Dr Neil Ashton is a Senior Researcher with a particular focus on Computational Aerodynamics. His research focuses on both fundamental and applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), with a focus on developing improved turbulence models and approaches for complex industrial simulations. He has worked on a number of EU projects with leading companies such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Volkswagen and DLR to develop new turbulence models suitable for complex industrial flows.
He completed his MEng and PhD at the University of Manchester and later worked at the Lotus Formula 1 team, where he was responsible for helping to develop the CFD and HPC methodology for the aerodynamic department. Since returning to academia he has focused on developing improved CFD methods and software to enable a truly virtual design process using large-scale HPC facilities. He has given invited talks at NASA, Boeing, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre and others on his work and was recently a visiting scientist at NASA Ames Research Centre.
He is a Chartered Engineer through the IMechE and a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He has also written for a number of leading international science magazines on science and engineering
Dr Neil Ashton is also the leader of the EPSRC UKFN Special Interest Group on High-Speed Computational Fluid Dynamics.
Computational Fluid Dynamics