John did his PhD. in designing ships for lower emissions. He is an expert in ways of improving the energy efficiency of ships that are profitable or driven by regulation, which he has given many presentations and papers about. John led the development of a holistic ship design tool, the Whole Ship Model. As an independent policy advisor John attends the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) representing the interests of the members of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). He has worked on two IMO information papers and delivered a presentation to a IMO Inter Sessional Working Group on measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
Santiago was trained as a Mechanical Engineer. He has worked in the metal-mechanical industry as well as for the electrical transformer industry. He won the Stanley Gray Fellowship from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) for his study on Marine Waste Heat Recovery Systems (WHRS). As a researcher, he has focused on improving heat management from electrical transformers to ships. His main area of interest during the PhD was the use of alternative WHRS on board ships with the purpose of reducing fuel consumption. Nowadays, Santiago’s interests have been the use of alternative fuels, fuel cells, energy storage and carbon capture with the aim on integrating them as new solutions for future ship designs. He leads the work on developing different marine engineering technologies, propulsion systems and energy flows for a software solution which offers a unique holistic approach to designing energy efficient ships.