Alistair graduated from UMIST in 2002 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering with French, during which time he also completed a research placement at ENSMA in Poitiers, France. He received his PhD in Turbulence Modelling and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) at The University of Manchester in 2006, including a year at IMFT, Toulouse as a Marie Curie Fellow, 6 months in Paris with the EDF Code_Saturne development team and a Summer project at CTR, Stanford University. He was appointed as a Temporary Lecturer in 2007 to develop Aerospace teaching in Spacecraft Flight and Turbulence Modelling and Simulation. In 2011 he undertook a sabbatical at CIEMAT, Madrid to work on immersed boundary methods and Fluid Structure Interaction. In 2014 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer and In 2015 he became the Director of External Affairs, which in 2016 was reoriented as Director of Social Responsibility.
His research focuses on developing CFD tools for engineering industry and healthcare applications. In particular he works on
- developing advanced methods for turbulence modelling and simulation,
- fluid structure interaction for flow control and bio-fluids applciations,
- novel hardware to accelerate and interact with CFD software,
He has been involved in a large number of projects focusing upon improving and applying computational aerodynamic tools and investigating novel strategies for drag reduction. He also has also worked on Nuclear and Renewable energy applications involving high Reynolds number fluid-structure interaction effects. More recently his group has been focussing on computational healthcare engineering and application of these numerical tools to cardiovascular science.
I am the Director of Social Responsibility in the School of MACE. Social Responsibility is the third Key Goal of the University alongside Teaching and Research. Our team works to coordinate, facilitate and track the school's activity in Outreach, Knowledge Transfer and External Relations