I am a research engineer with more than 15 years’ marine renewable experience gained within academic and commercial sectors. I did my PhD at the Univeristy of Edinburgh under the supervision of Stephen Salter on the numerical modelling and experimental tank testing of the Sloped IPS buoy wave energy converter (WEC).
I then worked for two years for the company Artemis Intelligent Power on the design and testing of a novel high efficiency hydraulic motor for the power take-off of marine energy converters in collaboration with Pelamis.
After that I worked for the University of Edinburgh as a research fellow within the SuperGen Marine consortium for five years. During that period, I was involved in several projects including: the development and testing of a novel laser based optical wave gauge, the development of a set of guidance for the experimental tank testing of WECs and the development of a real-time computer based control system for WEC models.
I then went on to work for 8 months for the company Aquamarine Power as a wave resource analyst and also on the development of an underwater high speed camera to deliver flow visualisation around WEC models.
After that I worked as a research fellow for the University of Edinburgh on tidal energy projects. In that context, I carried out the mechanical design of a complete solution for the deployment of oceanographic instruments (ADCPs) in very high velocity currents and configured these ADCPs for non-standard deployments. I was responsible for the design, manufacturing, instrumentation and testing of a horizontal axis tidal turbine model to investigate extreme loads on tidal rotors.
I am now working as a Chancellor Fellow at the University of Strathclyde on marine renewable energy.
Over the years I have also carried out consultancy work for the UK Carbon Trust, Wave Energy Scotland and for the companies Aquamarine Power, Marine Current Turbines and Albatern Wave Energy.