Dr. Dimitris Drikakis is Professor of Engineering Science and Executive Dean (Engineering) and Associate Principal and at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (till June 2017). Since July 2017, and in addition to his continued Professorial role, Dimitris has taken on new leadership roles as Executive Director of Global University Partnerships (US and Far East), Executive Director of the Strathclyde Space Institute and, furthermore as Co-Director of a new Institute of Autonomous Systems and Robotics.
Prior to his current appointment, he was Head of Aerospace Sciences at Cranfield University and Professor of Fluid Mechanics & Computational Science (2003-2015); Professor of Fluid Mechanics at Queen Mary University of London (till 2003); and has also held academic positions at the University of Manchester; University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany; and University of Marseille, France.
His expertise is in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), fluid mechanics (particularly compressible flows), and micro/nanoscale processes at fluid-solid interfaces. He has been active in both fundamental and applied research across a diverse spectrum of aerospace and mechanical engineering applications. His work has directly influenced areas as diverse as improved understanding of complex aerodynamic flows, compressible turbulent mixing in inertial confinement fusion, and novel gas filtration nanotechnologies based on carbon nanotubes.
He has received: 1) The William Penney Fellowship Award (twice in 2008 and 2011) by the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE Plc) in recognition of his contributions to compressible fluid dynamics. 2) The Innovator of the Year Award (2014) by the Innovation Institute for a new generation carbon capture technology that uses carbon nanotubes for filtering out carbon dioxide and other gases at low or zero energy cost. This platform technology has the potential to be used across a wide range of applications in the power generation, automotive, aerospace, chemical, marine and built environment sectors. 3) The Technical Achievement Award at the International Conference on Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Sciences.
To date, he has co-authored two books in the field of computational fluid dynamics and has published 161 journal and 238 conference papers/book chapters in the above technical areas. He has graduated 52 PhD students who now hold positions in academia and industries around the world.
He has served on the Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA); is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN); an expert evaluator for the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC); and on the Advisory Board of Japan-Europe Aerospace Research and Technology Co-operation. He has been an associate editor of the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering; The Aeronautical Journal of the Royal Aeronautical Society; and the Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience.