Leigh Stuart Sutherland (B.Eng  MSc  PhD)


• Over 30 years experience of Naval Architecture engineering research.
• ‘h-index’: Scopus – 19, Web of Science – 19, Google Scholar – 20.
• Listed on the Stanford University top 2% cited scientists in the world rankings 2021-23.

Design, Construction & Commissioning:
Composite sailing ship spars, Servo-hydraulic test machines, Composites laboratories.

Teaching / Supervision:
PhD, MSc, Undergraduate, Secondary school, English as a Second Language.

International Ship & Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC):
Sailing Yacht Design’ & ‘Yacht Design’ Committees.

Towing / Wave Tank Testing:
Responsible for Southampton University Ship Science Lamont tank and undergraduate labs, MSc thesis on windsurfer fins.

Academic Posts:
Southampton University Ship Science Student Admissions Officer
Southampton University Ship Science Undergraduate and Postgraduate Examinations Officer.

Shop-floor Production:
Windsurfer fins, Sailing catamarans, Yacht spars.

Chemical Assay Laboratory:
Rock gold content assay in Western Australia.

Motor Mechanic:
Formative engineering diagnosis and repair.


1997 Doctorate
An Investigation into Composites Size Effects using Statistically Designed Experiments
Departments of Ship Science and Mathematics (Statistics), University of Southampton, UK
In conjunction with Vosper Thorneycroft shipbuilders
External Examiner: Prof Michael Wisnom

1994 MSc in Maritime Engineering Science
Thesis “Hydrodynamics of Windsurfer fins“:
Department of Ship Science, University of Southampton, UK.

1989 B.Eng (Hons) Chemical Engineering
Final project “Design of a vinyl chloride monomer plant”,
University of Exeter, UK.

1985: ‘A’-Levels

NB: When the then top ‘A’ grade was only achieved in each subject by 1% of the population
– Mathematics: A
– Physics: A
– Chemistry: A
Colne High School, Brightlingsea, UK.


2015 – : CENTEC, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon
Researcher / Lecturer in Marine Structures

2014: Clacton County High School, UK
Trainee Physics teacher (‘School Direct’ scheme)

2000 – 2014: CENTEC, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon
Researcher / Lecturer in Marine Structures

1998 – 2000: Ship Science, University of Southampton
Research Fellow in Marine Structures

1996 – 1998: UETN, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon
Researcher in Marine Structures

1993 – 1996: Ship Science, University of Southampton
Tutorials; Towing/wave tank instruction; Structures testing

1992: Reg White Ltd, Brightlingsea
Composite catamaran dinghy production (workshop)

1992: Sail Spar Ltd, Brightlingsea
Aluminium spar production (workshop)

1991: F-Hot Fins, Brightlingsea
Composite windsurfer foil production (workshop)

1990:  KCAA Metallurgical Services, Perth, Australia
Chemical leaching / Atomic absorption spectrometer gold assay

1985 – 1989: Thomas Brothers Ltd, Basildon
Automotive mechanic (vacation work)


Native English speaker: over 30 years experience of technical report writing.

Upper intermediate level Portuguese: living in Portugal for over 25 years, including 200 hours of language school classes.

Threshold level German: resident in Germany for 4 years, including 600 hours of language school classes.


Sailing: I started sailing over 45 years ago and never stopped. From racing 3 to 4 times a week growing up at Brightlingsea, UK in Mirror & Cherub dinghies, through windsurfing (wave-sailing), to sailing my Etap 22 in the German East Frisian Islands, Brightlingsea UK, and Lisbon River Portugal.

Travel / Living abroad: From a working year in Australia via the Trans-Siberian/Mongolian Express and independent train travel in China in 1990/91, through residence in Germany, to over 25 years in Lisbon and an Anglo-Portuguese family.