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, innovation, design; sustainable energy and robotics.

Prior to his current post at Imperial, he was director of the Rolls-Royce supported University Technology Centre for Aero-Thermal Systems, director of InQbate and professor at the University of Sussex.

He is the Editor of the Journal of Power and Energy, Professor of Excellence at MD-H, Berlin, Advisor Professor at Guangdong University of Technology, the Advisory Chair for the Leonardo Centre on Business for Society, and Director and Chairperson at BladeBUG Ltd and Founder Director and Chairperson at QBot Ltd.

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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