Professor Savvas Tassou
Professor Tassou has a first degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in the area of design and control optimisation of heat pump systems. After completing his PhD he worked as a lecturer in thermofluids and energy at the Polytechnic of Central London, now the University of Westminster for 5 years, before joining Brunel University London in 1986. At Brunel he has had a number of roles and management responsibilities at departmental, faculty and university levels including directorship of postgraduate programmes in Built Environment Engineering and Energy, Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering for 3 years, Head of the School of Engineering and Design for 10 years, before becoming the Director of the Institute of Energy Futures in 2014.
The Institute involves 45 academic staff and the research is structured in four major research themes: energy efficient and sustainable technologies; future power networks-smart grids; resource efficient future cities; advanced power train and fuels. Prof Tassou leads the energy efficient and sustainable technologies theme and the Research Councils UK Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food Chains (CSEF). His research interests include energy efficiency and demand reduction in heating, cooling and refrigeration processes, systems and applications in the built environment and industrial sectors. He has published extensively in the field and has received substantial funding from national and international funding bodies for his research. He is a member of a number of national and international steering groups and committees on energy demand reduction and decarbonisation.