7 episodes

This podcast focuses on explaining the fascinating ways that science and engineering change the world around us. In each episode, we talk to leading engineers from elite-level sports like cycling and Formula 1 to some of world's top academics to understand how fluid dynamics, machine learning & supercomputing are bringing in a new era of discovery. We also hear life stories, career advice and lessons they've learnt along the way that will help you to pursue a career in science and engineering.

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This podcast focuses on explaining the fascinating ways that science and engineering change the world around us. In each episode, we talk to leading engineers from elite-level sports like cycling and Formula 1 to some of world's top academics to understand how fluid dynamics, machine learning & supercomputing are bringing in a new era of discovery. We also hear life stories, career advice and lessons they've learnt along the way that will help you to pursue a career in science and engineering.

    EP7 - Pat Symonds - Formula 1 Legend

    EP7 - Pat Symonds - Formula 1 Legend

    In this episode, Neil interviews Pat Symonds, one of the most well known and respected engineers in Formula One. They discuss Pat's career in engineering, his time in Formula One, and the evolution of the sport. Pat shares insights into his early motivations, his work with different teams, and the challenges he faced. They also touch on the growth of Motorsport Valley in the UK and the potential for Formula One teams to be based in other countries. In this conversation, Pat discusses his expe...

    • 1 hr 21 min
    EP6 - Prof Juan Alonso - the Future of Computational Science

    EP6 - Prof Juan Alonso - the Future of Computational Science

    In this episode I speak to Prof Juan J. Alonso on his vision of the future of computational science as well as his journey from academia to entrepreneurship - founding Luminary Cloud. He reflects on the revolutions in computational science and the different ways of developing software throughout his career. Alonso emphasizes the importance of academia in creating and perpetuating knowledge, as well as the value of innovation and new ideas. He also discusses the changes in the CFD world, the e...

    • 1 hr 27 min
    EP5 - Dimitris Katsanis - Designing the World's Fastest Bikes

    EP5 - Dimitris Katsanis - Designing the World's Fastest Bikes

    In this conversation, Neil interviews Dimitris Katsanis, one of the world leading experts in bike design. They discuss the UCI regulations that govern bike design for road and track racing. Dimitris explains the evolution of bike design and the role of carbon fiber and titanium in creating lightweight and aerodynamic bikes. He also talks about his collaboration with Pinarello and the development of the Dogma F8 and F10 bikes. Dimitris emphasizes the importance of balancing weight, stiffn...

    • 1 hr 52 min
    EP4 - Academia or Industry? PhD or no PhD? Career advice

    EP4 - Academia or Industry? PhD or no PhD? Career advice

    SummaryIn this episode, Neil discusses four key career questions that you should think about. He explores the pros and cons of pursuing a PhD, the path to becoming a professor, and the opportunities in the tech sector. He highlights the importance of gaining industry experience and the potential for higher salaries in the tech sector. Neil also mentions the option of dual positions, where academics work in both academia and industry. Overall, he encourages listeners to consider all the option...

    • 42 min
    EP3 - Prof Tony Purnell - F1, British Cycling, PI Research and much more

    EP3 - Prof Tony Purnell - F1, British Cycling, PI Research and much more

    Professor Tony Purnell discusses his journey from a passion for motor racing and engineering in his youth to founding and leading Pi Research, a company specializing in race car electronics. He shares his experiences at university, including a Kennedy Scholarship to MIT, and his early career in the motor racing industry. Tony also explains how Pi Research expanded into the automotive industry and eventually caught the attention of Ford, leading to the company's acquisition. His story highligh...

    • 2 hr 15 min
    EP2 - Dr Florian Menter - Turbulence Modelling Pioneer

    EP2 - Dr Florian Menter - Turbulence Modelling Pioneer

    Florian Menter discusses his journey in the field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and the development of the K-Omega SST model. He shares his experiences working at NASA Ames and the collaborative environment in the CFD community. Florian also talks about his decision to return to Germany and his role in the early days of what would be become ANSYS. Florian Menter discusses the birth and development of the SST turbulence model, the challenges of transition modeling, and the future of RA...

    • 1 hr 20 min

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