Professor Harvey Thompson

Professor Harvey Thompson


I have taught and led a range of Mechanical Engineering modules including Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Mechanics, Racecar Chassis Engineering, and Microfluidics and I am currently teaching modules on Aerodynamics, Design Optimisation and Engineering Computational Methods. I have previously been Director of Learning & Teaching (2006-2009), Director of Research & Innovation (2012-2016) and Head of School (2016-2021) within the School of Mechanical Engineering at Leeds.

Research interests

My research is focusses on Computational Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer, Machine Learning & Design Optimisation methods for energy-efficient products and processes and I have published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles in these areas. Recent examples include:

  • Microfluidic Flows for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) diagnostic systems
  • Liquid and cryogenic machining systems
  • Multi-disciplinary Design Optimisation of engine/electronics cooling systems
  • Physics-based corrosion modelling

with leading international companies, universities and research institutes (e.g. Rolls Royce, Sandvik, Parker Hannifin; Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre AMRC); Technische Universität München).

I have graduated 46 PhD students and am currently supervising 8 PhD students and have recently started working on EPSRC-funded projects on “New minimally-invasive technologies for the treatment of pancreatic cancer” and “Machining the Future with Supercritical CO2 and Minimum Quantity Lubrication”. 

My recent Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer activities include: Invited lecturer on AIMCAL European Coating Schools on Industrial Coating and Drying; Development of Super Impactor Crankcase Ventilator for diesel droplet filtration with Parker Hannifin – winner of Grand Prix and Green Product of the Year prizes at the 2012 British Engineering Excellence Awards; 2013 Green Enterprise IT Award for Facility Product Deployment (with Iceotope Ltd). I have also written Impact Case Studies on my flow modelling research for the last two Research Excellence Framework Exercises (REF2014 and REF2020).

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  • MA, Cantab, PhD, Leeds

Professional memberships

  • CEng, FIMechE. FRSS, Fellow. Higher Education Academy.

Student education

Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Engineering Mathematics, Mechanics, Engineering Computational Methods and Design Optimisation. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Thermofluids

Current postgraduate researchers

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