MEng DPhil DipABRSM CEng MIMechE
Ana Leaf 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, where I designed parts for the F1 car. In this period, I gained chartership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Having spent a season and a half in F1, I returned to my former lab at the end of 2013, where I am now conducting research into the heat transfer to the high pressure turbine disc for the next two new Rolls-Royce jet engines.

I have previously been a lecturer at St Catherine's College, Balliol College and Mansfield College, and also taught at St Anne's College.

Undergraduate Teaching Areas

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

Research Interests

My current research focuses on the heat transfer to the bucket groove in the high pressure turbine disc of large civil aviation turbofan engines. The outcomes of my project feed directly into the analysis methods used by Rolls-Royce to determine the life of critical components of the engines.

Links

Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College: Engineering (including all branches)

See also the Thermo-fluids research group's webpage and the main Engineering Department's webpage.