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Dr Rebecca Sykes BEng MSc PhD CEng MIET

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Dr Rebecca Sykes is an adjunct fellow to the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies – Intelligent & Resilient Ocean Engineering.

I am a specialist in hydrodynamics, ocean energy and renewable energy systems, especially offshore wind, wave and tidal energy. I have worked on aero-servo-hydro-elastic models for the prediction of forces on wind turbines and their conversion of wind energy to electricity, and with BEM models for the same predictions for wave energy conversion to power. To broaden my expertise, I am also reading an MA in Ecological Design Thinking at Plymouth University.

I chair a group within the New Forest assisting the move towards a net zero carbon future and have established an education and science communication project on plastic pollution through a sailing expedition, called Clean Seas Odyssey (

As the former Vice-chair for the IEC Renewable Energy Operational Management Committee, I worked with an international team to create conformity assessment schemes for Marine Renewable Energy helping the path towards commercialisation for wave and tidal energy.

I was a Technology Innovation Leader at Lloyd's Register commercially developing technical and digital products for offshore renewable energy clients, including the first certification of a wave energy device using a technology qualification approach. I worked to initiate the same for a floating wind and wave energy converter.

I am a chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Research interests

Renewable Energy, Regenerative Design, Sustainability, Ecological Design, New Economics, Plastic Pollution.

Dr Rebecca Sykes
Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute University of Southampton Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus Southampton SO16 7QF

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