Professor Nigel Weatherill - biography
Professor Weatherill was born in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire and attended Whitcliffe Mount Grammar School. He was an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Southampton where he read Mathematics and Aeronautics and obtained a PhD in the Department of Mathematics for his work in magnetohydrodynamics. After leaving Southampton, he joined the Research Team of the Anglian Water Authority where he developed mathematical models to predict water quality in rivers and estuaries, before moving to the aerospace sector to undertake research on compressible flows at the Aircraft Research Association, Bedford. In 1986 he was a Research Fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, USA and on his return to the UK was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at Swansea University in 1987. He was promoted to a Personal Chair in 1995 and became Head of Department in 1996. In 2001 the Engineering Departments at Swansea were integrated and Professor Weatherill was appointed Head of the School of Engineering, a post that he held until November 2007. In 2002 he was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor with the responsibility for research, a post he held until moving to the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Science at the University of Birmingham in May 2008. In September 2011 he took up the position of Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.
Professor Weatherill has undertaken research visits to many countries and was appointed Adjunct Professor at the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centre in Mississippi where he spent the year in 2001. For three years he was Scientist-in-Residence at the Institute for High Performance Computing in Singapore. He has over 300 publications in journals and conference papers. He is the Co-Editor of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids published by Wileys. His main research interests are in high speed compressible flows of relevance to aerospace engineering but has also published work in the areas of environmental modeling and bio-engineering.
He has worked with business and industry throughout his career, working with both large multi-national companies and SMEs in the UK and overseas. He has a passion for teaching and has taught a wide range of topics from mathematics to project management. Whilst at the University of Birmingham he was the executive lead of the National HE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Programme for England and Wales. The aims of the project were to promote and widen access to HE in STEM disciplines, innovative curriculum development and STEM skills for employment.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications. He is a Chartered Mathematician, Chartered Engineer and Chartered Scientist. In 1996 he was awarded a DSc from the University of Southampton for his work on computational fluid dynamics. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Professor Weatherill is married to Barbara and has two children, George and Laura. Outside work his interests include fly-fishing, hill walking and music.