MA; DPhil; C. Eng., F.I.Mech.E.

Academic background

I graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Engineering in 1982, after which I completed the Advanced Course in Production Methods and Management (University of Cambridge, 1983). I was awarded my DPhil from the University of Oxford in 1989. 

I was a University Lecturer at Oxford and an Official Student of Christ Church between 1988 and 2017. In 2017 I moved to Imperial College London to take up the Chair in Machine Dynamics, together with the Directorship of the University Technology Centre in Vibrations.

Research interests

I am interested in a wide range of topics in solid mechanics and materials engineering, including contact mechanics, fatigue, impact, and residual stress. I am editor of the Journal of Strain Analysis and am also on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Fatigue and of the journal Strain.

Featured publications

I have been an author or co-author for over 200 conference papers or journal articles since 1986.

A full list of publications may be found on Google Scholar.

I have also been a co-author of two books: 

Mechanics of Elastic Contacts, D.A. Hills, D. Nowell, A. Sackfield, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1993 

Mechanics of Fretting Fatigue, D.A. Hills and D. Nowell, Kluwer, 1994.

Other interests and activities

I enjoy dinghy sailing, swimming (including open-water), walking and cycling. I am an active member of the congregation at St Nicholas' Church, Marston and serve as a Bishop's Adviser on selection for ordination training.