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Professor Sam Akehurst BEng(Hons), CEng MIMechE Interim Deputy Academic Director

Sam is a Professor of Advanced Powertrain Systems and Deputy Academic Director of the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems


Sam leads research projects on future thermal propulsion and hybrid powertrains with a range of industry and academic partners.

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Sam is also currently PI on an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership Programme with Jaguar Land Rover and CI on the EPSRC funded CDT in Advanced Propulsion System.


  • Future Internal Combustion Engine technology
  • Advanced Transmission Systems
  • Turbocharging and boosting systems
  • Thermal management of Powertrain systems
  • Powertrain Modelling Techniques


  • SPEED V: Super-high Power-dense Engines for Electric-hybrid Vehicles - Modular Downsized Internal Combustion Engines with Low CO2 Per Unit Power Output for Hybrid Powertrain
  • BOOST: centre for excellence in engine boosting and dilution systems
  • APAS: Advanced Powertrain Architecture Selection Tool

For more projects please see the publications link below

This person is available to supervise research degree projects


View a list of books and publications by Sam Akehurst


In his current role(s) Sam has secured in excess of £20m in research funding and published over 120 journal and conference papers. His research focuses on the performance of future powertrain systems. His current research portfolio includes a range of collaborative projects in advanced Gasoline and Hybrid engine technology, hybrid powertrains and advanced propulsion systems. Akehurst’s research is a mixture of fundamental and applied research combining both modern state of the art computer simulation tools and the latest approaches to experimentation using the research facilities of IAAPS. From 2005-2010 he held an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship, ‘developing an integrated approach to powertrain design, performance optimisation and rapid calibration, through a simulation/model based philosophy’.


BEng(Hons) and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath.