Paul graduated from Cambridge University in 1999 with a first class Masters degree in mechanical engineering. Since then, he has gained 13 years experience as an engineer in the rail industry, working for vehicle manufacturers and technical consultancies prior to joining the Rail Technology Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009.
His main area of expertise is railway vehicle dynamics and the wheel-rail interface, and Pauls work has included research and consultancy projects for a range of rail industry clients in the UK and worldwide. Several of these projects have focused on wheel and rail damage mechanisms including Rolling Contact Fatigue, wear and plastic flow.
Paul also has a broad practical railway background including manufacturing, commissioning, operations and maintenance. Paul is also involved in national and international railway standards development, safety approvals, risk and peer review work, and he has previously worked as a VAB/NOBO signatory for vehicle acceptance. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
In 2012, Paul transferred with all the Rail Technology Unit staff to the University of Huddersfield to form the new Institute of Railway Research.
Paul is currently working on a part-time PhD funded by the Rail Research UK Association, investigating railway wheel damage mechanisms and modelling techniques. This work is contributing to an improved understanding of wheel/rail damage mechanisms, giving cost and efficiency savings in managing these assets.
The groups research activities have included many EPSRC and EU funded projects including current projects: DYNOTRAIN which aims to increase the use of computer simulation in the introduction of new railway vehicles and SUSTRAIL and SPECTRUM which aim to increase modal shift of freight from road to rail.
The Institute of Railway Research receives external funding from research grants and industry, undertaking projects for Network Rail, the Rail Safety and Standards Board, London Underground and many other railway industry companies.
Undertaking a range of activities related to the IRRs research and enterprise activities; these include vehicle dynamics modelling using multi-body simulation software, development of computer code for data processing, measurements on railway vehicles and track, lab testing, bidding for work and funding, delivering reports and presentations at all levels.