Personal profile


I am a Reader in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, UK. My activities and interests are in the fields of biomimetic design, mechanical metamaterials and composites engineering. I research a number of different biological organisms from a structure-properties perspective, and am active in developing mechanical materials and multi-body systems.


  • 2020 - Elected Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE)
  • 2019 - Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB)
  • 2017 - Professional Registration as Chartered Engineer
  • 2016 - Senior Marie Curie Fellow (Marie Curie Very Experienced Researcher) - 2016-2018
  • 2015 - Elected Fellow of the Insitute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM)

Education/Academic qualification

Professional Certificate in Innovation and Technology, MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Award Date: 1 Jun 2017

Docent, Habilitation, Abo Akademi University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Mechanical Engineering - Structural Mechanics, University of Bath

Award Date: 25 Nov 2004

Bachelor of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Bath

Award Date: 21 Jun 2000

External positions

Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada

25 Sept 2023 → …

Chair of the Natural Materials Group, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)

1 Aug 2023 → …

Adjunct Professor of Composite Materials and Biostructures, Abo Akademi University

1 Jul 2013 → …


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