Professor John Dear


Impact Modelling and Repair of Composite Structures for the Green Energy Future

John has been an academic for 34 years in the Mechanics of Materials Division of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Prior to joining Imperial in 1988, John was an SERC Research Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University where he did his first degree and PhD research with Professor John E. Field OBE FRS. John did his undergraduate and PhD study at St John’s College, followed by a Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge.

John has been successful in obtaining research grants from the UK and US Government (EPSRC, ONR, MRC & DTI/TSB), European Commission, UK and overseas companies. He is Director of the BIAM Centre, at Imperial College London and Executive Joint Director of the AVIC Centre, at Imperial College London.  His research expertise is structural integrity of materials including manufacturing and micro-structural effects. He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Lightweight Materials and Manufacture. In 2019, John was appointed Honorary Professor of Xi’an Jiaotong University. He has published 391 journal and conference papers; contributed to 18 books, supervised 66 PhDs and 22 RAs. Examples include: impact performance of aerospace and automotive components, blast performance of laminated glass facades and composite structures, creep life of materials in power-station plant, water distribution plant and high-strain rate properties of polymers, composites and a wide range of other materials for defence applications and also for medical research.