propagation in layered media.

Prior to becoming a full time member of staff at the University of Salford I worked for two years on an EPSRC project to investigate the effects meteorological conditions on the outdoor propagation of sound. This involved probing the atmospheric boundary layer with of a pulsed Doppler lidar system and investigating techniques for the retrieval of atmospheric temperature and wind profiles from the raw data provided by the system.

My research interests are in: the dynamic response of elastic structures, specifically wave propagation and vibration in pre-stressed elastic materials; incompressible and rubber-like materials; asymptotic representation of dispersion relations associated with complex layered structures for high and low wave number.


  • Mathematics at all levels to Engineering students and honours Mathematics students.
  • Currently teaching:
  • BSc Mathematics: Linear Algebra, Tensors and Linear Elasticity, Continuum Mechanics
  • Engineering programmes: Engineering Mathematics S2, Engineering Mathematics E2
  • From the 2013/2014 academic year I will be Programme Leader for the Mathematics degree.

Research Interests

Continuum Mechanics: dynamic response of elastic structures, pre-stress and dispersion relations; asymptotic representations.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics. University of Salford. 1st Class Honours.
  • PhD Electronics University of Salford.  Thesis title:  "Effect of pre-stress on wave propagation in incompressible layered media".
  • Member of the London Mathematical Society