James Makin


I have always had an aptitude for maths and physics, coupled with this I had a keen interest in figuring out how everything around me was put together and how it worked. After studying maths and physics at college, an engineering degree was the obvious choice. I graduated with a 1st in  MEng Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds.


My 4th year dissertation looked at the micropitting phenomenon in wind turbine gearboxes that can lead to their premature failure, sometimes by 10+ years. It was through this project that I found a passion for tribology and why I decided to join the iT-CDT. I wanted to join the iT-CDT as it is an excellent opportunity for me to learn more about tribology and the areas/industries in which it affects. I look forward to developing the necessary skills for a career in both academia and industry.