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Dr Scott Millen is a Lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. Scott joined the staff of Queen's in 2019 and again in 2021. He has a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in computational modelling of composite materials.

After completing his PhD, Scott took up a research fellow role working with local industrial collaborators from the aerospace industry (Collins Aerospace and Spirit Aerosystems, Belfast). Scott has also worked within the Belfast Maritime Consortium UKRI Strength in Places project led by Artemis Technologies Ltd.

Scott has significant experience in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in particular developing high-fidelity models of extreme events. Scott has a significant publication record in lightning strike and thermal modelling simulation. These models have been developed with ABAQUS, Python and Fortran.

Research Interests

Scott’s research interests are focused on numerical modelling, in particular:

  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and numerical methods,
  • Low velocity impact (LVI) and compression after impact (CAI)
  • Lightning strike modelling,
  • Extreme event modelling (battery fires),
  • Composite materials and computational modelling.

Scott has been involved in a number of national and international research collaborations with both academic and industry partners;

Academic collaborations:

Industrial collaborations:


  • Manufacturing Technology 2 (MEE2034)
  • Manufacturing Technology MSc (MEE7028)
  • BEng/MEng/MSc Individual Projects

Two of Scott's former students have won prizes for their final year projects in the NAFEMS/IMechE Engineering Simulation Techniques Outstanding Project Award:

  • 2021/22 - Aimee Bridges 1st Prize,
  • 2022/23 - James Sterling 2nd Prize.

Past Module Responsibilities:

  • Mechanics of Aerospace Materials 4 (Composites Manufacturing, AER4016)
  • Design and Manufacturing 2 (MEE2012)

Scott is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA, 2022).


Scott is the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Research Culture & Community Champion responsible for delivering activities to enhance the researcher experience, to support student completion rates and research quality.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Lightning strike
  • Computational modelling
  • Thermomechanical
  • Thermal runaway
  • Carbon fibre
  • Fire resistance


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