Advisory Board
Dr Simon Bittleston


Simon Bittleston worked for Schlumberger for 35 years. He joined Schlumberger Cambridge Research in 1985 as a scientist working in fluid mechanics on a range of complex and industrially relevant problems. This work resulted in a number of commercial products. Whilst at the lab he became a programme manager responsible for team of scientists. He moved to Norway in 1993 and became domain manager for the development of Marine Seismic systems where he was responsible for the development of Q-Marine – a ground-breaking marine seismic system in which 60,000+ hydrophones are individually digitalized and which also included the unique capability of streamer steering, which he invented. In 1999 he returned to the UK as a Research Director, and then in 2001 moved to Houston as Vice President of Product Development which included all Product Development and Manufacturing for Schlumberger. In 2005 he moved to Paris and became VP of Mergers and Acquisitions – the team completed more than 40 investments culminating in the Smith acquisition. He returned to the UK and took the position of Vice President of Research – which included worldwide research centres for the company. In 2020 he was made Vice President for Science and Technology for a new division of the company, expanding beyond oil and gas into New Energy.

Bittleston holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Imperial College London, and a Ph.D. in fluid mechanics from the University of Bristol, UK. He is also a By-Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge and an Honorary Fellow of Darwin College Cambridge.

Advisory Board Members

Professor Mark Peletier

Eindhoven University of Technology

Mark Peletier obtained an MSc in mathematics from Leiden University (cum laude), and a Diplôme d'Études Approfondies at the Laboratoire d'Analyse Numérique (now Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions) of Université Paris VI, both in 1992. He received his PhD at Leiden University (1997). His research interest focuses on differential equations and their applications to real-world systems.

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Chair: Professor Rachel Kuske

Georgia Institute of Technology

Rachel Kuske is a Professor of Mathematics at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was also department chair from 2017-2021. Most recently her research is in stochastic dynamics in multi-scale, delayed, or non-smooth systems, and in stochastic transitions or "tipping points”, with applications in energy, biology, mechanics, and climate systems.

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Professor Colin Please

University of Oxford

Professor Colin Please works on the mathematical modelling of physical phenomena arising in practical problems and interpreting the results into the original context. His research takes place at the interface of mathematics with other disciplines primarily engineering, and bioscience.

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Professor Carola Schoenlieb

University of Cambridge

Carola graduated from the Institute for Mathematics, University of Salzburg (Austria) in 2004. From 2004 to 2005 she held a teaching position in Salzburg. She received her PhD degree from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2009. After one year of postdoctoral activity at the University of Göttingen (Germany), she became a Lecturer at Cambridge in 2010, promoted to Reader in 2015 and promoted to Professor in 2018.

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Professor John Kent

University of Leeds

Professor John Kent did his undergraduate degree at Harvard University in Mathematics in and his PhD at Cambridge University in Statistics. He has spent the bulk of his academic career at Leeds University where he has been since 1977. He has wide interests across Statistics and Probability.

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Dr Jasmine Grimsley

London Data Company

Dr Jasmine Grimsley is Co-Founder and Chief Data Officer at the London Data Company. Prior to that she was Head of Science and Research in the Environmental Monitoring for Health Protection (EMHP) programme at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

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