OK, I don’t know if you’d really call the intelligentF1 model an invention, but it fits the alliteration.
James Beck has been modelling complex engineering systems for 15 years. Originally a Computational Fluid Dynamics engineer/scientist, he has worked on Data Assimilation schemes at the Met Office and spent four years in charge of the aerodynamics and re-entry heating of the latest European Space Agency mission to Mars. His friends tease him that it’s not rocket science.
He now spends a lot of his time running a business working on making sure satellites are designed to burn up properly on re-entry so the bits don’t survive and land on people. A couple more European Space Agency projects on the go – and hoping to get stuck into the business of getting rid of space debris.
An avid motor racing fan, he first attended a Grand Prix in 1988 and got very wet. His favourite trackside memory is yelling ‘Johnny Herbert is going to win the race’ whilst standing at Copse corner watching Damon Hill using Michael Schumacher as a brake on the big screen. He always felt that there was much more insight to be gained from the huge amount of timing data generated at a Grand Prix weekend, and as he couldn’t find anyone else doing it, he thought he’d have a go.
He lives in Ashford, Kent in the UK and has a wife and three children.