Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated by mathematics and physics. I have always enjoyed asking the question ‘….but why does it happen like that?’ and have sought to find answers to these ponderings and solutions to problems. I guess it was this mindset that naturally led me to want to take my Physics and Maths A-levels to the next step and really apply the theory I was learning in school to challenges in the ‘real world’. To me, one of the obvious ways of achieving this seemed to be to study Engineering. And so I embarked on a 4-year degree in Aerospace & Aerothermal Engineering at The University of Cambridge.
Over the four, at times very tough, years at Cambridge we covered a massively wide range of engineering disciplines but with emphasis on aerospace applications and power generation. At the end of my degree I felt that it was right for me to continue in academia and so embarked on a PhD at Swansea University in a field known as CFD (computational fluid dynamics).
It was becoming apparent to me that in the 21st century the vast majority of aerodynamics problems were being tackled, at least in part, using the new computational modelling techniques that Swansea had made itself famous for pioneering. My PhD research focussed on application of the finite element method of computational modelling to the governing equations of molecular gas dynamics, and in doing so predict macroscopic flow behaviour in terms of the underlying molecular kinetics.
It was the transition to Swansea that amazingly ended up providing me with the opportunity to get involved with the BLOODHOUND project and joining the design team to work on aerodynamics alongside Ron Ayers