Roderick A Smith


Professor Roderick A Smith, ScD., FREng.,


is currently a Research Professor of Railway Engineering in the Department Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London and Chairman of the Future Rail Research Centre. He is author of more than 350 publications on fatigue and fracture of metals and latterly on many aspects of railway engineering. He was a member of the British Rail Board’s Research and Technical Committee  (1992-96) and Head of the Advanced Railway Research Centre at the University of Sheffield from (1993-00). He has been Head of Mechanical Engineering at both Sheffield (1992-5) and Imperial College (2000-5). He is a frequent expert witness in legal cases involving railway engineering, a keynote speaker at international conferences and an elected Vice President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is a Trustee of the Science Museum and a member of the advisory Board of the National Railway Museum. Recent EPSRC contacts include the highly rated GR/R17577/01 Fatigue Design of Railway Axles, many interactions with Railway Research UK and membership of the EPSRC Peer Review College. He has held extensive industrial financial research support from Hitachi, AEATechnology Rail and Network Rail.

He was President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers 2011-12 and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Deaprtment for Transport 2012-14.

He has been awarded Honarary Doctor of Engineering Degrees from the Universities of Lincoln and Sheffield and is an Honorary Fellow of Queens' College Cambridge.


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