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Jonathan Ridley

Head of Engineering

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering


After qualifying with a degree in BEng (Hons) Yacht and Powercraft Design, Jonathan worked for the Defence Evaluation Research Agency (DERA) and later QinetiQ at Haslar. In this role he worked with both experimental and computational fluid hydrodynamics ranging from CFD application and validation and consultancy to scale model and towing tank testing. He did this on a wide range of vessels from IACC 72 yachts to submarines and large civil and military vessels.

Following this Jonathan joined Warsash Maritime Academy, teaching naval architecture and ship stability on both the navigation and engineering programmes to both cadets and senior officers in the Merchant Navy. In this role Jonathan also provided consultancy services covering education, training and assessment for the industry. During this time Jonathan became the principal lecturer (operations), with responsibility for management of the cadets and student support. He was also responsible for academic liaison with sponsoring organisations and shipping companies.

In 2014, Jonathan co-authored 'Reeds Volume13 Ship Stability, Powering and Resistance', part of the renowned Reeds Marine Engineering and Technology Series.

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Further information

Industry experience

Jonathan has industrial experience of experimental and computational fluid dynamics. He also has experience of providing professional assessment and marking to industry bodies to assess practical competence and technical knowledge. In addition he has experience of designing and delivering short professional and technical courses to international industry.

Teaching experience

Jonathan has 12 years full-time experience on a wide range of courses.

Research interests

Jonathan's research interests include theoretical and experimental hydrodynamics, teaching and learning.

Recent publications

Jonathan's recent publications include a co-written book and a conference paper.

Patterson, C. and Ridley, J. 'Reeds Vol 13: Ship Stability, Powering and Resistance.' London, Adlard Coles Nautical.

Ridley, J. 2015. 'Educating the next generation of Merchant Navy Officers - A partnership between the University and the Merchant Navy.' Fourth Solent Teaching and Learning Conference, 31 March 2015, Southampton Solent University.