New Starter Julien Landel
Welcoming Julien Landel as Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
Dr. Julien Landel joined the School of Mathematics in October 2016, from The University of Cambridge, specialising in Environmental and Industrial Fluid Mechanics. We had a brief catch up with him to find out more about the School's newest Lecturer in Applied Mathematics.
Hi Julien, welcome to the School of Mathematics and Manchester! What were you working on at The University of Cambridge before moving to Manchester?
Thank you very much. I was at Cambridge for quite some time. During the last four years, I was a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge, and Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
I worked on the theoretical and experimental modelling of decontamination processes at surfaces ('dishwasher problems'). This work involved collaboration with chemists at Defence Science and Technology Lab (DSTL) for decontamination in military contexts. I have also worked on various problems ranging from oil leaks in the ocean, to superhydrophobic surfaces and particle-laden jets. Before that I did my PhD at the BP Institute and DAMTP, also in Cambridge, working on modelling pollution transport in river flows.
That sounds really interesting - it's fantastic to have you on board. How are you finding your role?
Thanks. It's exciting to discover the breadth of the research carried out in the School of Mathematics and I love being able to discuss so many different ideas with other researchers across a whole host of domains. I'm also looking forward to building up some experiments in the MCND lab, and developing collaborations with people at the School and across The University of Manchester.
We're glad you're enjoying it. How did you find your move from Manchester to Cambridge?
Well, I'm completely new to Manchester and the region in general, but I love it so far. I'm also really looking forward to explore more of the surrounding countyside, with the Peak District, the coast (the sea is always important for a Breton) and the Yorkshire Dales not far from the city. I enjoy hill walking and hiking - Manchester definitely has a lot more to offer than flast East Anglia!
We would definitely agree, Manchester is a great place with lots going on. What do you like to do when you're not working?
I love exploring new places, and travelling, so it's great that Manchester has such a great transport network. I also enjoy playing the piano, listening to music and reading books.
The School of Mathematics would like to wish Julien the very best of luck in this new role.