Professor Sabu John has over 155 published articles in journals and peer-reviewed conferences (6 book chapters (1 in print), 35 Journal articles and 120+ referred conference and other articles in the fields mentioned below) and has been involved in 3 patents including the invention of the patented world’s first Cricket bat with active vibration control. His research interests include advanced composite materials, vibration control in smart structures, embedded communication devices in composite structures, structural health monitoring of structures. He has also undertaken work on signal processing and pattern recognition through artificial neural networks applied to feature detection in medicine and damage detection in large static and dynamic structures. He has worked on numerous funded projects in the aforementioned areas worth over A$3.25M.
As a result of patenting the ARC-funded world’s 1st Smart Cricket Bat with active vibration control in 2007 (Australian Patent number–2007901068), his work received national and international headlines in the electronic and print media. He has also commented on strategic manufacturing matters in the national media.
An abridged list of his media work is listed below.
- Channel 9, The TODAY show – LIVE TV, 7.18am, 10th May 2007.
- Channel 10, 5.30pm News. 8th May 2007.
Print and electronic media
- ‘Batsmen to get a better handle on Slogs’, The Australian – Page 3, 8th May 2007.
-The Australian, 8th May 2007.
- ‘Its not Cricket as Australians invent better bat’, Britain’s Daily Telegraph, 9th May 2007.
Front page – Britain’s Daily Telegraph, 9th May 2007.
- ‘Bat’s the way I like it’, The Week Magazine, Printed 3rd June 2007 (Mumbai, India).
- ‘Is that Cricket’, Physics World Magazine, Vol 20, No 6, June 2007, Page 3.
- ‘Getting a Grip’, The Engineer (UK) Magazine, 02 July 2007, Page 31. Also seen at:
- BBC Radio 5 from London , UK – 1.40pm, 10th May 2007 (Melbourne time)
- ABC (774 AM). Melbourne. 7.00am, 10th May 2007 with Red Symonds
- 3AW (694AM) (Melbourne’s highest rating morning show) with Neil Mitchell
- 8th May 2007 at 11.15am.
- ABC country Queensland, 2.10pm, 10th May 2007.
- ABC Newcastle, NSW. 10.10am, 9th May 2007.
- ABC Adelaide. 11.00am, 8th May 2007.
- ABC 612 - Brisbane. 2.30pm, 8th May 2007.
Prof John is mainly involved in teaching, research and administrative duties. He currently lectures in Smart Materials and processes and Strategic Manufacturing Planning in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. He has published over 155 papers in refereed conferences, journals and research books and has contributed to a mainstream university text. He is currently contributing to a book on embedded intelligence in structures. He also serves on the University research training sub-committee, the Expert Panel of the University appeals committee and is member of the School’s research committee. He is an Oz-reader for the Engineering and Environmental Sciences panel of the Australian Research Council (ARC). He sits on the editorial board of the Open Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Journal. He is currently active on numerous funded research projects in the fields of smart materials, embedded communication devices and structural health monitoring funded by the ARC and the Cooperative Research Centre – Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS). He is a reviewer of several international journal publications such as Composites B journal and the Composites Engineering Journal of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, UK.
- Ph.D (Materials in Mechanical Engineering), Imperial College, London. 1986.
- MBA (Master of Business Administration) RMIT University. 1998.
- M.Sc (Advanced Applied Mechanics), Imperial College, London. 1983.
- B.Sc (Mechanical Engineering) University of Lagos, 1982.
Diplomas and society memberships
- M SAE–A – Member, Society of Automotive Engineers, Australia
- AIMM – Member, Australian Institute of Management
- DIC – Diploma of the membership of Imperial College, London
- M-TTNA – Foundation member – Technical Textile and Non-woven Association
- McCarthy, J.,Watkins, S.,Deivasigamani, A.,John, S. (2016). Fluttering energy harvesters in the wind: A review In: Journal of Sound and Vibration, 361, 355 - 377
- Ahamed, J.,Joosten, M.,Callus, P.,John, S.,Wang, C. (2016). Ply-interleaving technique for joining hybrid carbon/glass fibre composite materials In: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 84, 134 - 146
- Wang, X.,John, S.,Watkins, S.,Yu, X.,Xiao, H.,Liang, X.,Wei, H. (2015). Similarity and duality of electromagnetic and piezoelectric vibration energy harvesters In: Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 52-53, 672 - 684
- Xiao, H.,Wang, X.,John, S. (2015). A dimensionless analysis of a 2DOF piezoelectric vibration energy harvester In: Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 58-59, 355 - 375
- McCarthy, J.,Watkins, S.,Deivasigamani, A.,John, S.,Coman, F. (2015). An investigation of fluttering piezoelectric energy harvesters in off-axis and turbulent flows In: Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 136, 101 - 113
- Xiao, H.,Wang, X.,John, S. (2015). A multi-degree of freedom piezoelectric vibration energy harvester with piezoelectric elements inserted between two nearby oscillators In: Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 68-69, 138 - 154
- Waqar, S.,Wang, L.,John, S. (2015). Piezoelectric energy harvesting from intelligent textiles In: Electronic Textiles: Smart Fabrics and Wearable Technology, Elsevier, Cambridge, United Kingdom
- Deivasigamani, A.,McCarthy, J.,John, S.,Watkins, S.,Trivailo, P.,Corman, F. (2014). Piezoelectric energy harvesting from wind using coupled bending-torsional vibrations In: Modern Applied Science, 8, 106 - 126
- McCarthy, J.,Deivasigamani, A.,Watkins, S.,John, S.,Coman, F.,Petersen, P. (2014). On the visualisation of flow structures downstream of fluttering piezoelectric energy harvesters in a tandem configuration In: Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 57, 407 - 419
- Waqar, S.,John, S.,Khan, I.,Wang, C.,McCarthy, J.,Ladigus-Grange, A.,Wang, L.,Coman, F. (2014). Modelling and analysis of various piezo fibre geometries on the piezoelectric properties for energy scavenging applications In: Proceedings of the 8th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics 2014 (ACAM 8), Melbourne, Australia, 24-28 November 2014
- Fibre-Sized Energy Generators and Storage in Multi-Functional Fabrics. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project 2011 Round 1 from (2011 to 2014)
- Energy capture from polymer based synthetic foliage. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project Grant 2010 Round 2 from (2011 to 2014)
- Embedded Antenna Technology in Smart Polymeric Composite Structures. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project 2005 Round 2 from (2006 to 2010)
- An Integrated Intelligent Bio-machines Network. Project now known as: The Australian Research Network for Smart Medical Devices.. Funded by: ARC Research Initiatives Seed Funding Grant pre-2014 from (2003 to 2005)
- Active Vibration Control of a Cricket Bat using Piezoelectric-based Smart Materials Technology. Funded by: ARC APAI Grant pre-2014 from (2002 to 2005)
17 PhD Completions and 4 Masters by Research Completions4 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions