I am a career ground vehicle aerodynamicist with a background in physics and maths, who has specialised in the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics to solve automotive aerodynamics problems, but has developed a broad interest in the field which extends to experimental methods and the vehicle development process.
I am a keen supporter of research and development activities, leading substantial grant-funded projects, postdoctoral research, and doctoral programmes; as well as supporting Maters Thesis projects.
My current research interests include: vehicle drag reduction, surface contamination, unsteady aerodynamics, cooling systems optimisation and the role of CFD in the automotive design process.
I have published more than 30 conference and journal papers, as well as a book chapter. I am the Chair of the Aerodynamics activity at the SAE and a member of the European Car Aerodynamics Research Association (ECARA).
I am both a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist.
Current Role & Responsibilities
I am the Aerodynamics Technical Specialist at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). This means that I am the senior technical authority for aerodynamics; responsible for all test and simulation methods. I provide training, coaching and technical supervision for the Aerodynamics Team. I also lead methods development and research activities for the aerodynamics and water & soiling management (surface contamination) disciplines.
As part of my research role I identify new projects, secure internal funding, and work collaboratively with Universities and other suppliers to see that they are carried out. My main current research programmes are:
- JLR/EPSRC “Programme for Simulation Innovation.” This is a £10M five-year programme of collaborative research. I am JLR’s lead for the “Multi-physics and multi-functional simulation” theme, which is placed at Loughborough University. This includes projects in reduced order modelling, structural mechanics, combustion, aerodynamics, surface contamination, terra-mechanics and vibro-acoustics. I am personally leading the aerodynamics and surface contamination projects; I am also the Industrial Supervisor for three PhD students engaged in these projects.
- Postdoctoral Research in Vehicle Drag Reduction. I am supervising a two-year programme of research at Loughborough University.
- Holistic Cooling Systems Optimisation. I am supervising a PhD programme at Cranfield University on optimising cooling systems for aerodynamic drag, cooling performance and cost.
- Unsteady flow, Vehicle Surface Contamination and Aerodynamic Drag. I am personally undertaking a research project with Warwick University (WMG) on this topic as part of an Engineering Doctorate programme.
- I also supervise the work of students doing Masters and Doctoral Thesis work, both at Universities and placed within JLR.
I support a wide range of initiatives and activities within the automotive aerodynamics community. These include:
- Chair of the Aerodynamics activity at the SAE;
- Member of the Advisory Board for the EPSRC funded (UK) National Wind Tunnel Facility;
- Member Steering & Impact Committee meeting for the EPSRC Research Programme "Micro and Nano Flows for Engineering;"
- Member of the European Car Aerodynamics Research Association (ECARA);
- Chair for the 2014 I. Mech. E. International vehicle aerodynamics conference;
- Industrial Advisory Panel member for MSc courses at Cranfield University (Aerospace Dynamics & CFD) and Imperial College (Aeronautical Engineering);
- Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist panel member at the Institute of Physics;
- Accredited examiner for postgraduate research degrees at Cranfield and Strathclyde Universities.
Jaguar Land Rover (8/2001 to present)
MIRA Ltd, (04/96 to 08/2001)
British Rail Research (09/87 to 04/96)
Engineering Doctorate (International), The University of Warwick
1983 – 1987
BSc (Hons) Physics with Mathematical Sciences, Leicester Polytechnic
Institute of Physics Corporate Membership, MInstP. (1993)
Chartered Engineer, CEng (1999)
Chartered Physicist, CPhys (1993)
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