(Contact details on request)
A PhD qualified engineer, scientist and experimentalist with extensive experience in 3D design, engine control systems and development, data acquisition and analysis.
A lateral thinker with good mechanical insight and problem-solving skills.
Ford Motor Company, Dunton, Essex.
July 2005 – Present
And July 2003‑ April 2004
Diesel Engine Calibration Engineer (November 2003-April 2004 and July 2005 - Present)
Feature lead for NVH in the 2.0 and 2.2 litre engine lines.
Development of diesel engine management systems.
Conceived and authored a software package in Visual Basic to facilitate automated, DoE-based dynamometer testing of engines.
Designed and commissioned a test rig to investigate the NVH properties of diesel fuel injectors in a static engine.
Designed hardware and software to emulate a particulate filter of arbitrary loading for altitude sign-off.
Achieved Ford FTEP qualification in FMEA, Global 8D, Design of Experiments, Statistical Engineering and Tolerance Engineering.
NVH Test Engineer (July 2003 – November 2003)
Data acquisition and analysis of vibration and noise data using LMS and HEAD Artemis.
Developed specialised data analysis software using Matlab.
Dage Precision Engineering, Colchester, Essex
April 2004‑ July 2005
Mechanical Design Engineer
Gained fluency in 3D CAD Design.
Design and development of next-generation Bond Testers for mechanical testing of electronic bonds.
Development of a new design of X-ray tube for X-Ray microscopes.
Omitec Automation Limited, South Benfleet, Essex
Jan 2002‑ May 2003
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Designed and developed a range of dynamometers from 0.3W to 150kW.
Wrote the embedded software to control an aircraft de-icing system tester in LabView Real Time.
Designed a variety of special-purpose testing machines including an emergency brake tester for London Underground and an ultrasonic contamination checker for air conditioning accumulators.
Designed a number of mechanical handling solutions.
Gained extensive expertise in 3D CAD and assembly modelling
Responsible for writing product specifications to customer requirements and producing design concepts and quotations. Folllowing projects from enquiry to delivery.
University of Sheffield Oct 1994 – Oct 2001
Experimental Officer, Dept of Medical Physics
Developed methodology and equipment to assess the effectiveness of new techniques to reduce scarring in burn victims.
Gained considerable knowledge of digital image processing using Matlab.
Research Fellow, Dept of Mechanical Engineering
Specialised mechanical testing in support of a variety of projects including Fracture mechanics safety assessment of pressurised ball mills (in conjunction with HSE and the BCCF).
Designed and built mechanical components, specialised electronic instrumentation and software to control a high speed testing machine requiring extremely large but well defined rates of strain.
Characterisation of crash test dummies, car interiors and safety equipment to improve the accuracy of computer simulations of car safety crash tests for an EU funded project in collaboration with major automotive companies including Volvo, Peugeot and Renault.
Developed techniques to help predict crack growth in large welded structures in collaboration with AEA Technology and The Welding Institute using finite element analysis.
University of Leeds Oct 1992 – Oct 1994
Research Associate, Dept of Materials Science
Optimised the heat treatment and cold rolling processes to increase the tensile strength of plain carbon spring steels.
Formulated a novel steel composition of enhanced mechanical strength. The steel developed has been used for drive springs in such products as the Bayliss clockwork radio.
Sheffield City Polytechnic PhD 1988 ‑ 1991
"A study of elemental diffusion on glass optical fibres by high resolution X-ray analysis"
The research involved developing a novel technique of specimen preparation to produce thin, electron transparent transverse sections of optical fibres. Expertise was gained in electron microscopy (TEM, STEM, SEM), computer data acquisition and data analysis.
Imperial College, London Bsc(Hons) 1985-1988
Physics, with a third-year specialisation in the physics of materials.
Associate of the Royal College of Science.
All Saints High School, Huddersfield. 1978-1985
5 ‘A’ levels: Physics (A, S1), Biology (A), Maths (B), Chemistry(C), General Studies (A)
A sound understanding of engine control systems, strategies and calibrations.
Extensive programming experience in Matlab and Visual Basic (Especially with respect to interfacing with ATI Vision and ETAS Inca), Autodesk Inventor, ANSYS, TOMECH, Radioss and Hypermesh.
Several years experience in mechanical design, especially of specialised test equipment.
Experienced in analytical and experimental stress analysis, fracture mechanics and structural integrity.
Good working knowledge of electronics including PCB design.
I designed and built a successful entry for RobotWars.
I help maintain a 1916 Dennis fire engine as well as doing all the servicing on my own vehicles. I am a competent machinist and mechanic.
I am helping renovate a 14th century house and have become competent at joinery, building, stained glass work, blacksmithing, metalwork and roofing.
I am also a keen motorcyclist, caver and skier