A.J. (Adam) Head

A.J. (Adam) Head



Adam obtained his undergraduate education from the University of Queensland (UQ Australia) in 2012. A dual major in (Mechanical and Aerospace) engineering and a single major in (Applied mathematics) science was obtained with 1st class honours. He participated in a two year exchange program with the Delft University of Technology. Master coursework was undertaken from various faculties to accommodate the degree titles with an industrial based thesis undertaken at Micro Turbine Technology (MTT b.v. Eindhoven). The thesis involved a close collaboration with the automotive department of TNO.  Shortly after graduation Adam relocated to the Netherlands in search for work in the Aerospace sector and proceeded to publish (Co-author Willfried Visser) several European sanctioned reports dealing with Gas Turbine Performance in the setting of the ESPOSA project. At the end of 2013 Adam was successfully appointed as a PhD candidate under the doctoral adviser Piero Colonna.   


  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematics),  The University of Queensland, Australia, 2012.
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Aerospace) , The University of Queensland, Australia, 2012.
  Work Experience:
  • 2012-2013, Research Assistant, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands;
  • 2010-2013, Gas Turbine Performance Tutor, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands;
  • 2011-2012, Research Assistant, Micro Turbine Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands;
  • 2009-2012, Mechanics Tutor, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia;

Selection of publications:


Technologies / Methods

  • Organic Rankine Cycle Power Systems 
  • Gas Turbine Performance Analysis 
Fundamental Disciplines
  • Non-Ideal Compressible Fluid Dynamics (NICFD)

Applied Disciplines 

  • Supersonic de Laval Nozzle design 
  • Small scale power plant design


2012, The University of Queensland, Deans accreditation for high achievement. 
The award is issued to students who usually obtain 1st Class honours.

Current Position

PhD Candidate, Propulsion and Power


Gasturbines simulatie en toepassing  
Master Werktuigbouwkunde  
ECTS: 3 
Bachelor Aerospace Engineering  
ECTS: 3   
Modeling of Process and Energy Systems 
Master Werktuigbouwkunde  


  • Building Model ships in bottles; 
  • Cooking.

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