Professor Dimitris Drikakis is Associate Principal and Executive Dean (Engineering) at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He joined Strathclyde in July 2015. The Faculty of Engineering has £103 million turnover, 800 staff and more than 5,400 students. The Faculty covers all the major academic disciplines and comprises eight leading departments: Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Process Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering; and, additionally, major cross-faculty research centres: Advanced Forming Research Centre, Power Networks Demonstration Centre, Advanced Nuclear Research Centre, Oil & Gas Institute, Advanced Space Concepts Lab, and High Performance Computing.
Prior to joining Strathclyde, he was Head of the Institute of Aerospace Sciences and Director of Research of the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University, UK; and previously he held academic positions at Queen Mary University of London, UK; University of Manchester; and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.
His expertise is in fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and nanotechnology (fluid/material interface). He is active in both fundamental and applied research, including technology transfer to industry and research establishments. He has received twice (2008 and 2011) the William Penney Fellowship Award by AWE Plc in recognition of his contributions to compressible fluid dynamics.
Prof Drikakis also received the 2014 Innovator of the Year Award 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.
He has co-authored two books in the field of computational fluid dynamics and has published about 155 journal and 229 conference papers/book chapters in the above technical areas with a h-index of 37 (Google Scholar), or 31 (Scopus). To date, he has graduated 61 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.