Professor Stephen Reid

Professor Stephen Reid
Professor Stephen Reid
Professor Stephen Reid

Emeritus Professor



Previous appointments:

  • 1969?70 Research Officer, Engineering Sciences Division, Central Electricity Research Laboratories, Leatherhead Surrey.
  • 1970?76 Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).
  • 1976?80 Lecturer, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge.
  • 1980-84 Jackson Professor of Engineering Science, University of Aberdeen.
  • 1985-2005 Conoco Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UMIST/University of Manchester
  • 1992?95 UMIST Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Development
    UMIST 1994-95 Deputy Principal and Vice-Chancellor
  • 2001-04 UMIST Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research
    UMIST, 2003-04. Deputy Vice-Chancellor


  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), 2011.
  • Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), 1993.
  • Fellowship grades: FIMechE, FIMA, FASME.
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Mathematician (CMath).
  • President, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, calendar years 2000, 2001.
  • Academic: ScD (Cambridge), DSc (honoris causa) University of Aberdeen, 2005 .
  • Emeritus Professor University of Manchester, 2005-

Other appointments:

  • HEFCE 2005-2008, Member of Sub-Panel 28, Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering for RAE 2008.
  • Visiting Chair Professor of Applied Mechanics, Distinguished Visitor Programme, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2002-2004.
  • 1987- present , Editor-in-Chief, Int. J. Mechanical Sciences.
  • 1983-2005, Associate Editor, Int. J. Impact Engng.

Research Overview

Impact and Explosion Engineering


Dynamic Structural Plasticity

  • Impact loading of beams, plates and shells/tubes/pipes
  • Pipe whip
  • Pipe-on-pipe impact
  • Computational and experimental methods and techniques for impact

Impact Energy Absorption

  • Metal tubes - lateral crushing, crash cushions; buckling; inversion; splitting
  • Structural shock waves - dynamic crushing of cellular materials/structures
  • Mechanics of cellular materials - wood, polymeric/metallic foams and honeycombs
  • Roll-over and falling-object protective structures (ROPS and FOPS) for vehicles

Penetration Mechanics

  • Plates and shells
  • Metal
  • Composite
  • Concrete

Composite Materials and Structures

  • Damage mechanics for composites
  • Vibration techniques for damage detection in composite structures (HKPU)
  • Composite springs (HKPU)