Dr Ignazio Maria Viola is Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Energy Systems (IES) of the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh. His background is in yacht sail aerodynamics, where his research is internationally leading. Since 2003, he has collaborated with four America’s Cup teams and an Olympic team. He was awarded 2 Medals of Distinction (2015, 2012) and 1 Medal of Exceptional Merit (2011) by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, an institute of which he was elected Fellow. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sailing Technology and Associate Editor of 3 leading journals in marine technology: Ocean Eng, Intl J Small Craft Tech, J Mar Sci Eng.

Curriculum Vitaehttps://www.dropbox.com/s/5jso9grxj5u8im9/ViolaIM-CV.pdf?dl=0shapeimage_7_link_0

Detailed biographyIgnazio.htmlshapeimage_8_link_0



Postdoctoral Research Associate, cathal.cummins@ed.ac.uk

Cathal is an applied mathematician working as a postdoctoral research associate at both the School of Engineering and the School of Biological Science of the University of Edinburgh. He obtained his BSc in Mathematical Physics from University College Dublin in 2009, for which he was awarded the Conway Medal in Mathematical Physics. A passion for real-world problems led him to the University of Limerick; fully supported by a Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) scholarship, he was awarded an MSc in Mathematical Modelling in 2011 and a PhD in Applied Mathematics in 2014. His novel research has won international prizes in physics/applied mathematics and he shares his passion for mathematics as an award-winning scientific/public speaker. To date, Cathal has published papers on the mathematics of Guinness, coffee brewing, microfluidics, and wave energy. At the University of Edinburgh, he is using mathematics and physical modelling to unravel the novel engineering principles that enable seeds to fly over large distances with relative ease.

Project webpagehttp://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/projects/unsteady-hydrodynamics-of-tidal-turbines%28062cb059-8af9-497d-a461-085ca1a9b08e%29.htmlshapeimage_10_link_0


PhD student, w.dai@ed.ac.uk

Weidong Dai obtained an opportunity to join a two-plus-two program in 2010. Half of his undergraduate time was spent in Huazhong University of Technology and Science (China), with the other half spent at the University of Birmingham (UK). Dai was awarded Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's degrees from both universities in 2014. The focus of his final year project was on the mechanical properties of materials used for 3D printing. Dai then turned his interests to aerodynamics and one year later was awarded a Master’s degree in Advanced Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London. His individual project aimed to capture the behaviour of pulsating flow around pipes and analyse the lock-on phenomenon of vortex shedding. After a year at BSH Electrical Appliances as a mechanical engineer, he joined the University of Edinburgh to perform a PhD under the supervision of Dr Viola on tidal turbine unsteady hydrodynamics.


PhD student, a.arredondo@ed.ac.uk

Abel was awarded a master’s degree with honours in Sustainable Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh in 2014.  His MSc thesis entailed working and improving the design of a self-damping Flettner rotor for wind-assisted ship propulsion.  He previously worked in industry for Plansee doing a market study in Mexico and as a wireline field engineer for Schlumberger. He got his BSc in Mechatronics Engineering in Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico with honours and did a semester abroad in Fachhochschule Villingen-Schwenningen in Germany. After concluding his MSc, he was awarded a scholarship by CoNaCyT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología) to start a PhD under the supervision of Dr Viola. His project aims to identify experimentally the leading edge vortex in three dimensional thin wings, such as spinnakers-type sails, and explore the effects of twist and flow dynamics on the LEV. Abel’s research interests are: vortex detection, pressure derivation from PIV and low order models for LEV’s.


PhD student, g.scarlett@ed.ac.uk

Gabriel was awarded a Master of Engineering with Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering with Renewable Energy from the University of Edinburgh in 2015. During the degree program he specialised in renewable energy technologies, fluid mechanics, and numerical modelling. His individual project involved creating a numerical model to solve a modern set of integral equations which describe the evolution of ocean waves through shallow waters. The project enhanced Gabriel’s analytical ability and his desire to continue working in research, which ultimately led to him become a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr Viola. The focus of his research is quantifying the unsteady loads on tidal turbine blades through analytical models in two dimensions and CFD in three dimensions.


PhD student, s.tully@ed.ac.uk

Susan attained her Bachelors degree with honours in Astrophysics in 2009 from the University of Edinburgh before working in industry for a couple of years. In 2011 she returned to academia and was awarded a Masters in Engineering from Heriot Watt University in 2012; graduating with distinction and top of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Following this she returned to the University of Edinburgh in 2013 when she was awarded an enhanced EPSRC scholarship to study the turbulent wake effects of tidal stream turbines. Her PhD work is aimed at understanding the unsteady flow mechanisms which occur in tidal channels. She is experienced in both numerical and experimental investigations of turbulent flow. In October 2014 she interrupted her PhD studies to work on a 9 month EPSRC funded multinational project investigating flow control to mitigate fatigue on tidal stream turbine blades.

Project webpagehttp://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/projects/compliant-coatings-for-drag-reduction%28f71a316e-f07a-4968-a8eb-428708d3b92e%29.htmlshapeimage_11_link_0


PhD student, t.jozsa@ed.ac.uk

Tamás earned a Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's degree at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE) in 2012. His BSc thesis, an industrial project with Knorr-Bremse Ltd, won the Pattantyús-Pálffy Prize for best hydrodynamics thesis. He continued his studies at BUTE through an MSc in Mechanical Engineering Modelling, where he gained experience working as a demonstrator and participated in research on arterial blood flow modelling. This research formed the basis of his thesis which won 1st prize in the Hungarian National Scientific Student Competition in 2012. Thanks to an Erasmus scholarship, in 2013 he commenced an MSc in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) at Cranfield University. During his midterm and final projects he gained experience with novel high-performance computing techniques, such as CUDA and MPI, and recently developed numerical approaches for partial differential equations. In 2014 he was awarded a grant, funded by International Paint and the Energy Technology Partnership, which enabled him to start a PhD under the supervision of Dr Viola. The aim of his project is to investigate skin friction reduction potential of compliant coatings using high-fidelity CFD techniques.

Project webpagehttp://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/publications/vortex-flow-of-yacht-sails(ff3d38f5-6c72-4d70-8e96-56ef85c12586).htmlshapeimage_12_link_0


MSc by Research student, r.muir@ed.ac.uk

Rowan was awarded an MEng with distinction in Mechanical Engineering with Energy at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. She focused her studies throughout on renewable energy, and completed her dissertation on optimisation of flow through a ducted tidal turbine in 2009. After travelling a while she spent the next 5ish years working for RWEnpower in both traditional and renewable energy generation, before winning a sustainability competition and a trip to Antarctica which reminded her of her love of nature and why she came into engineering in the first place. She is currently undertaking an MSc by Research with Dr Viola looking at the leading edge vortex as seen in bird and insect flight. In part because it’s fascinating, but also as a potential bio-inspired design optimisation for lift generation in low Reynolds aerodynamics.

Project webpagehttp://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/projects/unsteady-hydrodynamics-of-tidal-turbines%28062cb059-8af9-497d-a461-085ca1a9b08e%29.htmlshapeimage_14_link_0
Project webpagehttp://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/projects/realfriction-a-numerical-investigation-on-the-effect-of-different-paint-coatings-on-ship-resistance-in-real-sailing-conditions%28ee7de814-4446-4f0d-9ad2-869f85da236d%29.htmlshapeimage_15_link_0


PhD student, n.speranza@ed.ac.uk

Nicola was awarded a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University “Tor Vergata” of Rome in 2013. His final project aimed at the development of a numerical method for the optimisation of airfoils at low Reynolds numbers. After graduation he was awarded a PhD scholarship at the University of Edinburgh funded by International Paint, a world leading company in marine coatings. The aim of his thesis is to enhance the understanding of roughness effects on the boundary layer of ship hulls in real sailing conditions.


PhD student, k.luttik@ed.ac.uk

Kristin earned a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology in 2010. After a year of travelling and gaining work experience as an engineering intern, she moved to Scotland to study for her Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh; which she was awarded with distinction in 2012. Following this she spent the following years in industry, working at EPR Scotland. In 2015 she started working towards her Engineering Doctorate with IDCORE under the supervision of Dr Viola. Working with SAMS, she is researching the potential of using kites in large-scale, subsea, power generation. Her work includes creating an analytical model, and validating this using a scaled physical model of the system.

Project webpagehttp://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/projects/kitebase-tidal-energy-converter(0f973f9a-db18-4075-bcb3-33d957ae0dac).htmlshapeimage_18_link_0



Dr Francesca Tagliaferri received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2015, where she carried out a project on yacht racing strategy. She has a background in mathematics and her research interests are routing algorithms, time series forecasting and risk modelling.


Part-time PhD Student, jean-baptiste.souppez@ed.ac.uk

Jean-Baptiste R. G. Souppez holds the position of Lecturer in Yacht Design and Composite Engineering at Southampton Solent University; and Visiting Professor at the University of Liège. Jean-Baptiste originally graduated from the BEng (Hons) in Yacht and Powercraft Design at Southampton Solent University. He then qualified as a Traditional Wooden Boatbuilder before completing the MEngSt in Yacht Engineering at University of Auckland, where he was awarded the Yacht Engineering Scholarship for Academic Merit. Currently undertaking part-time PhD research at the University of Edinburgh on leading edge vortices and the numerical modelling of modern asymmetric spinnakers. His other research interests include experimental and computational fluid dynamics of sailing yachts and hydrofoils, composite structures and sustainable composite materials, as well as learning and teaching in Higher Education.


PhD Student, d.certini@ed.ac.uk

Daniele was awarded a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Pisa in 2017. He performed his final year project during a six-month internship at Dr Viola’s lab, where he investigated both experimentally and numerically the aerodynamics of the dandelion fruit. This study received the Pegasus Award for a Special Achievement through Working Abroad for Academic Research. In September 2017, he started his PhD at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Dr Viola. His project aims to reveal the fluid mechanics principles that enable the extraordinary flight abilities of the Javan cucumber vine.


Visiting student

Robin has been a visiting student for 10 months from October 2016, while undertaking a Master of Mechanical Engineering at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan, France. The aim of his project was to enhance the understanding of flexible hydrofoils via numerical simulation and experimentation. A journal publication summarizing his results is in preparation.

Project webpagehttp://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/projects/dynamic-yacht-strategy-optimisation%2838b850ee-bfaf-47d8-b4c0-5b541d341449%29.htmlshapeimage_21_link_0


PhD Student, s.otomo@ed.ac.uk

Shūji attained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 from Hokkaido University in Japan. His research project was to investigate the effect of turbulence on Savonius turbine. He has experimentally shown that Savonius turbine shows a better performance in turbulence subjected to Kolmogorv cascade by using hot-wire anemometry and particle image velocimetry. He presented his results at World Wind Energy Conference 2017 (WWEC2017) and he will contribute journal papers summarising his results soon.

During his BSc, he was awarded a scholarship from Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO) for his PhD study under the supervision of Dr. Viola. His experimental research project focuses on bio-inspired arrays of fish-like energy harvesters. 


PhD Student, g.pisetta@ed.ac.uk

Gabriele earned a Master degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 2016 at the Politecnico di Milano. For his master thesis he investigated experimentally the effects of an actively controlled Gurney flap acting on an oscillating helicopter blade profile. In October 2016, Gabriele joined the CDT Wind & Marine Energy Systems led by the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) and the University of Edinburgh. During the first year, as part of the training programme, Gabriele worked on two projects concerning the optimisation of O&M vessel planning and scheduling for offshore wind farms, and the performance enhancement of flapping foil energy harvesters. In October 2017, he started his PhD project on gust alleviation by morphing blades for wind and tidal turbines. The aim of the project is to develop a novel intelligent blade that through a high-frequency morphing will cancel fatigue loads and enhance energy harvested.