Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Plymouth since 1996 with research interests in design for structural integrity, covering the fields of fatigue and fracture, residual stresses, fatigue life prediction, metallurgy, welded joints and failure analysis. Previously Dean of Technology for 6½ years, Pro-Vice Chancellor for 15 months and Head of the School of Marine Science & Engineering and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science & Engineering for 6½ years.
Holds a BSc(Eng) degree in Mechanical Engineering (Cum Laude 1976) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; a PhD (1984) in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Cambridge, England; a DTech (Honoris Causa - 2003) from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa, and a DSc(Eng) (2005) from University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Has held, or holds, Visiting or Honorary Professorial appointments at Sheffield-Hallam University, Sheffield, England, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa and the University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy.
Co-Editor of the International Journal of Fatigue, Editorial Board member of Engineering Failure Analysis (Elsevier Science), Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale (the International Journal of the Italian Fracture Group), The Open Mechanical Engineering Journal (Bentham Science Publishers), the Journal of Engineering Research (Kuwait university) and Forensic Engineering (Institution of Civil Engineers, London).
Author/co-author of more than 160 research publications in refereed International Journals and Conference Proceedings, and has received several awards related to these publications, e.g. Silver Medal of the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering (1986). Has given numerous invited Plenary or Keynote lectures at International Conferences.
Has significant experience as a failure analysis and metallurgical consultant, with work ranging from advising on fatigue design, through determining mechanisms and causes of failure in mechanical equipment, plant and structures, to metallurgical assessment, corrosion problems, fatigue life and fracture toughness testing. Has been an Expert Witness in major international court cases, and a forensic engineering consultant to industry in a number of countries, including the UK, USA, South Africa, Netherlands and New Zealand.