Imperial College London

Emeritus ProfessorRodSmith

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Emeritus Professor



+44 (0)20 7594 7007roderick.smith Website




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Professor Roderick Smith, ScD, FREng., is currently Royal Academy of Engineering Network Rail Research Professor of Railway Engineering, Imperial College and Chair of the Future Railway Research Centre. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at Central Queensland University, Australia & of the Academy of Railway Science of China and York and City universities in the UK.. He is Vice President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

He was previously a lecturer in the Cambridge University Engineering Department (1980-88) and Professor of Mechanical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield (1988-2000), including a period as Head of Department (1992-95). He was Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College (2000-2005). Professor Smith has undertaken consultancy work for Tech Director, British Steel plc (1987-90), was involved in crowd safety research assisting the Health and Safety Executive with investigations into the Hillsborough disaster, and has worked for the Board of British Rail (1992-96) and as an expert witness in many legal cases. He has also worked in Japan with Universities, Japanese railway organisations and manufacturers. He has published widely and is frequently invited to address international meetings and conferences.

More information can be found on his personal web page:




Cornish A, Smith RA, Dear J, 2016, Monitoring of strain of in-service railway switch rails through field experimentation, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part F -journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, Vol:230, ISSN:0954-4097, Pages:1429-1439

Read MG, Smith RA, Pullen KR, 2015, Optimisation of flywheel energy storage systems with geared transmission for hybrid vehicles, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol:87, ISSN:0094-114X, Pages:191-209

Smith RA, Zhou J, 2014, Background of recent developments of passenger railways in China, the UK and other European countries, Journal of Zhejiang University-science A, Vol:15, ISSN:1673-565X, Pages:925-935

Smith RA, 2011, Full speed ahead, Materials World, Vol:19, ISSN:0967-8638, Pages:24-26


Smith RA, Watson R, Zhou J, 2012, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS OF HIGH-SPEED RAIL, 2nd International Conference on Road and Rail Infrastructure (CETRA), UNIV ZAGREB, FAC CIVIL ENGINEERING, Pages:35-44, ISSN:1848-9850

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