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Biography

My first degree, awarded 1977, was in Pure and Applied Mathematics, at Sheffield University. I was fortunate enough to stay on and complete a one-year Masters Degree in Industrial Applied Mathematics, held jointly at Sheffield and Hull Universities, with funding from the Science Research Council. This led to a further two years funding for a PhD, based on a topic in aerodynamics, concerning the movement and deposition of ice from freezing fog. Subsequently, and in order to complete my PhD work, I held the post of Postdoctoral Research assistant in the Department of The Science of Materials in the Materials department at the University of Sheffield, where I completed work relating to the propagation of cracks in pressure vessels in the nuclear industry, funded by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate.

I have been a lecturer, mainly in mathematics, since 1982, having worked in colleges of FE in Andover, Doncaster and Sheffield, and in higher education since 1987, in London and Huddersfield. Because of my background in the application of mathematics, I have always favoured teaching engineering and technical students. During my time at Huddersfield I have supervised PhD studies in both Geography and Engineering, in which mathematical models were applied.

Biography

  • Flow of droplets of supercooled water (freezing fog) around obstacles 
  • Dislocation Theory
  • Finite Element Methods in relation to Stress Analysis and Fracture Mechanics 
  • Groundwater contamination and river pollution 
  • Application of computational mathematics inc. heat transfer, aerodynamics, groundwater flow, stress analysis and electrostatics 
  • Design and analysis of an ecologically sound hull for boats on inland waterways 

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river pollution Earth & Environmental Sciences
stress analysis Earth & Environmental Sciences
fracture mechanics Earth & Environmental Sciences
fog Earth & Environmental Sciences
mathematics Earth & Environmental Sciences
hull Earth & Environmental Sciences
dislocation Earth & Environmental Sciences
finite element method Earth & Environmental Sciences