Distinguished Visiting Fellow to come to Exeter

Dr. Eric Paterson, Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and Chief Scientist of the Computational Mechanics Division at the Applied Research Laboratory, Penn State University in the United States, has been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship for 2011.  He will be hosted in Exeter by Dr. Gavin Tabor, Centre for Water Systems.

Dr. Tabor shares several of Dr. Paterson's major research interests, and these overlap significantly with other current research in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences in renewable energy and biomechanics. The two academics will utilize Dr. Paterson's visit in order to collaborate on several projects, including CFD modelling of novel tidal turbines, particularly on modelling rotating turbines in the context of farm design; and image-based meshing for biomedical CFD, specifically studying blood flow in the Circle of Willis, a complex arterial structure feeding blood to the brain. Dr Paterson is also a proponent of open-source software such as the open source CFD code OpenFOAM, and will be involved in lecturing and teaching about using this code.

The Royal Academy of Engineering is Britain's national academy for Engineering and works to promote excellence in all disciplines of Engineering. The Distinguished Visiting Fellowship program allows a UK university to host a fellow from an overseas academic centre in order to strengthen UK Engineering and foster international collaboration.

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