Dr David Knowles FREng 
Director, Energy, Atkins

David Knowles is an international authority in structural integrity, materials modelling and degradation related to both static and rotating equipment in the energy sector. His experience spans academic teaching and research, engineering consultancy and industrial research. He has authored over 100 technical papers, holds two patents and regularly delivers invited lectures at international conferences. He has led several substantial projects working with international government and commercial research boards. In recent years, he has been involved in Shell’s global materials research programme and review of EDF Energy’s graphite and high temperature materials programmes. Previously, he worked closely with Rolls- Royce on high temperature alloy material damage modelling. David is proactive in developing and training young engineers: he currently mentors a large group at Atkins and creates and delivers technical courses and workshops worldwide.