Neil Ashton

WW Tech Lead for Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Amazon Web Services


I’m the WW Tech Leader for CAE at Amazon Web Services and also act as one of the main subject-matter experts for Computational Fluid Dynamics and High Performance Computing (HPC) across Amazon and lead the Amazon-wide CFD working group. I am also a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Previous to these positions I worked in Formula 1 with the Lotus F1 team (now Renault F1) and I worked with Formula 1 Management and the FIA on the 2021 technical regulation changes and I was also a core part of the British Cycling 2020 Tokyo Olympics bike development program. I’m passionate about explaining science and engineering to the general public and also host a podcast which you can listen on Spotify or watch on YouTube.


May 21, 2024 Latest Neil Ashton podcast episode discussing career advice for people wanting to go into science and engineering! You can listen on Spotify or watch on YouTube.
May 14, 2024 Latest Neil Ashton podcast episode with Professor Tony Purnell is up! You can listen on Spotify or watch on YouTube.
May 09, 2024 The Neil Ashton podcast has launched! You can listen on Spotify or watch on YouTube.
Mar 18, 2024 ICLR workshop AI4DifferentialEquations in Science now has it’s draft schedule ready

selected publications

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    Machine Learning for Road Vehicle Aerodynamics
    Vidyasagar Ananthan , Neil Ashton , Nate Chadwick , and 9 more authors
    In SAE World Congress , 2024
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    Summary of the 4th High-Lift Prediction Workshop Hybrid RANS/LES Technology Focus Group
    Neil Ashton , Paul Batten , Andrew Cary , and 1 more author
    Journal of Aircraft, Aug 2023
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    Towards a Standardized Assessment of Automotive Aerodynamic CFD Prediction Capability - AutoCFD 2: Ford DrivAer Test Case Summary
    Burkhard Hupertz , Neil Lewington , Charles Mockett , and 2 more authors
    In SAE Technical Papers , Mar 2022
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    Performance of cpu and gpu hpc architectures for off-design aircraft simulation
    M. Turner , J. Appa , and N. Ashton
    In AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum , Mar 2021
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    Assessment of RANS and DES methods for realistic automotive models
    N. Ashton , A. West , S. Lardeau , and 1 more author
    Computers & Fluids, Mar 2016