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Dr Joanna Szmelter

Dr Joanna Szmelter 

is a Reader in Computational Fluid and Solid Dynamics at the University of Loughborough, UK. In ESCAPE, she is the co-leader of WP1, focusing on unstructured meshes.

Joanna Szmelter moved to Loughborough University from Cranfield University, Royal Military College of Science, in October 2006, where she was a senior lecturer in the Ballistics and CFD Centre.

Prior to this she was in charge of the Aerodynamic Technology Group at BAe Airbus Ltd. She chaired BAe working groups in Unsteady Aerodynamics (1992–96), the Co-ordination for Unstructured Meshes (1994-95) and the Euler Core Team (1994-95). She was also a member of the BAe Fluid Mechanics Sub-committee (1994-96), the UK Advisory Group for Computational Fluid Mechanics (1994-96), BAe representative in the Airbus Industries Unsteady Aerodynamics Working Group at Toulouse (1993-95) and BAe Coordinator for the tripartite Consortium between BAe, Rolls-Royce and DRA for joint unstructured meshes-based CFD technology development (1994-95).

She gained her PhD and worked as a senior research assistant at Swansea University, Dept. of Civil Engineering.

Farnoush Ataei is a PhD student at the Faculty of Physics,  University of Warsaw, Poland.

Simultaneously she has been employed at IMGW in the team developing COSMO Model for regional weather prediction over Europe.  Her main duties include model output analysis and investigation of the new “EULAG” dynamical core of COSMO in mountainous terrain.

She has earned her Master degree in Meteorology in 2014 at University of Tehran, Iran.

In her thesis, using WRF/Chem model, she investigated the distribution and radiative forcings  of mineral dust on the global and regional (middle east) scales.

Nicole Firth is a CAD Engineer and Project Manager at Optalysys Ltd., UK. In ESCAPE she is working on WP3 as part of the Optalysys team exploring what functions may be implemented using the Optalysys optical processing technology.
Nicole began her career working in the CAD department of UK race car manufacture Ginetta Cars in Leeds, UK, after studying for a HNC in Mechanical Engineering. There she gained engineering experience whilst studying Mechanical Engineering as an Apprentice. Upon successful completion of her apprenticeship, Nicole joined optical processing company Optalysys, initially as a CAD Engineer, involved in the design of the GENESYS optical genetic alignment platform. She now has extended her roles to encompass project management to cover all the main focus areas of the company.