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UCL Mechanical Engineering's Prof David Andrews enters Hall of Fame as Pioneer of Naval Ship Design

27 July 2020

After winning the prestigious Froude Medal from the Royal Institute of Naval Architecture, Professor David Andrews (FREng, PhD, FRINA, FIMechE, FRSA) from UCL Mechanical Engineering has been declared “a pioneer of naval ship design” by the journal Ships and Offshore Structures.

A headshot of Prof David Andrews from UCL Mechanical Engineering

Professor Andrews, UCL Mechanical Engineering’s Professor of Engineering Design, recently entered into Ships and Offshore Structures' “Hall of Fame”, and was named in an elite group of maritime luminaries, including William Froude, for whom the Royal Institute of Naval Architecture (RINA)’s highest honour in naval architecture is named.

A UCL alumnus and an acknowledged international authority on ship design practice and methodology, Professor Andrews is a stalwart of UCL’s Marine Research Group, having returned to UCL as a Professor of Naval Architecture, after a distinguished career in the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

Highlights of Andrews’ illustrious and extensive career in ship design and naval architecture include being responsible for the first Trimaran ship build, and submitting plans for a new royal yacht to former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the British Royal Family.


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  • A headshot of Professor David Andrews. Credit: UCL Mechancial Engineering / Mykal Riley.