Rachael Tighe

School of Engineering, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Rachael Tighe is Senior Lecturer (equivalent to associate professor) and Programme Leader of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, where she has been since 2018. Prior to this, Rachael was a Senior Lecturer in the Defence Academy of the UK and was a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, UK. Rachael’s PhD on the development of infrared techniques for practical defect identification in bonded joints was awarded from the University of Southampton in 2014 and she has been actively researching in the areas of thermography, defect detection and quantification, materials characterisation and structural health monitoring since. Rachael currently holds a Marsden Fast Start grant, administered by the Royal Society Te Apārangi, New Zealand, investigating defect quantification via thermographic methods.

Rachael first attended the SEM Annual conference in 2012 and has served as the Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary for the Thermomechanics and Infrared Imaging Technical Division.


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Last Updated: 05/13/2024