University Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Academic Division: Mechanics, Materials and Design
Research group: Engineering Design
Telephone: +44 1223 7 60502
Dr Symons is interested in the appropriate application of engineering science in the design of products. His technical areas of work have included solid/structural, fluid and particulate mechanics, including multi-phase flows. He particular enjoys collaborations with industry and has carried out research aiming to improve design processes in the fields of: centrifugal separators, medical devices (e.g. drug inhalers and injectors), timber construction, renewable energy, lattice materials and sports engineering.
Energy, transport and urban infrastructure
Process equipment; Structural timber
Inspiring research through industrial collaboration
Collaborations with industry including: Thomas Broadbent & Sons Ltd., Nordson Dage Ltd., Ramboll UK, Vestas Wind Energy Systems.
Design of dry powder inhalers; Design of centrifugal separators
Current teaching includes: Structural steelwork, Wind turbine design, Lego Mindstorms, Integrated Design Project (mobile robot).
PhD projects available in a range of product design areas.
- Chartered Engineer
- Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
After graduation from the University of Cambridge in 1994, Dr Symons was first employed as a structural engineer by Buro Happold Consulting Engineers. He moved to the University of Oxford to carry out research supported by Rolls-Royce Plc. and was awarded a D.Phil. in 1998 for work on composite materials. He returned to industry to work for Cambridge Consultants Ltd., and later Weston Medical Plc., on the design and development of medical devices before becoming a University Lecturer in 2002.