Thomas Sykes

Thomas Sykes

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I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2016, with a BSc degree in Mathematics. During my undergraduate degree, I particularly enjoyed the three modules in fluid dynamics I studied, and applied mathematics in general. Throughout, I aimed to give myself a well-rounded education in mathematics by studying modules spanning all areas of the subject, including statistics and pure mathematics.

In the summer of 2015, I undertook a research project entitled 'Anonymisation of Healthcare Records' at the University of Leeds. During the project, I was based in an inter-disciplinary research centre, the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA), alongside a diverse range of researchers. This experience demonstrated the importance of the multidisciplinary approach to me, and made me keen to pursue postgraduate research. For my final year project, I studied Monte Carlo Methods, which are a set computational methods which use repeated random sampling to evaluate numerical results.

Research Interests

My initial interest in fluid dynamics was sparked by a love of both Formula 1 and the aerospace industry. I am also interested in environmental flows.

As for a project for my PhD, given my broad interest in the subject area, I am open-minded. Indeed, I am eager to explore as many areas of fluid dynamics as possible during my first few months in the CDT. However, I am keen to find a project with an industrial collaborator. I believe that this would enable me to have a wider range of experiences and am excited about the possibility of applying academic knowledge directly to problems faced by industry.

Why I chose the CDT in Fluid Dynamics

My main reason for studying in the CDT is the multidisciplinary environment, including links with industry.

I was also attracted by the cohort based nature of the CDT, with a community of fluid dynamics postgraduate researchers studying various strands of the subject. I hope one effect of being part of this community is that it will allow me to better understand and appreciate areas of the fluid dynamics not directly related to my own research area.

The integrated nature of the MSc phase will enable me to explore many areas of fluid dynamics, so that I can make an informed decision about my PhD project. It also gives me the opportunity to improve my experimental, numerical and computational skills before embarking on my PhD, with a phased transition away from taught studies.