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Prof Tim Baker
UCL Mechanical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 1519
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  • Professor (Teaching)
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

After graduating from UCL Mechanical Engineering, Dr Tim Baker joined the department’s internal combustion engine research group. His PhD work focused on intake systems development in collaboration with Ford Motor Company. After leaving UCL Tim worked in motorsport starting with Formula 1, which saw his career evolve from engine development to engine design. He has designed engines that have won races and championships at global level, notably class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Safari Rally with Ford and winning the World Rallycross Championship. Most recently, Tim has designed the engines for the GP3 race series and Indy Lights in the US.

Research Groups
Research Summary

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Tim contributes to several research projects, for example designing and building flow rigs to simulate flow in vascular networks with Dr Rebecca Shipley’s biomedical group.

Teaching Summary

Tim returned part-time to UCL Mechanical Engineering in 2010 as a Senior Teaching Fellow and is Team Principal of UCL Racing. There are now three teams of students designing and building their own cars to compete in Formula Student, the Shell Eco Marathon and the World Solar Challenge. His teaching role within the department includes all aspects of design and manufacture.

Tim is also a student mentor and Careers Liaison Tutor for the department and improves students’ links with industry during their time at UCL. A programme of internships and placements allows students to gain experience in industry and those working with UCL Racing deal directly with external suppliers. He also runs outreach events to encourage the next generation of engineers to study at degree level and has set up a mentoring scheme for pupils competing in F1 in Schools.

Academic Background
1994   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1990   Bachelor of Engineering University College London
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