Prof. Varnavas Serghides

Prof. Varnavas Serghides

Mechanical Engineering
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Short CV
Professor Varnavas C. Serghides joined Frederick University, in October 2012, as Professor of Aerospace Vehicle Design, following twenty-two years of academic career in the Aeronautics Department at Imperial College London. His overall experience in the Aerospace sector spans more than thirty-five years. His qualifications include a PhD and MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design (AVD) from Cranfield Institute of Technology, obtained in 1987 and 1985 respectively, a BSc (Honours) in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Manchester in 1984, a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute in 1979 specialising in Jet Propulsion, Aeroplane Pilot licences with various ratings and aircraft types, Airline Engineering, Air Force experience and Aircraft Design R&D work with the Hellenic Aerospace Industry. His doctoral and post-doctoral research was on the design synthesis and optimisation of advanced canard-delta combat aircraft and was funded by the UK Ministry of Defence/ Royal Aircraft Establishment. He initially joined the Imperial Aeronautics Department in 1991, as the British Aerospace (BAe) Lecturer in Aerospace Vehicle Design with full funding and support from BAe. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, (SMAIAA), Visiting Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College Aeronautics, PhD and MSc External Examiner at Cranfield University Aerospace. Over the years he consulted for various aerospace companies and research organisations. He is also a reviewer for major international aerospace journals. Professor Serghides is best known for his work on novel future aircraft design configurations. His research focuses on the design synthesis, methodologies, analysis, optimization, flight simulation and testing of advanced future aircraft concepts and the development of novel configurations that evolve from the introduction of new operational requirements, both civil and military, or through the use of newly emerging advanced technologies. To date, he has successfully produced more than 70 innovative future aircraft design studies and conceived and developed more than 35 highly original aircraft design concepts. His designs have provided solutions for a wide variety of civil and military future applications with speed capabilities ranging from low subsonic to hypersonic. They included both manned and unmanned aerospace vehicles with a wide range of advanced configurations and sizes. His work has so far been funded by the British Aerospace, UK Ministry of Defence, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Defence Evaluation & Research Agency, QinetiQ, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the EU. Research results have been published in refereed top Aerospace Journals, Conference Proceedings and Technical Reports. At Imperial, Professor Serghides was the Director and Founder of the AVD Research Group and supervised a large number of PhD research projects. He also founded and directed the Flight Simulation Laboratory and its activities while introducing several innovative teaching and research methods. He has a vast teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels particularly in the areas of Aerospace Vehicle Design and Advanced Flight Mechanics where he created new courses and supervised a huge number of Large Group and Individual student design projects. While at Imperial he served on the Senate and he was Director of Studies for many years. He acted as External Examiner for other Universities and held various roles in several internal and external national and international committees. At Frederick, Professor Serghides teaches Aircraft Design, Aerodynamics and Performance, as well as Vehicle Engineering Design and Aerodynamics on the Mechanical and Automotive Engineering programmes. He also chairs the PhD Research committee.
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