Lee Margetts


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Currently Discipline Head of Education for Mechanical Engineering, responsible for the leadership of the following programmes:

  • BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering
  • BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering with Management
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Experience
  • MSc Mechanical Engineering Design
  • MSc Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • MSc Thermal Power & Fluid Engineering
  • MSc Reliability Engineering & Asset Management

I was awarded a BSc in Geology by the University of Durham in 1994. After graduating, I worked for Surrey County Council, first in Highways and Transportation and later in Materials and Construction Management. In 1997, I continued my studies at the University of Manchester, gaining an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering in 1998 and a PhD in Civil Engineering in 2002. I was also awarded an MBA with Distinction in International Engineering Business Management by Manchester Business School in 2011. From 2001 until 2015, I worked for the University of Manchester as a Senior Consultant in High Performance Computing.

I joined the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering as Lecturer in Structural Integrity in April 2015. After promotion to Senior Lecturer in 2017 and Reader in 2021, I was appointed UKAEA Chair in Digital Engineering for Fusion Energy the same year. I hold a number of other posts at the University including Programme Director for Mechanical Engineering, Head of Synthetic Environments and Systems Simulation in the Aerospace Research Institute; and Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life. I also hold an external appointment as Visiting Faculty at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA.

I hold a number of leadership roles in external organisations, where I actively promote the industrial exploitation of High Performance Computing in engineering simulation. These include elected Chair of the NAFEMS HPC Technical Working Group; elected member of the NAFEMS Technical Liaison Committee and former Chair of the PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee. I have also been member of a UK Task Force, initiated by the British Embassy in Chicago and EPSRC, which has led to collaboration between the UK and the USA in the exploitation of High Performance Computing.

I am the initiator and owner of the open source engineering software ParaFEM and author of the accompanying text book “Programming the Finite Element Method” - which is available in Chinese. The software and text book are used in teaching, research and industry across the globe. I am always very open to discussing new collaborations at any level, from blue skies research projects to technology transfer through consultancy.

Accepting PhD Students in Digital Engineering for Fusion Energy


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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Business Administration, International Engineering Business Management, Alliance Manchester Business School

1 Oct 20071 Jul 2011

Award Date: 1 Jul 2011

Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester

1 Oct 199831 Mar 2002

Award Date: 31 Mar 2002

Master in Science, Geotechnical Engineering, The University of Manchester

1 Oct 199730 Sept 1998

Award Date: 31 Oct 1998

Bachelor of Science, Geology, University of Durham

1 Sept 19901 Jul 1994

Award Date: 1 Jul 1994

Areas of expertise

  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Q Science (General)
  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Aerospace Research Institute
  • Advanced materials
  • Energy
  • Digital Futures
  • Institute for Data Science and AI


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