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

Academic Background:

B.A. in Engineering, University of Cambridge, 1982.

Advanced Course in Production Methods and Management, University of Cambridge, 1983.

D.Phil., University of Oxford, 1989.

David was a University Lecturer at Oxford and an Official Student of Christ Church between 1988 and 2017. In 2017 he 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

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 editor of the Journal of Strain Analysis and is also on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Fatigue and of the journal Strain.

Publications include

David has 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.

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 adult children. Outside work, David enjoys dinghy sailing, swimming (including open-water), walking and cycling. He is an active member of the congregation at St Nicholas' Church, Marston and serves as a Bishops' Adviser on selection for ordination training