Nick Martin

North Shields · Newcastle upon Tyne, NE29 ·

Experienced aerodynamicist, data analyst and computer programmer. Interests including: flow control, plasma actuators, synthetic jets, machine learning, surrogate modelling and robotics.


Senior Lecture in Aerodynamics

Northumbria University

Delivering the teaching and learning content for undergraduate modules including: Numerical and analytical dynamics (with Python), Vehicle performance modelling and Vehicle aerodynamics. Conducting research into aerodynamics with machine learning applications, current research interests include: vehicle platooning and control, machine learning surrogate modelling for experimental data, synthetic jet and plasma actuators.

July 2017 - Present


Williams F1

Developing sophisticated, predictive models of the aerodynamics of the formula one car. Creating software tools to for visualisation and analysis of wind tunnel data, with exposure to C++, C# and Python. Applying machine learning techniques to large wind tunnel datasets in order to improve race car performance. Designing, wind tunnel testing and analysing aerodynamic components of the race car.

April 2013 - July 2017

Postgraduate Researcher

University of Surrey

Researching synthetic jet actuators and their application to aerodynamic flow control. Commissioning and ongoing development of the low speed aerodynamics wind tunnel at the University of Surrey. Writing and maintaining data acquisition and analysis software for complex turbulent flow measurement.

September 2009 - April 2013


University of Surrey

PhD Aerodynamics
Thesis - Modelling, Design and Implementation of Synthetic Jets for Flow Control

September 2009 - April 2013

University of Surrey

Aerospace Engineering

First Class (Hons)

September 2005 - June 2009


Programming Languages & Software
  • Python, TensorFlow, C++, C#, Javascript, Matlab, Java, R, Processing, LabView
  • OpenFOAM, Star-CCM+, ParaView
  • CATIA, NX, Onshape


Outside my work interests, I enjoy being outdoors and being active. I am a keen cyclist and dinghy sailor and like nothing more that walking around the Northumberland coastline and countryside.

I also like to take my progamming interests home with me, I like playing with robotics, analysing data and creating interesting visualisations. I'm a very amateur pianist.

Publications & Awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Royal Aeronautical Society Cody Prize
  • University of Surrey Hector Wainwright Prize
  • Journal of Aerospace Engineering - Experimental Flow Control Using Synthetic Jet Actuators (2019)
  • AIAA Journal - Switching of a Bistable Diverter Valve with Synthetic Jet Actuators (2014)
  • Journal of Fluid Mechanics - Tracer particle momentum effects in vortex flows (2013)