Mechanical Engineering

Prof Giles Thomas

Prof Giles Thomas

Professor of Maritime Engineering

Dept of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
4th Sep 2014

Research summary

Professor Thomas’ research focusses on the modelling and assessment of ship performance, in both the design and operational phases. 

Areas of research include: fluid-structure interaction problems, such as slamming of large high-speed craft and the interaction of ships with sea ice; incorporating virtual reality into the ship design process; optimisation of ship layouts; data analytics for assessing ship performance from full scale measurements; improving the efficiency of wave energy devices; the control and fault detection of underwater vehicles. 

Whilst he has an extensive background in experimental work, he currently focusses more on full scale measurements and data analytics as well as computational approaches.

He has worked with a large range of industry partners, for example he has a long-standing collaboration with Incat Tasmania and is currently the BMT Chair of Maritime Engineering.

Teaching summary

Currently Professor Thomas contributes to courses on naval architecture, ship design, ship dynamics and marine renewable energy. He also leads the undergraduate mechanical engineering individual project module.


University of Tasmania
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2003
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Other higher degree, Master of Philosophy | 1991
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
First Degree, Bachelor of Engineering | 1988