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Dr David Holmes
Senior Lecturer - Mechanical Design & Manufacturing
Science and Engineering Faculty,
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
Discipline *
Interdisciplinary Engineering, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Numerical and Computational Mathematics
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Doctor of Philosophy (James Cook Uni. of North Qld)

Professional memberships
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  • Member of the Laboratory for Advanced Modelling and Simulation in Engineering and Science (LAMSES) Group of the Queensland University of Technology – link
  • Member of MIT Geonumerics Group

Numerical Methods, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, Parallel Architectures, Curriculum Mapping, Mechanical Engineering, Design, Finite Element Analysis, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Constitutive Model, Finite Element Method

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr David Holmes is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Design & Manufacturing at Queensland University of Technology. Dr Holmes holds a B.Eng(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics from James Cook University, specializing in the development and implementation of numerical simulation algorithms.

His current research centers around the development of multi-phase, multi-physics numerical simulation software for application to a wide range of problems including flows through porous media and biomedical research. Dr Holmes also work on the development of new image processing methods for biomedical geometry recognition, the development of programmatic frameworks for deployment of physics applications on parallel hardware architectures, and a range of pedagogical developments in higher education.

Specialties: Numerical simulation, mesh-free particle methods, smooth particle hydrodynamics (SPH), finite difference (FD), discrete element method (DEM), finite element method (FEM), ANSYS, Fluent, enhanced oil recovery, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), image processing, curriculum mapping, software development, programming for high performance computing architectures like multi-core and GPGPU.

Career History

  • 2017 – Present: Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Design & Manufacturing, QUT, Brisbane QLD
  • 2012 – 2017: Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator, Mechanical Engineering, JCU, Townsville QLD
  • 2010 – 2012: Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, JCU, Townsville QLD
  • 2009 – 2010: Saudi Aramco Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, Cambridge MA (USA)
  • 2008 – 2009: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, Cambridge MA (USA)
  • 2007: Consulting Engineering, Rockfield Technologies Australia, Townsville QLD
  • 2004 – 2007: Doctoral Candidate and Casual Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, JCU, Townsville QLD

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Teaching area: Mechanical Design & Manufacturing within the discipline of Mechanical Engineering, focusing on:

  • Mechanical design
  • Machine component design
  • Numerical methods and Finite Element Analysis
  • Teamwork and design project management
  • Systems engineering
  • Manufacturing in design
  • Solid modelling and computer assisted design

Teaching Philosophy: Using industry focused blended and project based learning experiences to effectively equip mechanical engineering students for professional practice. Subjects taught:

Teaching awards:

  • 2016: National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Office for Learning and Teaching): Designing Excellence: Empowering mechanical engineers through an intentional industry-driven curricula enactment that assures professional readiness in highly employable graduates.
  • 2013: University Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (James Cook University): For development and implementation of a top-down curriculum overhaul of the mechanical design sub-disciplinary stream, enhancing the practical engineering design capabilities of graduates.
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