• University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH

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Dr Demetrios T. Venetsanos was appointed Senior Lecturer in Engineering in September 2021.

Following a 5-year integrated study in Mechanical Engineering (with a pathway in Aeronautical Engineering) from the National Technical University of Athens (Greece), Demetrios specialised in topology and layout optimisation of structures, gaining his PhD in 2010 from the National Technical University of Athens (Greece).

Having worked in the Greek Academia for 13 years, and in parallel running his own technical firm and working with the Greek industry as a freelance Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Dr Venetsanos moved to the UK and joined Kingston University-London as a Senior Lecturer in January, 2013. At Kingston University, Demetrios undertook various posts, to include that of Course Director, External Examiner and Interim Deputy Head of School. After almost five years, he joined Coventry University in 2017, where he worked as an Assistant Professor in Engineering Design and an Associate Member of the Institute for Future Transport and Cities.

Dr Venetsanos has published more than 100 articles, of which 24 articles are in peer-reviewed scientific journals, has four PhD completions in the UK, one as Director of Studies, and is currently on the supervisory team of three PhD students. As PI/Co-PI, he has participated in six UK-funded projects, while he was included in the 2021 Research Excellent Framework.

Presently, he is a regular reviewer in Q1 journals in mechanical and biomechanical engineering, and a Review Editor in computational mechanics. He is also a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, the International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO), the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Dr Venetsanos has been nominated three times for excellence in Teaching. Representing Kingston University, Demetrios was a member of the IMechE Committee for the Design Challenge Competition (Greater London Region) and has participated as a Judge in the IMechE Formula Student competition.


Research Expertise and Interests

Dr Venetsanos’ research interest and expertise includes the design, analysis and optimisation of structures, systems and/or components/devices, targeting three strategic priorities, namely the safe and clean transportation in future cities, the well-being of elderly in an aging society, and clean growth.

Within this framework, his research activity includes:

  • Structural Optimisation (with emphasis on the minimum weight Fail-Safe design of structures, and the optimised design of real-world engineering structures to comply with EuroCode standards);
  • Computational Orthopaedics (to include the design of an expandable hip implant, the design of fixation plates for bone fractures, the design of implants, arthoplasty, osteoporosis, as well as the optimised prophylactic augmentation of osteoporotic femora via injection of bone cement);
  • Simulation of the human lens accommodation (to include the study of the mechanism of presbyopia and the optimum design of intraocular lens implants);
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery (with focus on the theoretical design of nested tubular configurations of Nitinol wires);
  • Design of other medical devices (with emphasis on prosthetics and orthotics);
  • Applications in automotive / aerospace Engineering (to include Impact Attenuation, the effect of acceleration/deceleration and/or impact on the human body, the effect of osteoporosis on bones in weightlessness environments);
  • Applications using new materials (with focus on the use of composites from terpolyaramide fibres and nano-tube enhanced resins); and
  • Computational Mechanics (with emphasis on Optimality criteria, deterministic and stochastic optimization methods, A.I and Reinforced Learning techniques).

Research Degree Supervision

Director of Studies

1. Santana Artiles M.E. ‘Numerical and experimental investigation of optimal femoral bone augmentation’ (Scholarship - funded PhD by the Faculty of SEC, Kingston University, UK; completed - 2020)

Co-supervision of PhD students

6. Cloake, T., ‘Modelling Lower Limb Open Fracture from Road Traffic Collisions’ (Coventry University, UK – on going)
5. Spanidis, P., ‘Design For Additive Manufacturing – Supporting And Applying The Substitution Of Components In Series Products’ (National Technical University of Athens, GR – on going)
4. Morsy, T. ‘Development of Vehicle Safety Systems for Pedestrian protection’ (Coventry University, UK – on going)
3. Wang, K., ‘Mechanical Properties of Human Eyes’ (completed – Kingston University, UK; 2017)
2. Nanayakkara, V.K., ‘A wearable robotic hand with power assist’ (completed – Kingston University, UK; 2017)
1. Sedyono J., ‘Optimisation of Laminated Composite Structures’ (completed – Kingston University, UK; 2017)




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