MEng Aero-Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde
PhD Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde
Tom graduated with a MEng in Aero-Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in 2013. This degree incorporated numerous independent and group assignments, as well as an international research project at the Universitat Politècnica de València in Spain.
Upon completion of his degree, Tom began work as a Supplier Quality Engineer with Jaguar Land Rover, located in Gaydon. This role included the review of suppliers’ manufacturing facilities to ensure correct process controls were in place to maintain part quality and protect the delivery schedule. One of his main projects involved the investigation of defective aluminium plates that were susceptible to splitting during the pressing process. The outcome of this investigation identified the primary cause of the failure and resulted in the implementation of new process controls to reduce the frequency of defective parts.
This role cultivated an interest in materials science which led to the undertaking of a PhD in Advanced Surface Engineering within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.
The PhD project involved the development of an innovative surface engineering process to manufacture highly erosion-resistant composite surfaces containing ceramic and oxide reinforcing particles. The erosion performance of these surfaces was evaluated under a flowing slurry to replicate the proposed in-service operating conditions. The influence of corrosion, erosion and synergy was measured using appropriate electrochemical techniques while post-test analysis incorporated extensive microstructural examination using a variety of different assessment techniques.
The findings of this research were published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals and conference proceedings. Tom was awarded the Best Final Year PhD student prize by the Armourers and Brasiers Trust and has also successfully applied for grants from the IMechE.
Tom joined Hawkins in July 2017 and is an Associate based in our Glasgow office.