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Andy McIntosh

Andy McIntosh holds an Emeritus Chair in thermodynamics at the University of Leeds, and has lectured and researched in these fields for over 30 years. He has a PhD in combustion theory from the aerodynamics department of what was then Cranfield Institute of Technology (now Cranfield University), a DSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Wales, and worked for a number of years at the Royal Aircraft Establishment. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Institute of Energy, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Aeronautical Society. A chartered mathematician, engineer, and author of 200 papers and articles, his research has been in combustion in fluids and solids. His work has also included investigations into the fundamental link between thermodynamics and information, and in the last few years he has been involved in research in the area of biomimetics where the minute combustion chamber of the bombardier beetle has inspired a patented novel spray technology. He now lectures widely on origins, has authored the books Genesis for Today (Day One, 6th Edition, 2017) and A Verse by Verse Examination of Genesis 1-11 (Day One, 2016), and has contributed to a number of other books including Wonders of Creation – Design in a Fallen World (co-authored with Stuart Burgess and Brian Edwards, Day One, 2017), Origins – Examining the Evidence (Truth in Science, 2011), In Six Days (Master Books, 2009), and Should Christians Embrace Evolution? (IVP, 2009). He is co-director of the UK education think tank Truth in Science and is married with 3 children and 6 grandchildren.



The Extraordinary Bombardier Beetle: Learning Design from the Created World

The innocuous-looking bombardier beetle is one of the most remarkable creatures - it is able to fight off any spider, frog, ant or bird that comes too close by blasting the attacker with a powerful jet of hot, toxic fluid.  Prof Andy McIntosh and a team at Leeds have built an experimental rig mimicking the major physics of the beetle ejection system and that knowledge is revolutionizing industrial spray technology, in particular fuel injectors, and pharmaceutical drug delivery systems such as nebulisers. The bombardier beetle sends out a repeated blast of hot caustic fluid, steam and water a considerable distance at 500Hz. This has recently inspired Prof McIntosh in designing a fire extinguisher with Liberty University, Virginia for fighting forest fires based on this technology.


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