Stephen Kirkup

Dr. Stephen Kirkup

Lecturer in Nuclear Science / Engineering

School of Engineering

Computing and Technology Building, CM138

+44 (0) 1772 89 2546

Subject Areas: Engineering, Mathematics, Computing, Physics

Research and Teaching interests lie in the areas of engineering mathematics, numerical methods, software design and engineering simulation.

Stephen is a member of FHEA.

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The main research theme is numerical methods applied to engineering problems. The main research area is with the boundary element method, especially in solving acoustic (Helmholtz) problems, and with  method development. Developer of software in this field that has been applied in noise applications, such as with vehicles, machines and aircraft, and sound reproduction by loudspeakers.

Other research areas include the finite difference time domain method in electromagnetics (applied to capacitors) and solving inverse problems, applied to secondary ion mass spectrometry.


  • PhD “Solution of Exterior Acoustic problems by the Boundary Element Method”, Brighton University (Polytechnic), 1989
  • MSc Numerical Analysis and Programming, Dundee University, 1986
  • BSC Mathematics, Newcastle University, 1984

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Module leader for SC3007 Advanced Mathematical and Simulation Methods.


S.M.Kirkup, J Yazdani and R Aspey and R Badheka. The Solution of the SIMS Quantification Problem by an Operator-Splitting Method, Applied Mathematical Modelling 38 (7­8). 2214-2223, 2014

S.M.Kirkup, A. Thompson, B Kolbrek and J Yazdani. Simulation of the acoustic field around an open cavity by the boundary element – Rayleigh integral method, Journal of Computational Acoustics, 21(1) p. 1250020 2013

S.M.Kirkup ‘DC Capacitor Modelling by the Boundary Element Method’, Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering, 23(9), 855 - 869, (2007).

S. M. Kirkup and M. Wadsworth `Solution of Inverse Diffusion Problems by Operator-Splitting Methods', Applied Mathematical Modelling 26 1003-1018 (2002).

More publications


  • The boundary element method, particularly with application to acoustics.
  • Inverse diffusion / Backward Heat Conduction
  • FDTD method in electromagnetics


Given papers at

  • 1st International Conference on Numerical Modelling in Engineering, 28-29 August 2018, Ghent University, Belgium
  • ICEE 2019 : 21st International Conference on Engineering Education, Rome


External Examiner for an Engineering BEng at University of Brighton.