Professor Yiannis Ventikos is the Kennedy Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at University College London. He has worked or studied in Greece, France, the USA and Switzerland and currently holds an appointment as a Guest Professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology, PR China.
Prof Ventikos has established the Fluidics and Biocomplexity Group that conducts research on transport phenomena and fluid mechanics, as they are applied to biomedical engineering problems, energy, innovative industrial processes and biocomplexity. Areas of research include arterial haemodynamics and tissue remodelling (with an emphasis on vascular diseases, like aneurysms), cerebrospinal fluid dynamics, shock-induced bubble collapse, droplet generation and deposition, targeted drug delivery, swirling flows, chaos, mixing and dynamical systems, organogenesis and tissue engineering, micro- and nano-technologies. Computational modelling is at the centre of his research, which spans the spectrum from fundamental to applied.
Prof Ventikos has published about 150 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, has contributed chapters in 10 books, has presented close to 400 papers in international conferences and workshops and has filed 9 international patents to date. He is the senior academic founder of a spin-out company and consults internationally in topics of his expertise. He has served as a reviewer for more than 50 academic journals as well as for textbook and monograph publishers. He is on the Editorial Board of 6 journals, and on the scientific and/or organising committee of numerous international conferences and workshops.
As Head of UCL Mechanical Engineering, Prof Ventikos has led a rapid expansion of the Department, which has doubled in size and has roughly tripled in scientific output and impact. With a broad range of educational and research activities that span the spectrum from Bioengineering to Maritime Technology and from Automotive to Additive Manufacturing and Materials, UCL Mechanical Engineering is the oldest Department of this kind in England, one of the biggest in the country and a core unit of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at UCL.