Dr Miles Stopher


College position:

Assistant Senior Tutor, Admissions Tutor (Sciences), Assistant Professor and Director of Studies in Engineering (IA and Admissions).

Miles Stopher
Miles Stopher

Miles is Assistant Senior-Tutor, Admissions Tutor for the Sciences, Assistant Professor, Fellow and Director of Studies in Engineering at Homerton College, and Director of Admissions and Affiliated Lecturer within the Department of Engineering. He completed his PhD at Jesus College, where he was later appointed as Director of Studies for Natural Sciences before moving to Homerton in 2019 to lead Engineering at the College.

Research Interests

Miles's expertise lie in the field of Nuclear Engineering. Prior to his academic career at Cambridge, Miles worked on the design of the Royal Navy’s Dreadnought Class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine. Upon its design completion, Miles returned to Cambridge to undertake nuclear research covering a wide range of topics within nuclear plant design and operation, including reactor physics, materials science and manufacturing. His published works cover the design of nanostructured materials, from quantum mechanics to thermokinetics, radiation damage modelling, hydrogen embrittlement, and the engineering and probabilistic safety assessment of integral and passive small modular reactors.

For prospective nuclear research students, Miles occasionally offers project supervision. Please enquire with the Administrator of the MPhil in Nuclear Energy for further details.

MPhil in Nuclear Energy

Cambridge Nuclear Energy Centre 

Teaching And Professional Interests

All engineering students at Homerton are supervised by Miles for both the first and second years of the Engineering Tripos, where he is responsible for Materials, Structures and Mechanics. Miles also lectures a number of modules for fourth year/masters level students. Students taking the Natural Sciences Part III Tripos can choose to take his M17 Nuclear Materials module, and within the MPhil in Nuclear Energy at the Department of Engineering, students can choose his introductory course on Materials Science for Engineers, and modules on Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Materials.

Outside of his teaching and research, Miles has worked in access and outreach for over 10 years. As Director of Admissions within the Department of Engineering, he is responsible for the department's outreach activities, from open days and subject workshops to representing the School of Technology on the Access and Participation Plan Scrutiny Group, and the STEM SMART Steering Group, an initiative to improve participation and attainment in STEM, for which he is also a supervisor. Miles is keen to collaborate on any new outreach and access opportunities and encourages prospective collaborators to get in touch.