David Young

Research Engineer

ORE Catapult

David Young is a Research Engineer in offshore electrical infrastructure as part of ORE Catapults Research and Disruptive Innovation department. His role involves researching novel technologies associated with dynamic cables, their operation and their associated failure mechanisms. Prior to continuing at ORE Catapult as staff, he completed his 4-year EngD programme with the Industrial Doctoral centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE), with ORE Catapult sponsoring the industrial project. This work focused on the electro-mechanical coupled failure mechanisms of dynamic offshore cables, with an emphasis on floating offshore wind applications. Separate to this he holds a MEng in Chemical Engineering from Queens University Belfast, granting a unique insight to the material and process interactions at the chemical scale of offshore cable failures. Prior to this he began his career working in the Oil and Gas sector. David brings a broad range of skills in data analysis, computational dynamic cable modelling, floating wind hydrodynamics, has presented and published his work at international conferences and journals and is involved in STEM activities.


  • Dynamic cable failure modes
  • Offshore Hydrogen production
  • Innovations in Offshore Wind Energy


  • EngD in Offshore Renewable Energy,, 2020

    Jointly awarded by the University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter and the University of Strathclyde

  • MEng in Chemical Engineering, 2015

    Queens University Belfast