2010: It Starts
When John Buckley, a lead aerodynamicist at Mercedes F1, became increasingly interested in time trialling through triathlon. Through his work, John had the opportunity to test in the wind tunnel as a cyclist. This was a great performance boost, but also led to more questions. Race times often did not meet expected performance from the wind tunnel, and with a growing interest in software development, John began investigating ways of measuring aerodynamic drag on open roads
A New Probe
In 2016 John and Barnaby Garrood, a work colleague who had inspired John's interest in software, began working on this project.The focus was on a new type of wind speed measurement specifically for the low airspeeds and turbulent conditions found in cycling. Doing what they do best, John and Barney began a wind tunnel and CFD program to develop a new type of probe.With the realisation that wind speed and direction are key to accurate measurement of aerodynamic drag, a new type of aerodynamic probe was invented in less than 1 year. The company Velosense was formed to commercialise this technology.
It Goes On
Streamlines is Founded
In the following years an intensive R&D program created more technology: a miniature version of the cycling probe, a real time aerodynamic algorithm, and a body sensor to allow cyclists to maintain a constant position while testing. In 2021 John started Streamlines to further simplify and improve the user experience of aerodynamic testing.
Meet the Team
Founder & Engineer
With over twenty years experience as a motorsport aerodynamicist, John has worked on the world championship-winning Mercedes, Brawn, and Renault Formula One cars, and the Le Mans-winning Porsche 919. A lifelong swimmer, he became passionate about cycling through triathlons. In an attempt to understand why his race times never reflected his expected performance from the wind tunnel Streamlines was born. John relaxes by walking around the neighbourhood with his cat.
Project & Production Manager
Bob has over twenty years experience in top level motorsport, wind tunnel testing, and manufacturing. Having previously held management positions at McLaren and Honda aerodynamic departments, he has also managed programs in automotive, wind turbine, and cycling projects. Bob's expertise ranges from prototyping to mass production, and across metals, composite, moulding, and 3D printing. An avid cyclist, Bob is on a continuing mission to convince his wife he needs yet another bike.
Neil has a history in software development and entrepreneurship. He co-founded Building Solutions which was acquired by SolarCity, where he was appointed head of software development. Recently he was chief software architect at Dandelion, a home geothermal company which was spun off from GoogleX. Neil brings a depth of experience to Streamlines software development in both software architecture and DevOps. After a successful career in several startups Neil is unsure how he ended up working for his brother.
Senior Software Developer
With a Master's degree in Chemestry, Rafal initially worked in chemical and radioactive material handling before shifting to a career in Software Engineering. Rafal is an experienced full stack developer and is creating the CIRRUS Software Analysis tool. Rafal is also an explosive materials expert, experienced skydiver, and although he rides a motorbike he no longer cycles - as he considers it too dangerous.
Communications Officer and Administrator
Passionate about all things related to design, Amanda gained many of her skills at the University of the Arts London (UAL). Amanda has worked in the fashion, jewellery, and toys & games industries for several years before joining Streamlines. She has a BA in Modern Languages and a Masters in Psychology. Amanda has run out of rooms to renovate in her house and has now started to remodel the garden.
After gaining a degree in Engineering from Cambridge University (and Master's degree in Heart Rate Variability Monitoring), John has worked in medical device design, rowing equipment, and aerospace composites manufacture. John is a skilled mechanical designer as well as a knowledgeable cycling coach.John comes from an elite rowing background, having won gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and then switched to cycling, winning the Tour of Sussex and becoming a scourge to Strava Segments.
Sam has a Masters Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester. Sam has a passionate interest in electronics, bringing theoretical knowledge and rapidly advancing practical skill to every project. Although the youngest member of the team, his professionalism and punctuality has raised standards across the company.
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