Department of
Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

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Rowland Travis

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering



I joined the University of Nottingham as an academic in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering in 2019. I am the Programme Director of the Electro-mechanical Engineering Degree Level Apprenticeship (Level 6). I am also the departmental Admissions Tutor for Taught Postgraduate programmes (such as MSc courses).

From 2005 to 2019 I worked in Rolls-Royce plc within their Fuel Cell Systems group, initially leading the Design Analysis team before having roles as Fuel Cell Stack & Vessel Workpackage Owner and latterly as the Head of Business and Programme Management responsible for a team of ~30 and annual budget of £5M. I was also Programme Manager and Risk Coordinator for the global business LG Fuel Cell Systems owned jointly by Rolls-Royce and LG.

The transition to Rolls-Royce from Imperial College London was funded by a Royal Academy of Engineering award.

From 1991 to 2005 I was an academic at Imperial College London in the Mechanical Engineering department with research interests in the mechanical integrity of fuel cell systems and computer-aided design.

I studied for my PhD at University College London in the Mechanical Engineering department from 1987 to 1991.

Expertise Summary

Computer-Aided Design, and in particular free-form surfaces, often called Computer-Aided Geometric Design.

Mechanical integrity of fuel cell systems, ceramic materials and ion-conducting structures.

Design, operation and planning of fuel cell systems.

Teaching Summary

FHEA - Fellow, Advance HE

As programme director for the Electro-mechanical Engineering degree level apprenticeship (DLA), I teach in several modules on this programme.

I also convene the Individual Postgraduate Project module for our MSc students, and contribute to a number of design modules.

Department of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

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