Rod Smith, FREng, Vice President of the IMechE, Head of Mechanical Engineering 2000-2005

Nick Cumpsty, FREng, Head of Mechanical Engineering 2005-2007

Tony Kinloch, FREng, FRS, Head of Mechanical Engineering 2007-2012

Peter Cawley, FREng, FRS, Head of Mechanical Engineering 2012-present   



Strength of Materials was renamed Mechanics of Materials; research in the area of fracture mechanics led to nineteen UK, USA and international standards and codes being published.

Meanwhile, in London...

London hosted the Summer Olympics in 2012, becoming the first city to do so three times. The Triathlon took place in Hyde Park and the Swiss team used the Ethos sports centre as a training base. The current Main Entrance on Exhibition Road was opened in 2004. The 1960s Southside Halls were upgraded and reopened in 2007. The College withdrew from the University of London in 2006. From this point on PhD theses were published in purple rather than blue binding.

Main entrance

Illustration of Imperial's new main entrance designed by Foster & Partners

New Royal charter

The new Royal Charter of Imperial College London as an independent institution, granted by The Queen under the Great Seal, which came into effect on 8 July 2007

Tribology alumni in Japan

A reunion of Tribology alumni in Japan with Professor Hugh Spikes, 2015

Photo credits:

Illustration of Imperial's main entrance by Kelly Stewart

Image of Royal Charter from Reporter- Issue 180

Photo of Tribology alumni in Japan from departmental archives