Research

DPhil

I am currently a DPhil Candidate in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford which I started in October 2016. I am researching the impact behaviour of soft polymers and composites under the supervision of Prof. Clive Siviour of the High Rate Group within the Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering research group. Ultimately, the aim of the research is to be able to predict the high rate mechanical response of the material from the knowledge of its composition and simple characterisation experiments. I would then be able to design efficient structures from these materials to meet specific requirements.

Teaching:

  • 3rd year undergraduate option course – Materials (B8) – Department of Engineering Science
  • 1st year core Engineering curriculum – Structures and Mechanics (P3) – Christ Church, St Hugh’s, Pembroke
  • 2nd year core Engineering curriculum – Structures, Materials and Dynamics (A3) – St Hugh’s

Conferences, presentations, research trips:

PGCE

To complete my Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Science, I worked on several assignments delving into pedagogy, educational leadership, and curriculum development. For the Teach First route at the University of Nottingham, this involved three Reflective Journal Assignments and three Written Assessments.

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Masters

For my Master’s thesis at Imperial College, I worked under the supervision of Prof. Paul Robinson on the development of shape memory carbon fibre composites for potential space applications. Innovative materials that are able to be flattened for logistical reasons, and then deployed on-demand via the application of heat to their original pre-configured shape.

The videos below highlight the performances of the many different shapes investigated.

Full text: Deployable composite structures thesis

Paper leading from some of the research I helped to conduct: Deployable, shape memory carbon fibre composites without shape memory constituents

Undergraduate

At Imperial College, for my MEng in Aeronautical Engineering, in the Group Design Project, I worked with Dr Mirko Kovac of the then fledgling Aerial Robotics Lab in its founding year to co-direct a project with fifteen other students on bio-inspired autonomous construction.

Full text: Bio-inspired autonomous construction report

College

My first experience of research was for the Extended Project Qualification for which I investigated the efficacy of various launch vehicles. I presented this at International Space Olympics in Korolev, Russia, for which I attained first prize.