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Department of Engineering

Dr David Hawes


David Hawes

Research Associate in Shock Induced Vibration

Academic Division: Mechanics, Materials and Design

Research group: Applied Mechanics

Telephone: +44 1223 7 48522



Research interests

  • Random vibration theory
  • Nonlinear vibration theory
  • Energy harvesting
  • Statistical energy analysis
  • Shock Induced Vibration


  • Numerical methods for calculating the response of a deterministic and stochastically excited Duffing oscillator, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Part C, 2015
  • Limits on the power available to harvest from broadband random excitation (submitted)

Teaching activity

Third year supervisions in dynamics and vibrations (IIB Papers 3C5 and 3C6)

Second year supervisions in thermofluid mechanics and information engineering (IB Papers 4 and 6)


After graduating in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2012, I worked for a brief spell in engineering consultancy before returning to Cambridge to study for a PhD in nonlinear stochastic vibration applied to energy harvesting with Prof. Robin Langley. In 2016 I started as a post doctoral researcher in transient statistical energy analysis funded by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.