Fifty years of dedicated service to City University London
Ian K. Smith, Professor of Applied Thermodynamics, has spent half a century of his academic life at City University London. This remarkable achievement will be marked this week when Professor Smith delivers a lecture entitled 'Power to the People', to an invited audience of colleagues, former students, friends and family members.
Professor Smith's tenure at City has been characterised by his outstanding contribution to teaching, research and the vital work of cementing ties between academia and industry, demonstrated by his foresight in establishing the Centre for Positive Displacement Compressor Technology in 1995.
During the celebratory lecture, Professor Smith will examine the revolutionary role played by electricity in raising the standard of living of humanity - a role that he believes far surpasses any social or political revolution. He will also give an account of his activities in increasing electricity generation by recovering power from lower temperature heat sources. This is in part the genesis of the Centre for Positive Displacement Compressor Technology.
Professor Smith has published over 180 refereed papers, co-authored two monographs and filed eight patent applications. He is also the holder or joint holder of ten professional awards or prizes including the 1981 Institute of Marine Engineers Silver Medal and the highly prestigious 2005 IMechE James Clayton Prize.