- Formerly, Senior Rolls-Royce Research Fellow, CU Dept of Engineering, Whittle Laboratory
Dr Ivor Day has been a member of Wolfson College for the past 27 years. Now that he is semi-retired, he is a member of the Emeritus Fellows Society. During his time at Wolfson, he has been a tutor, and has served on the College Council and the Bursarial Committee. He is also a founding member of the Contemporary Reading group. In the wider University context, he still works as an aerodynamicist at the Whittle Laboratory.
Ivor studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Natal in South Africa and then completed a PhD at Christ’s College in 1976. After this, he went back to South Africa to work in industry. In 1987 he returned to Cambridge for a specific three-year project and ended up staying a lifetime.
At the Whittle Laboratory, all his maintenance and research funding was provided by Rolls-Royce Aero-Engines. Apart from supervising PhD students, his work has been mainly experimental, concentrating on problems which are not yet amenable to numerical simulation. His main interest is in the aerodynamic stability of axial compressors, but he has also worked on unsteady combustion, tidal turbines and the reliability of jet engines in heavy rain.
Ivor has received the international “Gas Turbine Award” six times, the George Stephenson Prize and a Rolls-Royce best patent award. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the British Institution of Mechanical Engineers and, in 2010, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.