Trinity Hall Fellow to lead new engineering Centre for Doctoral Training


The University of Cambridge has received funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry partners to create five new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). The EPSRC CDT in Future Propulsion and Power will be led by Trinity Hall engineering Fellow, Dr Graham Pullan.

Dr Pullan said: “We are very excited about the launch of the new EPSRC CDT in Future Propulsion and Power. The Centre will provide at least 90 graduate students with the skills and knowledge they need to address the aero-propulsion and power generation challenges of the next decade.

“Our research will cover topics such as low emission engines, hybrid-electric propulsion, urban air mobility, high performance computing for high performance engines, AI-driven design.”

The CDT in Future Propulsion and Power is a collaboration between the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Loughborough and has been developed with the support of industry partners Rolls-Royce, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Siemens and Dyson. The Centre will train at least 90 PhD students over the next eight years, with the first cohort arriving in October this year. In total, the five new CDTs will support a minimum of 350 students. EPSRC is supporting a total of 75 new CDTs across the UK.

The five Cambridge-led CDTs are:

  • CDT in Future Propulsion and Power, led by Dr Graham Pullan (Department of Engineering)
  • CDT in Integrated Functional Nano (i4Nano), led by Professor Jeremy Baumberg (Department of Physics)
  • CDT in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2), led by Professor Abir Al-Tabbaa (Department of Engineering)
  • CDT in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future, led by Professor Clemens Kaminski (Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology)
  • CDT in Automated Chemical Synthesis Enabled by Digital Molecular Technologies, led by Professor Matthew Gaunt (Department of Chemistry)