Top ten UK engineering department (REF2014)

Top ten UK engineering department (REF2014)

Meet Dr Ben Evans

Associate Professor,
Aerospace Engineering


Ever since I can remember I have enjoyed asking “but why does it happen like that?”

This mind-set made me want to apply the maths and physics theories I learned in school to real world challenges – and an obvious way to do this was to study Engineering. After four years as an Undergraduate at Cambridge I realised that in the 21st Century most aerodynamics problems were being tackled using the new computational modelling techniques that Swansea University was famous for pioneering.

So I embarked on a PhD at Swansea in a field known as Computational Fluid Dynamics. My PhD research used those modelling techniques to develop software that can predict aerodynamic flow behaviour by looking at the underlying molecular motion.

It was the transition to Swansea that provided me with the amazing opportunity to get involved with the BLOODHOUND Land Speed Record project and join the design team for the world’s fastest car working alongside legendary aerodynamicist Ron Ayers. The work that I have been doing at Swansea University has shaped the design of the BLOODHOUND SSC and has inspired a range of new research ideas that I and my team are working on. The goal is for it to reach a speed of 1,000mph on a run in Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape, South Africa this year (2018) and break the world land speed record.

Over the past ten years, we’ve worked to develop the aerodynamic shape of the car, which is why it looks the way it does today. I am excited about the potential that the BLOODHOUND project has to inspire a whole new generation of engineers across the globe and to see the spin-off technologies that will propel Swansea to become a world-leading centre for aerodynamics design research.”

It gave me the chance to help design the world’s fastest carquoteclose

Dr Ben Evans


Study Engineering at Swansea University

We provide a cutting edge learning environment with state of the art teaching facilities. Pioneering in our technological progress, both in traditional and emerging disciplines within the field of Engineering, we work in partnership with major industrial companies.

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TEF Gold award

Take a look at some of the people making waves at Swansea University:

Bloodhound SSC

Engineering at Swansea University has an extensive track record of industrial collaboration and has significantly contributed to a number of prestigious projects.

From the aerodynamic design of the THRUST Supersonic Car, which currently holds the world land-speed record, to the latest collaboration, aerodynamically designing the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car.

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World-leading Research

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) show Swansea University has achieved its ambition to be a top 30 research university, soaring up the league table to 26th in the UK from 52nd in 2008.

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Swansea University’s model of engaging with industry is one to be replicated in Europe

Dimitri Corpakis, Head of Unit,
DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, 2013

UK top 30 for research excellence

4th for graduate employability

90% research internationally excellent for impact

UK top 10 for graduate prospects

Postgraduate Study

As a postgraduate student at Swansea University, you’ll be part of a vibrant community that thrives on exploration and discovery, and you’ll join researchers and academics who are making a real impact on the health, wealth, culture, and wellbeing of our society.

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