Andrew Clarke


I completed a BEng (Hons) in General Engineering with the Open University whilst employed full time. I studied modules including Fluid Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics and Nano Technology. I was previously employed in the Royal Air Force as an ICT Systems Supervisor, where I was responsible for a team of up to ten technicians both in the UK and on operations abroad. My work involved the deployment, installation, and repair of technical communications equipment, along with training and mentoring of junior personnel.

Research Interests

My area of research is the use of new numerical algorithms to unlock the computing power of high performance computer (HPC) systems. My project focuses on the ability of novel parallel-in-time methods to speed up simulations of problems in magnetohydrodynamics on supercomputers. I am looking specifically at the generation of magnetic fields in stars and planets using the kinematic dynamo model. My general research interests include numerical methods, geophysical fluid dynamics, and high performance computing.

Why I chose the CDT in Fluid Dynamics

One of the benefits of the CDT is the ability to see a wide range of applications and methods before picking an area to specialize in. The cohort nature of the school was a big draw for me, as teamwork was a big part of my previous career, and I see this as very beneficial.