Ricardo is Professor of Turbomachinery at Imperial College London, and Head of the Thermofluids Division in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
He leads a research group in the area of low carbon vehicles with particular emphasis on highly downsized engines, turbochargers and energy storage systems. He has developed the area of unsteady flow aerodynamics of small turbines, with particular application to the turbocharger industry. The work has attracted support not only from government agencies but also from industry.
Ricardo has a MEng (Hons) degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London. He obtained a DPhil in the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre at the University of Oxford in 1993. He was appointed lecturer at Imperial College in 1994 and became professor in 2012.
He is the current Chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Turbomachinery Committee and until Sept 2017 he was chair of UK Universities Internal Combustion Engines Group (UnICEG). He is a visiting professor in the University Teknologi of Malaysia and at the Nanyang Technical University in Singapore.