About Chris Morison

My CV is on-line

I was born'n'bred in Macclesfield, Cheshire, but finally escaped to Birmingham University in 1994 to do a Mechanical Engineering degree. After 3 boring years of gears, design, materials, manufacturing and other such lectures, I finally found somthing about the course that I really liked when we did some decent dynamics and some finite element modelling in the 4th year. My final year project "An investigation of Chaotic Dynamics, with particular reference to spin-stabilized satellites containing flexible elements." won me the Institute of Mechanical Engineers prize for the best project of the year.

I liked Birmingham University so much, however, that I decided stayed on to do a PhD titled "The Dynamics of Shaken Baby Syndrome", which I finished in June 2002. I successfully built the first three-dimensional finite element model of a baby's head which accurately models the cerebrospinal fluid and associated fluid/solid interaction forces. This model predicted that it is might be possible to cause subdural haematoma just by shaking a baby, which agrees with many clinicians who frequently see such cases, but disagrees with previous biomechanical and animal studies which seemed to show that some form of impact must be necessary. A comprehensive and critical review of these previous studies is also in my thesis, which should be available via the British Thesis Service at the British Library.

I'm now living and working in Surrey as a Research & Development Engineer for Pandrol, the world biggest supplier of railway fastenings. It may not sound it, but this is actually a quite interesting and I get to do a lot of world-wide travel. Our latest products are designed to meet the growing needs of suburban and high-speed railway lines to meet tougher legislation on noise and ground vibration emmission. A big part of my job is to make before and after noise and vibration measurements wherever our products are installed around the world, and also to develop the hardware and software for the automatic measurement and analysis system. I also do lots of general R&D of our products including finite element analysis and lab tests, and also maintain our in-house software and develop new useful software.

I've had RISC OS computers for as long as I can remember and originally wrote Organizer for my own use in 1997. Since then it has been very popular as a FreeWare and now a ShareWare product, and I still try to maintain and develop it when I can find the time.

Chris Morison (Email: organizer@morison.net)