Dr Bindi Brook

Dr Bindi Brook

Research Interests:Biomechanics and the application of mathematics to medicine

Position:Assistant Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham

View the abstract of Dr Bindi Brook's talk on Interactions of Cell-Scale and Tissue-Scale Mechanics in Asthmatic Airways

My interest in mathematical biology and bio(fluid) mechanics began with my PhD in Applied Maths at the University of Leeds where, under the supervision of Professor Tim Pedley, I investigated the dynamics of blood flow in the giraffe jugular vein.

After that I did a few years as a postdoc in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, this time looking at airflow in the human tracheobronchial tree, which is probably where my initial interest in asthma came from.

At this point I ended up taking a four year career break from research to look after young family, although I did some part-time teaching at the University of Nottingham.

To get back into research I applied for, and was awarded, a Daphne Jackson Fellowship, during which time my research into asthma-related biomechanics really took off.

After the two years on the fellowship, I was awarded an MRC New Investigator Grant and am now an Assistant Professor in Mathematical Medicine and Biology at the University of Nottingham.

Dr Jenny Brown

Dr Jenny Brown

Research Interests:Shelf sea and coastal area modelling

Position:Researcher, National Oceanographic Centre, Liverpool

View the abstract of Dr Jenny Brown's talk on Waves, Surge and Coastal Vulnerability

I became a shelf seas modeller at the National Oceanography Centre in October 2007 after completing a PhD at Bangor University. I have since strived to improve model capability to simulate storm processes, residual circulation and coastal impacts at both the event scale and longer-term to assess coastal vulnerability.

My research capabilities are in national-scale and local-scale coastal modelling of waves, tides, surge and their interactions to investigate storm impacts. My research into coastal erosion and flood risk aims to provide evidence to support management decisions associated with coastal adaptation to climate change.

I have worked on projects investigating estuarine sediment pathways, long-term trends in coastal storm conditions, wave-circulation interaction, economic impacts of coastal flood events, wave-overtopping and dune response to temporal clusters in extreme events, and baroclinic influence on long-term residual circulation and sediment fluxes.

I aim to ensure my research is of benefit to others through the transfer of knowledge to coastal communities and stakeholders by actively working with the NW Coastal Group.

Professor Shahrokh Shahpar

Professor Shahrokh Shahpar

Research Interests:Meshing, Geometry and Optimisation

Position:Engineering Associate Fellow - Aerothermal Design Systems, Rolls Royce, Derby

View the abstract of Professor Shahrokh Shahpar's talk on  Role of Simulation and Optimisation in Design

I am a Rolls-Royce Associate Fellow in Aerothermal Design Systems and the Manger of the 3DGEMO team, which is part of the CFD Methods within the DSE (Design System Engineering).

My focus is on producing design systems and associated optimisation tools for aero-engine components. I have a national and international reputation in the field of CFD meshing and automatic aerothermal design optimisation of turbomachinery components and systems, publishing more than 60 internal and external technical papers and hold four patents. My current research is on uncertainty quantification and robust design.

I have a First Class Honours degree and PhD on Hypersonics Flows including Real Gas Effects from Manchester University. I am a Fellow of the RAeS (Royal Aeronautical Society), Associate Fellow of AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics). Appointed Visiting Professor at the Institute of Engineering System & Design, Faculty of Engineering Leeds University, since July 2010. Associate Editor of the Royal Aeronautical Engineering Journal (Aerospace) since 2005. I have also been a previous winner of the team and individual entry for Sir Henry Royce Award for Technical Innovation in the year 2002 and 2006 respectively.


Professor Jonathon Cooper

Professor Jonathon Cooper

Research Interests:Aeroelasticity, structural dynamics, adaptive aircraft structures and aeroelastic optimization

Position:Royal Academy of Engineering Airbus Sir George White Chair in Aerospace Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Bristol.

View the abstract of Professor Jonathon Cooper's talk on Exploiting Aircraft Flexibility for Improved Aircraft Performance

I gained my PhD from the University of London in Vibration Testing of Aircraft Structures. I started my career at the Royal Aerospace Establishment Farnborough, and then worked at the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool before moving to Bristol in 2012.

I have published more than 300 journal and conference papers, am the co-author of the Wiley textbook Introduction to Aircraft Aeroelasticity and Loads, and have supervised over 35 PhD students.

My research interests are in the areas of aeroelasticity and structural dynamics, helping to develop novel aircraft designs and configurations that will meet the future environmental and financial constraints as well as enabling multi-disciplinary and multi-scale aircraft structural designs to be optimized in an efficient manner.

I have a long association with the Royal Aeronautical Society. I am the chair of the Professional Standards Board and the vice-chair of the Structures and Materials Committee, sits on Council, is a member of the Accreditation Committee and also the local Bristol Branch Committee.