Rod is Professor of Computational Biomechanics at USFD, and will be the Principal Investigator (PI) for the project. He was the PI for VPH-Share, and was workpackage leader for valvular disease in euHeart. He was a co-author of the White Paper that launched the Virtual Physiological Human initiative. After graduating in Mathematics from the University of Manchester, he joined Lucas Aerospace as a graduate apprentice engineer. From 1977 to 1992 he worked as a stress engineer and as a consultant structural analyst for several companies in the aerospace, motor vehicle and general engineering sectors. During this period Rod also completed his PhD in Applied Mechanics at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.Structures at the University of Salford. He moved to Medical Physics at the University of Sheffield in 1994, where he was initially responsible for the development of undergraduate teaching in medical physics and had a primary research interest in the computational analysis of heart valve prostheses. Rod joined academia in 1992 as a lecturer in Aircraft Rod is currently Professor of Computational Biomechanics in the Medical Physics Group in the Department of Cardiovascular Science.