The Team

For enquiries please contact fastblade@ed.ac.uk.

Principal Investigator

Prof. Conchúr Ó Brádaigh is Head of the School of Engineering and Chair of Materials Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. 

Co Investigators

Senior Experimental Officer & Project Manager

Dr Jeffrey Steynor has led the development of the FASTBLADE facility design and development since 2017 and is responsible for the design, procurement, installation, commissioning and operation of FASTBLADE. Jeff is an Electrical and Mechanical Engineer with a PhD in Optimising Ocean Energy Devices. He has over a decade of experimental expertise and facility operation, including the role of Project Engineer in the commissioning and operation of the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility from 2013-2017.

Jeff also represents the UK in the development of the marine energy standards. He is on the project team for the TC114 IEC Marine energy - Wave, tidal and other water current converters

Jeff also represents the UK in the and IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications WG360 and WG361.

Experimental Officer

Dr Fergus Cuthill has a Mechanical Engineer with a PhD in snow science and material engineering, completed from 2013 to 2017. After his PhD he was PDRA within the University of Edinburgh, Institute for Materials and Processes, working on two Wave Energy Scotland (WES) funded projects (ELASTO & ROTOHYBRID). His role focused on the mechanical testing, analysis and classification of novel materials for the potential use in wave energy devices with the aim of the research being a step change in the levelised cost of energy (LCOE). In his current role he is focussed on developing control and testing methodologies along with instrumentation and hydraulic setups for FASTBLADE.

Data Scientist

Dr Sergio Antonio Lopez Dubon is in charge of developing the facility's data structure and the data analysis's main algorithms. Moreover, he will lead the design and implementation of new data-driven algorithms to improve FASTBLADE  performance and the study of the different tested specimens. This will reduce the time of new technology transfer, helping FASTBLADE be at the vanguard of fatigue testing of composites structures. 

Before joining FASTBLADE, he obtained a civil engineer degree and a master in hydrology. He worked for a hydrometeorological service for a few years, where he started to handle big data problem. Later, he enrolled in a PhD focus on long-term river morphodynamics, using physical-statistical modelling approached, which completed from 2014 to 2018. Following, he worked in Italy as Data Scientist in industry. His role centred on developing quasi-real-time control algorithms for big data environmental measurements, the design and implementation of relational algorithms, for data-driven support decisions.