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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Professor Yiannis Ventikos named Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow

Kennedy Professor and Head of UCL Mechanical Engineering Department is amongst four UCL academics elected as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) in recognition of their outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession.

Professor Yiannis Ventikos named Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow

Yiannis Ventikos

Professor Yiannis Ventikos

The RAEng Fellowship represents the nation’s best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and industry leaders, with around 50 Fellows joining the roll call each year. The RAEng Fellows give their time and expertise voluntarily to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society. Professor Yiannis Ventikos has been recognised for his ongoing contribution to the field of engineering.

On his election as Fellow, Yiannis said:
“I feel tremendously honoured to be counted amongst this group. Over the years,  Royal Academy of Engineering Fellows have played a pivotal role in developing the technologies that have changed – and are changing – the world, every day, for the better. I look forward to contributing to the goals of the Academy in making the expert voice of engineers heard in policy making and in furthering the esteem and recognition the profession enjoys in society as a whole”.

Yiannis has been active in the broad theme of fluid mechanics, for which he has pursued applications on a variety of topics, from bioengineering to energy and from nanotechnologies to micromanufacturing. For example, he is known for developing techniques and tools for investigating a variety of brain-related conditions, including aneurysms and dementia. His research spans the spectrum from fundamental to applied, and he has been very interested in translating research findings into practical applications. In this context, technologies that he and his collaborators have developed have led to a series of patents and to the launching of a number of companies, including First Light Fusion Ltd, a research-intensive enterprise tackling the critical topic of climate change through clean and sustainable baseload energy generation. For the past eight years he has served as Kennedy Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL.

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