About Jesus College/Our community/ People
Dr Brian Tang

Roles and subjects

Lecturer in Engineering Science



Academic Background


I read for an MEng in Engineering, Economics and Management at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating in 2006 with a first class degree having also been awarded the Edgell Sheppee prize, Lubbock prize and Lubbock scholarship. I subsequently remained at Balliol for my DPhil, where I performed research into turbine blade tip cooling in civil aerospace jet engines for Rolls-Royce. Following my doctoral studies, I joined Lotus F1 Team in 2012 as a computational aerodynamicist. During this period, I gained chartership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Having spent a season and a half in F1, I returned to the Oxford Thermofluids Institute as a post-doctoral researcher at the end of 2013.

I have a strong interest in teaching, and am a Fellow of the HEA as well as holding the SEDA-PDF Learning Teaching and Assessing award, which is aligned with descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework. I am also involved with tutor training, and run the Teaching: Reviewing First Steps and Developing the Next teaching course on behalf of the MPLS division.

I am also a lecturer at Balliol College and Worcester College.

Undergraduate Teaching Areas

Papers P1 & A1: Mathematics

Papers P3 & A3: Structures, Materials and Mechanics (including beam theory, dynamics, stress & strain, structural failure etc.)

Papers P4 & A4: Fluid mechanics, Thermodynamics and Heat & Mass Transfer

Paper B2: Engineering in Society

Research Interests

My current research focuses on the development of novel fluidic devices, including plasma-actuated, no-moving-parts valves for integration into the secondary air systems of large civil aviation jet engines and ultrasonically activated fluidic switches used for external aerodynamic flow control. The same class of devices are also being developed for the control of combustion in the move towards hydrogen-fuelled, zero emissions clean aviation.

Other Interests

I am an avid road cyclist and keen baker.


Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College:

See also Dr Tang’s departmental website and the Engineering Department’s webpage.