Academic Staff


 Dr Bill Proud

  Dr Bill Proud
  +44 (0)20 759 45898

Bill Proud initially trained as a Chemist, moving into the field of Shock Physics during research undertaken at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge from 1994.  This research initially concentrated on propellant combustion then expanded to include Shock Physics and a wider area of material response to stress.  He was appointed Head of the Fracture and Shock Physics Group at Cambridge in 2003.  During his time at Cambridge he performed research for QinetiQ, EPSRC, AWE and de Beers, amongst others. Bill has also been actively involved in educational and outreach projects, giving many public lectures, including the Cavendish National Science Week Lecture in 2005, and has been chair of the Cambridge Physics Centre and of the local branch of the Institute of Physics.  He has received several prizes and awards including the UK National Award for High-Speed Photography and Photonics and the Schardin Medal for High-Speed Photography in 2004.

Dr Daniel Eakins

  Dr Daniel Eakins
  Deputy Director
  +44 (0)20 759 45982

Dan Eakins joined Imperial College from Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he studied optical diagnostics for laser-driven shock physics experiments, and investigated the kinetics of shock-induced phase transformations in silicon.  He was awarded his Ph.D. in May of 2008 from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he investigated dynamic metal plasticity at intermediate strain-rates, the shock compression of metal powders, and shock-induced reactions in nickel-aluminum powder mixtures. He has been recognised with several awards, including the National Defence Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG), and LANL Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship.  Dan has served as an At-Large Executive Committee Member for the American Physical Society's GSCCM, and currently sits on the Governing Board of DYMAT.

Dr Simon Bland

  Dr Simon Bland
  +44 (0)20 759 47650
  Personal webpage

Simon Bland works for both the Institute of Shock Physics and the Plasma Physics Research Group at Imperial College London. He received a MSci. Degree in Physics from Imperial in 1997, and in 2001 completed his Ph.D. dissertation on the Dynamics of Wire Array Z-Pinch Implosions within the Plasma Physis Group. From 2001 until 2007 he worked as a Research Associate and then Research Fellow in the Group, taking charge of the day to day operations on the in-house 2MA MAGPIE generator. In 2007 he was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship to pursue his studies of high energy density physics experiments driven by the radiation and plasma produced by wire array z-pinches. Over the Course of his career he has authored/co-authored more than 50 published journal papers, including several in PRL and MNRAS. He has spoken at multiple conferences and science festivals, and enjoys showing the public the Plasma Physics Group's work.

Professor Steve Rose

  Professor Steve Rose
  Founding Director
   +44 (0)20 759 47635

Steve Rose joined Imperial College as the Head of Plasma Physics in December 2006,  a post he held until September 2012. He became the Director for the Institute in 2009, and became the Founding Director in 2010. He has worked in plasma physics for all his career, with a particular emphasis on plasmas produced using high-power lasers. Much of this time was spent at the two high-power laser facilities in the UK; the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory's Central Laser Facility, where he became the Associate Director for Physics, and at AWE where he was the Head of Plasma Physics. In October 2011 he was appointed to the post of Deputy Principal (now Vice-Dean) of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College.

Professor Roland Smith

  Professor Roland Smith
  Head of Plasma Physics Group
  +44 (0)20 759 47866

Roland Smith is Professor of Laser Physics and rejoined Plasma Physics (which hosts the ISP) as Head of Group after spending some 25 years working in the Quantum Optics and Laser Science Group at Imperial College.  The two research groups have strong areas of common interest, particularly in the creation and use of advanced high-power laser systems to study matter under extreme conditions of temperature, pressure and magnetic fields.  Much of this work at Imperial College is conducted in collaboration with Blackett Laboratory Laser Consortium, where he is associated director.  He is an experimental physicist with research interests including high power and ultra-short pulse laser development, experimental laser matter interaction physics (particularly with atomic cluster and nanoscale targets), laboratory based experimental astrophysics and attoscience.  He is Director of the high-energy Cerberus laser system which will be used as a shock driver in forthcoming joint experiments with the ISP.

Associate Academic Members

Dr Gareth Collins  Dr Gareth Collins
  Reader in Planetary Science
  Department of Earth Science & Engineering

Impact is a fundamental solar system process: it builds planets from dust, it shapes planetary surfaces, it causes mass extinction and it threatens the survival of humankind. Gareth’s research explores the many consequences of impacts in the solar system through the development and application of numerical impact models. His interests include all aspects of impact cratering and other, related violent geologic processes. Gareth develops and uses numerical models to study impact processes, their consequences on Earth and in our Solar System, and related large, rapid, violent geologic processes, such as large rock avalanches.

Professor John Dear  Professor John Dear
  Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professor John Dear has been an academic for 25 years in the Mechanics of Materials Division of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. John has been successful in obtaining research grants worth a total of over £7 million from the UK and US government (EPSRC, ONR, MRC & DTI/TSB), European Commission, UK and overseas companies. His research expertise is structural integrity of materials including manufacturing and micro-structural effects. He has published over 200 papers; contributed to 10 books, supervised 42 PhDs and 12 RAs. Examples include: creep life of materials in power-station plant, aerospace and automotive components, water distribution plant and high-strain rate properties of composite and a wide range of other materials for defence applications and also for medical research.

Dr David Dye  Dr David Dye
  Reader in Metallurgy
  Department of Materials

Dr David Dye joined the Department of Materials at Imperial in 2003 from the National Research Council in Chalk River, Canada. His research interests focus on the micromechanics of jet engine, aircraft and reactor materials, particularly superalloys, titanium and zirconium. His group works on problems across the life-cycle from alloy design to processing to fatigue and failure. A lot of the work involves advanced TEM techniques, complementing work at neutron and synchrotron major facilities like ISIS, Diamond, ESRF and SNS. He has also begun to perform ps-duration X-ray experiments at LCLS on shock physics.  He has graduated 16 PhD students and is widely cited for his work of titanium and nickel alloys. In 2010 David was awarded the IOM3 Harvey Flower Titanium Prize.

Professor Lorenzo Iannucci  Professor Lorenzo Iannucci
  Professor of Advanced Structural Design
  Department of Aeronautics

Professor Lorenzo Iannucci joined the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial in 1998 and currently holds the RAEng/DSTL chair on multi-scale composite design. Lorenzo’s research interests lie in material and modelling techniques relevant to dynamic analyses, low to high velocity impact testing and modelling using LS-DYNA, ABAQUS and DYNA3D, genetic algorithms for impact optimisations, and design of UAV and morphing structures. Lorenzo has introduced the DYNA suite of codes as a tool which can be used on a range of highly non-linear design problems. He has implemented several new composite material models into the codes, which have been used on a range of projects, both in industry and within the department. He is currently involved in research funded by the CEC, EPRSC, DSTL and the TSB.

Dr Spyros Masouros  Dr Spyros Masouros
  Lecturer n Trauma Biomechanics
  +44 (0)20 759 47650

Spyros is the Biomechanics Theme Lead for the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injuries Studies at Imperial College London. He received his first degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2004 from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and his PhD in biomechanics in 2008 from Imperial. Since then Spyros has worked in and supervised projects related to finite element (FE) modelling of human joints, material characterisation of soft tissues of joints, physical models of lower limb injury and their mitigation, design of arthroscopic devices, and engineering education. Between 2010-12 Spyros was the ABF The Soldiers' Charity Research Fellow, acting as the engineering lead within a multidisciplinary group comprising clinicians, scientists and engineers, looking primarily at lower limb injury mechanics and injury mitigation technologies. This motif has carried over since the Fellowship, only now in addition to the lower extremity his research interest is also on injury to the pelvis and the spine.

Research Associates

Research Associates

+44 (0)20 7594 1344

Dr David Chapman

Dr Joao Pedro Duarte

Dr Lukasz Farbaniec 

Dr Gareth Tear 

Dr Thuy Tien Nguyen

ISP Alumni RA's

Tom White (Research Associate)

PhD Students

PhD Students

Danyal Choudhury - CBIS PhD email
Emilio Escauriza - ESRF/FLF PhD email
Liam Smith - AWE-CASE PhD email
Jordan Homan - 1851 Fellowship/Ind PhD email
George Rowland - FLF PhD email
Stephen Ball ISP AWE-CASE PhD email
Jon Glanville Ind PhD email
Craig Hoing Ind PhD email
Jasmina Music ISP PhD email
Thomas Ota email
Jack Patten - HEXMAT PhD email
Michael E. Rutherford ISP PhD (see also Michael Rutherford's personal web page) email
David Sory ISP PhD email
John Winters ISP PhD (see also John Winters' personal web page) email
PhD Students


Gareth Tear ISP PhD
Thuy-Tien (Luz) Ngoc Nguyen ISP PhD
Amnah Khan ISP PhD
Samuel Stafford ISP PhD
Laura Chen ISP PhD

Mark Collinson ISP PhD

Dr David Jones ISP PhD
Marcus Weinwurm
Dr. Chiara Bo
Dr. William Neal
James De'Ath (MPhil)

Other Institute Staff


David Pitman
Instrumentation Technician
Physics Department
+44 (0)20 7594 7877

Rob Denning
Mechanical Workshop Technician
Physics Department
+44 (0)20 7594 7877

Institute Administrator

Ciara Mulholland 
+44 (0)20 759 41343