Krzysztof Kubiak

Krzysztof Kubiak


My journey in engineering started with my first degree in material science and continued with PhD in tribology and fretting. Later on my interest shifted towards manufacturing and fluid dynamics. I have experience in experimental and numerical research with particular focus on automotive engineering. Modern cars are combination of mechanical, electrical and computer science and engineering with hybrid, electric and self-driving vehicles gaining more and more market share every year. I am finding it very exciting to be able to participate in this new revolution and to educate future automotive engineers.

  • PhD (2006) in Materials Engineering and Tribology from the Laboratoire de Tribologie et Dynamique des Systemes (LTDS), Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France,
  • DSc dissertation (2012) in Material Science and CFD from the University of Valenciennes in France,
  • Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering at the University of Huddersfield in the School of Computing and Engineering,
  • Lecturer in Manufacturing at the University of Liverpool in the School of Engineering,
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Valenciennes in France,
  • Chartered Engineer of IMechE (CEng) and Member of Institute of Physics (MInstP) in UK,
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy in UK,
  • Member of Polish Academy of Science.


  • Programme Manager for Automotive Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor for Leeds Gryphon Racing Team

Research interests

  • Surface metrology and functional surfaces manufacturing,
  • Additive manufacturing - Inkjet & 3D Printing,
  • Wettability of surfaces and influence of surface roughness,
  • Contact angle hysteresis modelling using Lattice Boltzmann method,
  • High Performance Computing,
  • Static and dynamic wetting,
  • Surface roughness in tribology and fretting.

Areas of PhD supervision

  • Surface metrology and functional surfaces,
  • Tribology, wear of materials and fretting,
  • Fluid dynamics, droplets deposition, wettability, evaporation.
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  • DSc, University of Valenciennes, France
  • PhD, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France
  • MSc Eng, Technical University of Lodz, Poland

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Member of the Institute of Physics
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Polish Academy of Science

Student education


Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Thermofluids

Current postgraduate researchers

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