Reporter 398, 3 March 1997

New Chairs

Professor Philip Gaskell

Philip Gaskell took up a Developmental Chair in Fluid Mechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on 1 December 1996. He joined the staff as a "new blood lecturer" in 1985 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1991.

His research interests cover theoretical and experimental fluid mechanics and applied mathematical modelling, including laminar and turbulent flow, combustion, coastal and estuarine hydraulics, coating process fundamentals and computational fluid dynamics.

In 1990 he set up the Interdisciplinary Coating Research Group for modelling and analysing small scale, free surface flows with Professor Michael Savage, which has since grown to attract a large industrial following.

Professor Michael Savage

Michael Savage took up a Developmental Chair in the Mechanics of Thin Films and Coatings, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy on 1 January 1997.

His research interests and publications cover contact mechanics and elastohydrodynamic lubrication, rotor dynamicsand non-linear oscillations, thin film coating flows and instabilities.

Professor Savage is also co-director of the 1997 lecture series on Coating Science and its Applications at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Brussels.

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