Dr Mark Wilson

Dr Mark Wilson


Following my first degree in Maths and Physics, I completed a PhD that was based in Applied Maths but connected with Mechanical Engineering, focusing on modelling free-surface flows and industrial coating flows. From there I moved into Mechanical Engineering (as that's where the most interesting problems are!) and worked on a series of post-doctoral research projects on mixing, wetting and other aspects of fluid mechanics before taking up an RCUK Academic Fellowship. I have been an academic in the School of Mechanical Engineering since September 2010, and I am active in both teaching and research. From 2012 to 2015 I was also the Admissions Tutor for the School. I am presently the Director of the Institute of Thermofluids within the School, as well as being the School’s Assessment Lead.


  • Director of the Institute of Thermofluids
  • Assessment Lead

Research interests

My research interests are quite diverse, but could perhaps be grouped under the heading of 'computational mechanics' since my work is mainly focused on mathematical modelling and computer simulation in both fluid and solid systems. Some specific research areas include:

  • droplet dynamics, including inkjet printing and manufacturing, fuel filtration, evaporation and drying
  • the interactions of liquids and liquid-fluid interfaces with simple and complex solid surfaces - i.e. wetting phenomena
  • tribology, particularly boundary and mixed lubrication modelling
  • the influence of fluid flow on mass transport, mixing, heat transfer and other phenomena such as chemical reactions
  • industrial fluid flows, including continuous and discrete coating processes, thin film flows
  • mechanics of the eye, specifically macular hole formation and closure
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  • BSc (Maths and Physics Joint Honours, 1st class)
  • PhD (Applied Maths), Leeds
  • CEng

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
  • Member of EUROMECH (European Mechanics Society)
  • Chair of the IMechE Thermofluids Group

Student education

I currently teach part of Engineering Mechanics (MECH2610), and I am the module leader for MECH5870M. I am also a personal tutor, and supervisor of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. As the School’s Assessment Lead, I am responsible for oversight of the assessment processes within the School, and chair the School’s Special Circumstances Committee.

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Functional Surfaces
  • Institute of Thermofluids

Current postgraduate researchers

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