James Hitchen

Technical Assistant

James joined the Engineering and Tech teams at Carpmaels & Ransford in 2020, having first obtained a PhD in Physics (specialising in theoretical fluid dynamics) from the University of Edinburgh and a first class MPhys in Physics from the University of Manchester.

At Edinburgh James undertook research into the transition to turbulence by creating low dimensional computational models of plane Couette flow. In addition to this, he was actively involved in the teaching of undergraduate and Masters students, delivering classes on basic mechanics all the way through to machine learning and data analysis. He was a keen writer and editor for the university’s science magazine EU:sci and helped pioneer a scheme teaching Astrobiology to inmates in prisons across Scotland.

In his spare time he enjoys keeping fit, learning Spanish and watching Spurs disappoint him every weekend. He has run one marathon, is a passionate rugby fan, and in a previous life played records in nightclubs across Manchester.


  • PhD in Physics (University of Edinburgh)
  • MPhys in Physics (University of Manchester)