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 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 am now a Senior Research Associate in the Active Flow Control group, conducting research into technologies supporting future liquid hydrogen-fuelled aircraft for zero-carbon aviation.

I have a strong interest in teaching, and am a Fellow of the HEA and also hold the SEDA-PDF Learning Teaching and Assessing award, which is aligned with descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework. I act as a mentor to several early-stage tutors to help them develop their methods and find their own style as they embark on their teaching journey.

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

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 for the control of combustion in hydrogen-fuelled, zero emissions clean aviation engines. Additionally, I am also conducting research and development in 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.

Other Interests

I am an avid road cyclist and keen baker.


Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College:

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