I am an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, specialising in the mechanics and design of composite structures.
My research exploits both simulation and experiment to explore the multiscale mechanics of composite materials. I investigate the relationships between composite constituents, manufacturing methods, microstructure and structural properties. With this knowledge, my research team build tools to efficiently design composite structures for improved structural integrity, stability and response to extreme conditions.
A strong industry connection is fundamental to my research. I have fostered relationships with organisations across the composites manufacturing sector (Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Omni Tanker) as well as defence and national research organisations (DST Group, ANSTO, German Aerospace Centre). I develop material models and design tools which my partners are using to shorten product develop cycles and reduce design risk.