Dr Peter Dunning
Dr Peter Dunning

Dr Peter Dunning




Fraser Noble Building (room 263)
School of Engineering
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, AB24 3UE
Scotland, UK


2019: Became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

2016: Achieved Chartered Engineer status with IMechE.

2015: Joined University of Aberdeen as a Lecturer in the School of Engineering.

2014-2015: Research Associate at University of Bath, UK. Research areas: Mulit-scale topology optimisation, buckling constrained topology optimisation and simultaneous material-topology optimisation.

2013-2014: Research Scholar at National Institute of Aerosapce, VA, USA. Contracted to NASA Langley Research Center. Main reserach area: Aeroelastic topology optimisation.

2011-2012: Structural analyst at Eatec Ltd (Engineering consultancy company, Yate, UK)

2007-2011: PhD from University of Bath, UK. Thesis title: Introducing Loading Uncertainty in Level Set-Based Structural Topology Optimisation (link)

2002-2007: MEng in Aerospace Engineering from University of Bath, UK

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • Programme leader for Mechanical Engineering


  • School of Engineering outreach activities coordinator
  • Member of college ethics board
External Memberships

Reviewer for several journals:

  • Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
  • International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
  • Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
  • Computers and Structures
  • Journal of Fluids and Structures
  • Composite Structures
  • International Journal of Mechanical Sciences
  • Applied Mathematical Modelling
  • Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements
  • International Journal of Aerospace Engineering
  • Aerospace Science and Technology
  • Advances in Engineering Software
  • Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines
  • Engineering Computations
  • Engineering Structures
  • Acta Mechanica Sinica

Past reviewer for AIAA MDO TC awards sub-committee.


Research Overview

Main areas of interest in engineering optimisation:

  • topology optimisation
  • multi-disciplinary
  • aeroelasticity
  • composite materials
  • robust and reliability-based
  • multi-scale

Teaching Responsibilities


EG1012 Fundamentals of Engineering Materials - Co-ordinator (50% teaching)

EG55P6/Q2 Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis - Co-ordinator (100% teaching)

EG4013/14 BEng & MEng Individual Projects - Supervisor

MSc Individual Projects - Supervisor


EG55M1/96 Finite Element Analysis - Contributor (50% teaching)

EG5565 MEng Group Design Project - Supervisor      

EG4578 BEng Group Design Project - Supervisor         


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