About me

img_0997.jpgWelcome to my personal webpage! I am an applied mathematician and senior lecturer in mathematics at the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Greenwich, and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.  I am also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Computer Mathematics. I teach mathematics across our degree programmes and am research-active in the broad field of computational fluid dynamics.

More specifically,  my primary research interest is the theory and application of the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM). I am also interested in rheology, multiphase phenomena, and microfluidics. My research forms part of the activities of the Numerical an Applied Mathematics Research Group at the University of Greenwich, and the UK Consortium on Mesoscopic Engineering Science (UKCOMES).

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Chaotic mixing simulated with an LBM

UKCOMES was established in June 2013 and is supported by the EPSRC Grant EP/L00030X/1. It is one of seven high-end computing (HEC) consortia for science and engineering in the UK funded by the Research Councils. My main involvement with the consortium is through its “Multiphase and Complex Fluid Applications” work package, working to develop lattice Boltzmann models with the predictive capabilities required by industries such as additive manufacturing.

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               With Albert

I obtained my BSc in Mathematics and MSc with Distinction in the Mathematical Theory of Complex Fluids from the University of Wales Aberystwyth. I completed my doctoral work at Cardiff University’s School of Mathematic and in 2007 my PhD thesis  The Lattice Boltzmann Equation for Complex Flows won the Vernon Harrison Prize from the British Society of Rheology. After postdoctoral research at UCL (“Instabilities in Polymer Processing”) and the University of Oxford (“Multiphase Lattice Boltzmann Models”) I held the position of Junior Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics, University of Oxford.

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A gift from my niece

My first faculty position was as a lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Plymouth University, where I won the 2016 faculty SSTAR award for the most innovative use of teaching methods, and in September 2016 I joined the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Greenwich.

I am also interested in promoting the wonder and relevance of applied mathematics and fluid mechanics. Since joining the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Greenwich I ran a Walking on Custard activity at the 2017 and 2019 IMA Festival of Mathematics to increase awareness of rheology (the science of deformation and flow), discussed non-Newtonian fluids on Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped, and hosted a hands-on (feet-on?) workshop about viscosity at the Butins Astonishing Science Weekend. A review of this excellent weekend of science for kids (and their parents!) can be found here.