In her current role, Jill has overarching responsibility for the strategic and academic leadership within the Department of Engineering and Mathematics including oversight of the provision and quality of all taught programmes. The Department is distinguished by its wide-ranging engagement with employers and other local education providers, and a drive to develop and nurture these highly productive relationships.
Jill’s research interests centre around model reduction and meta modelling; in particular the implementation of heuristics for multi-objective optimisation using standard analytical modelling codes (Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis) as the evaluation phase. This approach has found diverse applications from optimising fuel-air mixing process in gas-turbine and dual-fuel reciprocating engines to the reduction of vibrations in complex drive-trains. Jill is currently involved in a series of EU funded projects optimising propulsion systems for novel aircraft, and is part of an international team using mathematical modelling techniques to probe the consequences of climate change within semi-arid ecosystems.
Jill has attracted over £1.8M in research funding and is the author of more than 40 publications and 5 invited lectures. She has won numerous awards including the Charles Sharpe Beecher Prize for the best aerospace paper of 2010.
Jill is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
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