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Last updated 17th April 2024


My first degree was in Nuclear Engineering at Manchester University. I was sponsored by the UK Atomic Energy Authority during my degree and following a pre-university gap year working at Risley, and summer placements at Windscale and Dounraey, I joined the Decommissioning Development team at Windscale as a graduate engineer. In 1989 I joined Huddersfield University as a lecturer and embarked on a part time PhD the following year. This PhD on ‘enhancing finite element analysis boundary stress predictions’ was supervised by John Smart of Manchester University and was awarded in 1996. I was Subject Area Leader in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering for eight years prior to being appointed as Reader within the Turbocharger Research Institute in 2014. I am an editor for the Central European Journal of Engineering and a reviewer for seven international journals. I am also a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Academic Assessment Committee and the Academic Standards Panel.

My major teaching commitment is in the area of solid mechanics and finite element analysis although I have previously taught Enterprise and fundamental Mechanical Science. I was previously Course Leader for our MEng/BEng courses in the Mechanical and Automotive Engineering area and piloted these courses through three accreditation visits by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Structural Integrity of Turbocharger Systems
  • Air Bearings
  • Multi-criteria optimisation


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