Roger Ainsworth

Master of St Catherine’s College and Professor of Engineering Science

Personal Details

Professor Roger W. Ainsworth MA, DPhil, FRAeS.
Master of St. Catherine’s College.

Contact Details

St. Catherine’s College
Manor Road
United Kingdom
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.

Research Interests

Measuring flows
Gas turbines
Laser velocimetry
History of technology