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Dr Geoff Parks

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Geoff Parks

Reader in Nuclear Engineering

Academic Division: Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery

Research group: Energy

Telephone: +44 1223 7 48553

Email: gtp@eng.cam.ac.uk

Publications


Research interests

Dr Parks heads the Computational Design Group in the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre, which researches into the application of advanced optimisation methods to difficult real-world problems in a wide variety of application areas including aerodynamic, nuclear and structural engineering, in the development and application of multiobjective optimisation methods, and in the effective exploitation and integration of optimisation methods within the Engineering Design process.

Dr Parks also heads a burgeoning Future Nuclear Systems group which focuses on the analysis and design of potential future nuclear reactor systems and fuel cycles, especially from the reactor physics, thermal-hydraulic and fuel management perspectives. We have a particular interest in the exploitation of thorium-based fuels both in current (Gen 3+) and future (e.g. accelerator-driven sub-critical reactor and molten salt reactor) power generation technologies. We are also interested in other applications of nuclear technology, for instance: civil marine propulsion, radioisotope generation, and space applications.

Research projects

Integral Inherently Safe Light Water Reactor (I2S-LWR); Pumped Thermal Electricity Storage; Reinforced Concrete Half-joint Structures

Teaching activity

  • 3M1 (Mathematical Methods)
  • 4M16 (Nuclear Power Engineering)
  • 4M17 (Practical Optimization)
  • NE1 (Reactor Physics)

Other positions

Senior Tutor and Director of Studies in Engineering Part I at Jesus College

Biography

Geoff Parks received his BA in Engineering in 1984 and his PhD in Nuclear Engineering in 1989, both from the University of Cambridge. He is now a Reader in Nuclear Engineering at Cambridge. He is also Director of Studies in Engineering at Jesus College. He served as the College’s Sciences Admissions Tutor from 1997 to 2007 and as Director of Admissions for the Cambridge Colleges from 2003 to 2012. He is now the Senior Tutor at Jesus College.

Geoff heads the Computational Design Group in the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre, which researches into the effective exploitation and integration of computational analysis and optimisation methods within the Engineering Design process. He has long-standing interests in nuclear reactor design, operation and control with particular expertise in in-core fuel management, and has more recently developed interests in the exploitation of thorium for nuclear power generation.

Geoff is a trustee of the Social Mobility Foundation. From 2005 to 2014 he was a trustee of the Engineering Development Trust.