• Matthew Smith

  • Theme:Chemical Energy Converters
  • Project:Advanced Air Supply and Energy Recovery Systems for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles
  • Supervisor:Tom Fletcher
  • Industry Partner: Cummins Turbo Technologies
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Matthew recently received a Distinction in MSc Automotive Engineering from Coventry University after graduating with a First Class Honours in BEng Aerospace Technology in 2020. He has a devotion to his industrial and academic career, with experience in teaching assistance as a Student Proctor whilst studying at Coventry University, drawing on knowledge gained from a 1-year design internship in the automotive industry. He is particularly enthusiastic about the physical, mechanical, and thermal areas of automotive engineering, such as aerodynamics and propulsion.

In the fourth year of his bachelor's degree, his final project and supporting dissertation titled 'Parameterisation of a Glider Empennage' involved the use of CAD and MATLAB scripting to create a tool which creates aircraft tail designs using a set of input criteria, provided by the user of the tool. The following year, he finalised his master's degree in automotive engineering by revisiting aerodynamics in a project titled 'An Investigation into the Aerodynamic Characteristics of Bluff Bodies in a Vehicle Platoon', which provided numerical and experimental data on the effects of vehicle geometry on the aerodynamic performance of vehicles in close proximity. During his PhD, Matthew will apply his knowledge and experience of fluid dynamics, automotive design, and thermodynamics to the Chemical Energy Converters research theme at AAPS, whilst taking opportunities to revisit his passion for teaching.

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Thames Valley Institute of Advanced Motorists roadshow Presenter

Two three hour public engagement event with activities to raise awareness about AAPS, batteries, EVs and future of driving.



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