Dr David Cole

BA, MA, PhD, CEng, IMechE
Director of Studies, Engineering

Dr David Cole

Dr David Cole
Dr David Cole

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David Cole is a Senior Lecturer in Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED). He joined Fitzwilliam as an undergraduate in 1982 and graduated with a BA in Engineering in 1985. He was sponsored by Rolls-Royce Motors during his time as an undergraduate and worked there for a year after graduating. He then returned to CUED to undertake research in the field of vehicle dynamics, obtaining a PhD in 1990. After further research he took up a lectureship in mechanical engineering at the University of Nottingham. In 2000 he returned to CUED and Fitzwilliam. His research is concerned with measuring, understanding and modelling the dynamic interaction between drivers and vehicles. Much of the research is performed in collaboration with the automotive industry. In Fitzwilliam he supervises various subjects in Part I of the engineering course. In CUED his teaching is mainly concerned with mechanical engineering topics in Part II of the course.


  • 09 November 2017
    Visiting Fellow Professor Glen Norcliffe reports on this year's 5k College race.
  • 14 July 2017
    Fitzwilliam College students, staff and Fellows are once again running in the Chariots of Fire race, which this year takes place on 17 September.
  • 20 September 2016
    Two teams composed of staff and Fellows from Fitzwilliam College ran in the Chariots of Fire race for the third time on 18 September.