Dr Mullings graduated with a First Class MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2015. Following on from this went on to begin a PhD in Mechanical Engineering investigating the loads on a tidal stream turbine due to different unsteady operating conditions. In 2021, was awarded a fellowship of the Higher Education Academy as well as a Chartered Engineer through the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
For the last three years Dr Mullings has been supported as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Manchester, continuing research into tidal stream energy, contributing academically to various projects, including on the TIGER Project. TIGER is the largest ever EU Interreg project, a 46 Million Euro Industry-Academia collaboration led by the ORE Catapult and involving UK and French partners to accelerate deployment and stimulating supply chains for tidal energy systems in the Channel region. Current research contributes to providing tools to accurately achieve a desired turbine life expectancy by reducing conservativism in design relative to the current use of high safety factors and enabling standardisation of designs for the conditions which all turbines will experience when tidal is a major power supply; i.e. in array operation. With an emphasis on understanding the spatial variation in resource at a site and the levels of fidelity to which the onset flow to a device can be modelled.