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Professor David Nowell

Professor David NowellQualifications

MA, D.Phil.,C. Eng., F.I.Mech.E.

Role or Position

Professor of Engineering Science and Tutor in Engineering, Senior Censor.

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Academic Background:

B.A. in Engineering, University of Cambridge, 1982.
Advanced Course in Production Methods and Management, University of Cambridge, 1983.
Graduate Trainee/Senior Technical Officer, British Rail, 1983-1986
D.Phil., University of Oxford, 1989,  Thesis title: 'An Analysis of Fretting Fatigue'
David has been a University Lecturer at Oxford and an Official Student of Christ Church since 1988.  In 2004 he was awarded the title of Professor of Engineering Science by the University.
Between 1999 and 2009, he was Director of the University Technology Centre in Solid Mechanics, established in collaboration with Rolls-Royce plc in 1990. He remains actively involved in the work of the centre.

Undergraduate Teaching

David has been involved in undergraduate teaching since 1986.  His principal tutorial teaching currently takes place in the areas of structures, mechanics, materials, and engineering mathematics.

Research Interests

David is interested in a wide range of topics in solid mechanics and materials engineering, including contact mechanics, fatigue, impact, and residual stress.  He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Fatigue and of the journal Strain.

Publications include

David has been an author or co-author for over 180 conference papers or journal articles since 1986.  A list of recent articles can be found in the solid mechanics group pages (link below).  He has also been a co-author of two books; 'Mechanics of Elastic Contacts', D.A. Hills, D. Nowell, A. Sackfield, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1993 and 'Mechanics of Fretting Fatigue, D.A. Hills and D. Nowell, Kluwer, 1994


David is married with two children. The demands of professional and family life leave limited time for personal hobbies, but David enjoys walking, gardening, and dinghy sailing when time is available.  He is an active member of the congregation at St Nicholas' Church, Marston and serves as a Bishops' Adviser on selection for ordination training.


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