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David graduated from the University of Cambridge with a bachelors degree in mathematics (1985) and an MMath (1986), specialising in applied mathematics and fluid mechanics.

He joined the then Central Electricity Generating Board to work on environmental physics research in dispersion of atmospheric pollution and windpower resource.

He subsequently returned to university, gaining a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Surrey (1994) on the application of computational fluid dynamics to atmospheric flow and dispersion.

Following 5 years as a post-doctoral Research Associate in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UMIST he transferred to what is now the School of Mace at the University of Manchester in January 2000 as a lecturer in civil engineering.

Research interests

  • Computational fluid mechanics
  • Turbulence modelling
  • Renewable energy (marine and wind)
  • Heat transfer
  • Environmental flow
  • Mathematical programming in Fortran and C++

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Numerical Modelling of Neutral and Stably-Stratified Flow and Dispersion in Complex Terrain, University of Surrey

1 Jan 199231 Dec 1994

Award Date: 1 Dec 1995

Master of Mathematics, Part III Mathematics, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 198530 Jun 1986

Award Date: 30 Jun 1986

Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 198530 Jun 1986

Award Date: 30 Jun 1985

External positions

Grant Reviewer, Swedish Research Council

1 Jul 201830 Sept 2018


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