I am a trailblazer

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.”