Imperial College London


Faculty of Engineering

Co-Director of the Energy Futures Lab (EFL)



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Peter Childs FREng is the Professorial Lead in Engineering Design and was the founding Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London. His general interests include: creativity; the application of creativity tools; mechanical and product design; robotics; rotating flow, temperature and its measurement, sustainable energy component, concept and system design.

He was formerly the director of InQbate, the HEFCE funded Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Creativity, director of the Rolls-Royce supported University Technology Centre for Aero-Thermal Systems and a professor at the University of Sussex.

His roles at Imperial include: Professor at Large for the Innovation Design Engineering double masters degree at the Royal College of Art and Imperial; as well as active roles with a number of companies including Q-Bot Ltd (Founder Director), and Strategy Foresight.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Shi F, Chen L, Han J, et al., 2017, A data-driven text mining and semantic network analysis for design information retrieval, Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol:139, ISSN:1050-0472

Hall A, Mayer T, Wuggetzer I, et al., 2013, Future aircraft cabins and design thinking: optimisation vs. win-win scenarios, Propulsion and Power Research, Vol:2, ISSN:2212-540X, Pages:85-95

McGlashan NR, Childs PRN, Heyes AL, et al., 2010, Producing Hydrogen and Power Using Chemical Looping Combustion and Water-Gas Shift, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power - Transactions of the ASME, Vol:132, ISSN:0742-4795, Pages:031401-1-031401-10

Coren D, Childs PRN, Long CA, 2009, Windage sources in smooth-walled rotating disc systems, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C - Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Vol:223, ISSN:0954-4062, Pages:873-888

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