Jason Reese

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Jason Reese
Jason Meredith Reese

24 June 1967[1]
Died8 March 2019(2019-03-08) (aged 51)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (DPhil)
Imperial College London (BSc)
Known forMultiscale modelling
Microfluidics & Nanofluidics
Rarefied gas dynamics
AwardsPhilip Leverhulme Prize
MacRobert Award
Scientific career
FieldsMechanical engineering
Aerospace engineering
InstitutionsUniversity of Edinburgh
University of Strathclyde
King's College London
University of Aberdeen
Technical University of Berlin
University of Cambridge
ThesisOn the structure of shock waves in monatomic rarefied gases (1993)

Jason Meredith Reese FREng FRSE FInstP FIMechE (24 June 1967 – 8 March 2019[2][3] was a British engineering scientist, and Regius Professor of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.[4]

His research was in multiscale flow systems in which the molecular or discrete nature of the fluid determines the overall fluid dynamics. A winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Engineering (Leverhulme Trust), the Lord Kelvin Medal (Royal Society of Edinburgh), and a MacRobert Award (Royal Academy of Engineering) finalist, he was previously Weir Professor of Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics, and Head of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.


Jason Reese studied at Imperial College London, graduating in Physics in 1988. He completed his Masters and Doctoral research in Applied Mathematics at the University of Oxford in 1993,[5] where he was one of the last research students of Leslie Colin Woods.[6]

Career and research[edit]

After his PhD, Reese moved into engineering and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University of Berlin, and the University of Cambridge.[citation needed] In 1996 he became a lecturer in Engineering in the University of Aberdeen, and then joined King's College London in 2001 as Lecturer and ExxonMobil Engineering Fellow.[citation needed] He moved to the University of Strathclyde in 2003 as the Weir Professor of Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics, and was latterly Head of the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. In 2013 he was appointed to the Regius Professorship at the University of Edinburgh,[7] the ninth incumbent of this position since it was established by Queen Victoria in 1868.

Reese was an engineering scientist who conducted and published theoretical and computational research into multiscale fluid dynamics, in particular, micro and nano flows,[8] as well as rarefied gas dynamics. He was also involved in the industrial application of fluid mechanics: he was part of the team that founded Brinker Technology Ltd in 2002 to commercialise a novel leak detection and sealing system for oil/gas pipelines and wellheads, and water mains pipes.

From 2012 to 2016, Reese was a member of the Scottish Science Advisory Council, Scotland's highest level science advisory body, providing independent advice and recommendations on science strategy, policy and priorities to the Scottish Government.[9]

In 2018, he was awarded a 10-year Chair in Emerging Technologies[10] by the Royal Academy of Engineering, to research and develop multiscale engineering design, "from molecules to machines".

Reese was an independent member of the Defence Science Expert Committee, DSEC, providing independent scientific and technological advice to the UK's Ministry of Defence. He was also an independent member of the Science & Technology Honours Committee,[11] reviewing and advising on recommendations for UK national honours.

He died suddenly at the age of 51 on 8 March 2019; his full obituary was published in The Herald (Glasgow) on 24 March 2019.[1]

Awards and honours[edit]

Recognition of his engineering achievements includes:


  1. ^ a b c "Obituary: Jason Reese, engineering scientist who made pioneering contributions to understanding the behaviour of gases". 24 March 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b "List of RAEng Fellows". Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Directory of RSE Fellows".
  4. ^ "News archive, University of Edinburgh". Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  5. ^ Reese, Jason Meredith (1993). On the structure of shock waves in monatomic rarified gases (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 557299499.
  6. ^ O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Leslie Colin Woods", MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive, University of St Andrews
  7. ^ "Warrants Under the Royal Sign Manual, Regius Chair of Engineering". The London Gazette. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  8. ^ "'Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink'?". Physics World. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Members, Scottish Science Advisory Council". Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Academy funds global research visionaries to advance emerging technologies". Royal Academy of Engineering. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Membership of Honours committees". Cabinet Office. 20 January 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  12. ^ "APS Fellows 2016".

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