Robert Whittaker

Dr

  • 1.01A Sciences

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PhD projects

For details, please see http://robert.mathmos.net/research/phd-projects/

Personal profile

Academic Background

Robert Whittaker is an applied mathematician, specialising in fluid mechanics. His research generally involves the application of continuum-mechanics modelling and asymptotic methods to problems of industrial, biological or geophysical relevance.

Website: https://robert.mathmos.net/research/

Follow this link for details of current PhD opportunities in Mathematics. But feel free to email Dr Whittaker to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

Administrative Posts

  • Director of Admissions for the School of Mathematics (2021-)
  • Y3/4 Teaching Coordinator for the School of Mathematics (2019-)

Career

  • Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, University of East Anglia (2010– )
  • Departmental Lecturer, University of Oxford (2009–2010)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oxford (2007–2010 )
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Nottingham (2006–2007)
  • PhD Student, University of Cambridge (2002–2006)

Key Research Interests

Robert Whittaker's research generally involves the application of continuum-mechanics modelling and asymptotic methods to problems of industrial, biological or geophysical relevance. Areas and applications in which he has a particular interest include:

  • Instabilities in pipe and channel flow
  • Flow in curved pipes
  • Tissue engineering
  • Convection in the Earth's mantle

Research Group or Lab Membership

Areas of Expertise

General fluid mechanics; mathematical modelling of industrial and biological problems. Instabilities of flow in elastic-walled tubes (with applications to blood vessels), stability of Plateau borders in foams.

Teaching Interests

Dr Whittaker has taught a range of applied mathematics courses, including: first-year problem solving, first-year calculus, second-year differential equations, third-year waves, third-year PDEs, and fourth-year viscous fluid mechanics.

He is also Module Organiser for the 3rd and 4th year mathematics project modules, and gives a graduate course on Advanced LaTeX.

Key Responsibilities

  • MTH Website Editor
  • MTH Y3/4 Coordinator