I am a Reader in Structural Composites. I obtained my PhD in the area of computational mechanics of composite structures from the University of Birmingham, UK in 1997. As a Research Associate, I worked with the Aeronautics Department of Imperial College London, from 1997 to 2000. In late 2000, I became a Research Fellow with the School of Engineering Science at the University of Southampton. I joined the Aerospace Engineering Department of University of Bristol in early 2004. At the end of 2006, I was appointed Senior Lecturer by the University of Portsmouth.

I'm the leader of the research group of Materials, Structures and Geotechnics. I have more than 15 years of research experience in composites, and I've published over 50 internationally refereed journal and conference papers and a book chapter. I have been awarded about £350K external research funding. I am a member of the European Mechanics Society, a member of the research centre of the Defence Science and Technique Laboratory, and a member of the National Network Group for Composites in Construction. I'm also an active member of the review boards of six leading international journals.

Research interests

My research areas include computational damage mechanics of composites and its application in aerospace, civil, mechanical, maritime, automotive engineering and the renewable energy industry; design, simulation and test of complex fibre composite structures; composite panel systems in construction; sandwich composite panels in bridge decks; fracture toughness and fatigue strength of composites; composite-adhesive repairing techniques; bio-inspired design for improving damage resilience of composites; extended cohesive damage model in simulation of multi-crack propagation; extended digital image correlation method to detect multiscale damage in engineering materials, etc.