Dr Gabriel Marsh

EngD Theis Title: Fatigue load monitoring of offshore wind turbine support structures

Company/Organisation: EON New Build & Technology

Industrial supervisor: Bob Knight

Academic supervisors: Prof. Atilla Incecik, Dr Vengatesan Venugopal, Dr Lars Johanning

Programme start: January 2012      

Industrial Project start: September 2012

Educational background

I went to university a little later in life than most as it took me a few years of working in the real world to figure out what I wanted to do. I originally studied art, English literature and biology in Bristol at A-level. As this was not the best foundation for a career in engineering, I completed a B-Tec in mechanical and electrical engineering in Bath to enable me to enrol on an undergraduate programme. I went on to get my BEng at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh) in mechanical and energy engineering.

What were you doing prior to this programme?

I tried a couple of different career paths before focussing on renewable energy. I had an amazing few years in Southeast Asia teaching scuba diving at a couple of dive shops and later for an NGO, and a very rewarding few years working in “the old game” (plastering) back in the south west of England. During my B-Tec studies I worked for a building services engineering consultancy in Bath, which gave me a flavour of the variety of possibilities that a career in engineering could offer.

What attracted you to studying with IDCORE?

I heard about the IDCORE programme whilst working for the ETI on a summer placement. The project I was working on investigated the state of technology development in the wave and tidal renewable energy sectors. These were a big influence on my decision to study engineering in the first place. The IDCORE programme sounded tailor-made for my interests, both in the breadth of expertise covered in the taught modules, and in the mix of academic and industrial experience.

What attracted you to offshore renewables industry?/ What aspects of the industry do you find most inspiring, interesting or important for the future?

Even with offshore wind, the industry is still relatively young with a lot of interesting challenges to overcome, not just with the engineering! There are other aspects too, such as global warming, energy security, manufacturing jobs, etc.

What is your biggest achievement to date?

Catching a fly in mid-air with chop sticks.

Gabriel March, IDCORE Research Engineer
Gabriel March, IDCORE Research Engineer

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