Imperial College London


Faculty of Engineering

Co-Director of the Energy Futures Lab (EFL)



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Studio 1, Dyson BuildingDyson BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





  • Design Society Distinguished Paper Award, Design Society, 2019
  • ICED17 Best Paper Award. Baxter, W., Aurisicchio, M., Mugge, R., and Childs, P.R.N. Positive and negative contamination in user interaction. ICED 2017., Design Society, 2017
  • IEEE Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation Award, Winner 2015, QBot., IEEE, 2015
  • Design2014 outstanding paper award, Design2014, 2014
  • 2009 ASME Best Paper Award, ASME Turbo Expo Cycle Innovations Committee. Paper: 2009-GT-59492 Producing hydrogen and power using chemical looping combustion and water-gas shift, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2010
  • 1999 International Gas Turbine Institute, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (IGTI-ASME), John P. Davis Award for exceptional contribution to the literature of gas turbine technology, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1999

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering, 2019
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineeers, 2010
  • FIMecE, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1999

Commercial Spinoffs

  • Q-Bot Ltd, Director (Founder) and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), Q-Bot is bringing robotic servicesto the building, engineering andinfrastructure industries: enhancing existing capabilities, creating new services, and opening up enormous new markets. Q-Bot’s robots are compact, powerful and capable of operating in hazardous environments. These intelligent tools can remotely carry out operations that would otherwise be impractical and cost prohibitive for humans to do so., 2012

Editorial Boards

  • Journal of Power and Energy, Editor