Professor David Nowell

Professor of Engineering Science

Professor David Nowell
Department of Engineering Science,
University of Oxford,
Parks Road,
+44 1865 2 73184


  • D.Phil in Fretting Fatigue, University of Oxford (1988)
  • Advanced Course in Production Methods and Management, Universities of Cambridge and Lancaster, UK (1983)
  • BA in Engineering, University of Cambridge (1982)

Research interests

  • Fatigue and fracture
  • Contact, friction, and contact fatigue
  • Impact
  • Surface treatment and residual stress
  • Experimental mechanics

Other appointments

  • Official Student (i.e. tutorial fellow) at Christ Church
  • Member of ISTA register (Defence Scientific Advisory Committee)
  • Consultant: Rolls-Royce plc
  • Editor of the Journal of Strain Analysis

Recent Publications

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Institutional activities

  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member, ASME Research Committee on Mechanics of Jointed Structures
  • Member of I.Mech.E. Publications Panel