James Macdonald

Doctoral Student



James graduated from the University of Leeds in 2016 with a first class Meng degree in mechanical engineering.


His third year individual project involved the modelling of cooling systems in microelectronics. This project considered the occurrence of high temperature failure in computing equipment and the minimization of cooling system power usage.


His final year team project involved the design and specification of a ‘first of it’s kind’ experimental rig to investigate the process of chip evacuation during the deep hole drilling of metals. He was involved with the design of the power train and the control system of the experimental rig.


His undergraduate program covered topics such as surface engineering, mechatronics and additive manufacturing. His current research interests involve the development of photonic systems, functional surfaces and precision additive manufacture techniques.


James is a keen mountaineer and musician, he is active in the student society Engineers Without Borders at Cambridge University. He is a student affiliate of The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and The Energy Institute.

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