Master of St Catherine’s College and Professor of Engineering Science
Professor Roger W. Ainsworth MA, DPhil, FRAeS.
Master of St. Catherine’s College.
St. Catherine’s College
Tel: +44 (0)1865 271700
Roger Ainsworth became Master of St Catherine’s in October 2002, having been a Fellow in Engineering of the College since 1985. Originally he trained as an undergraduate apprentice at Rolls-Royce Aeroengines in Derby, before attending Jesus College Oxford as an undergraduate and postgraduate, where he obtained his D.Phil in 1976.
After this, he spent ten years in industry, working for Rolls-Royce and also the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell, Roger returned to Oxford to continue his research in the field of aeroengine thermofluid flows. His main research interests have been in the development of experimental techniques for measuring flows in the transonic regime, particularly applied to gas turbines. Other areas of interest have included the development of laser velocimetry techniques, and the history of technology, particularly the role of mechanical engineers in developing and inventing new machines.
History of technology