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Biography

John Allport gained a BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham in 1985 as a Student Apprentice with the National Coal Board. He later worked in open cast mining in Australia before taking a role designing and installing centrifugal separation systems for the chemical and oil industries.

Following another career change, John then gained over 25 years experience in the field of automotive engineering, covering a range of components, including crankshaft dampers, drive couplings, balance shafts, suspensions and turbochargers. During this time, he completed a PhD in Computer Aided Engineering of Elastomeric Engineering Components at Bradford University, having been awarded an Industrial Fellowship of the Royal 1851 Commission. John has also been awarded over 20 patents covering various aspects of dampers, couplings, bearings and turbochargers.

In November 2013, he was appointed Professor of Automotive Engineering at the University of Huddersfield having spent the previous 11 years at Cummins Turbo Technologies, most recently as Training and Talent Development Leader, and prior to that as Worldwide Manager and Functional Excellence Leader - Applied Mechanics.  As part of that role, John became Director of the Turbocharger Research Institute at the University.  The Institute was established to conduct research and develop training to support companies at the forefront of this world leading technology. This work in turbomachinery has led to John's latest research which is based on the use of biofuels in clean energy generation, particularly in micro gas turbines. He is currently developing the Energy Integration Laboratory at the University, which is a pilot scale test centre for trialling processes for converting organic waste materials into useful energy.

John is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, serving on several Committees and Panels. He is also an active promoter of engineering in schools, particularly in widening gender diversity.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Member of Integrated Standards Accreditation Committee, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

20 Sep 2018 → …

Member of Academic Standards Committee, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

20 Sep 2018 → …

Chair of Academic Standards Committee, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

12 Sep 201620 Sep 2018

Academic Member of Academic Standards Committee, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

30 May 201512 Sep 2016

Academic member of Academic Standards Panel, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

18 Nov 201330 May 2015

Industrial Member of Academic Standards Committee, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

May 201018 Nov 2013

Chartered Engineer and Fellow, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

3 Feb 2005 → …

Industrial Member of Academic Standards Panel, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Dec 2003May 2010

Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

6 Nov 19953 Feb 2005

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Turbocharger
  • Turbo
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Automotive
  • Engineering
  • Turbines
  • Materials Engineering
  • Vibration analysis
  • Polymers
  • Sustainable Engineering

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