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Dr Koen Matthys is leading the Motorsport Engineering programme at Brunel University London. His current interests are in the field of future race vehicle design and lap time optimization.


Koen obtained a BSc and MSc in Electromechanical Engineering from Ghent University, Belgium in 1999. He then continued and completed his PhD in Applied Sciences in 2004. Following a year as a consultant in Italy, he joined the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London in 2005. At Imperial, he worked within two major UK and EU industrial-academic consortia and led multidisciplinary projects in flow modelling for various applications ranging from physiological systems to liquid composites processing.  Koen has been a visiting scholar in several research institutes and centres of excellence around the world including the Center for Composite Materials at the University of Delaware near Philadelphia in US and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He was awarded a JSPS fellowship to work for one year at Osaka University, one of Japan's top three universities.


In 2007, Koen was offered a lecturer position at Brunel to drive the expansion of a bioengineering activity, but he gradually moved away from human-centred research not long after in pursuit of a different challenge. Inspired by the arrival of zero emission racing events in 2009, he turned his attention to the low carbon trend in the automotive and motorsport industry. Building on a background in mechatronics and a multidisciplinary skill set, Koen created a new area of research from the ground up and led Brunel's first involvement in electric motorsport events in the UK and further abroad. His efforts led to the new Brunel Motorsport Centre being opened in 2012 and taking up course directorship for Motorsport Engineering soon after. Away from campus, Koen remains active on and off the race track, pursuing research, design and entrepreneurial opportunities with the motorsport industry and racing partners. He is strongly engaged with the renowned Isle of Man TT motorcycle races that since 2010 have been offering a stable platform for racing innovation in the form of TTZero, a 37.73mile international time trial event for electric powered racing motorcycles on the infamous TT Mountain Course.

Newest selected publications

Endruweit, A., Matthys, KS., Peiro, J. and Long, AC. (2009) 'Effect of differential compression on the in-plane permeability tensor of heterogenous multilayer carbon fibre preforms'. Plastics, Rubber and Composites, 38 (1). pp. 1 - 9. ISSN: 1465-8011

Journal article

Gascons, M., Blanco, N. and Matthys, K. (2008) 'Mechanical and manufacturing optimization of a large vessel through simulation'.9th International Conference on Textile Composites (TexComp9). Newark, DE. 13 - 15 October

Conference paper

D'Avenio, G., Matthys, K. and Grigioni, M. (2008) 'Ultrasound echo contrast agent as tracer for vascular flow (Abstract)'. International Journal of Artificial Organs, 31 (7). pp. 640. ISSN: 0391-3988

Journal article

Matthys, KS., Kalmar, AF., Struys, MMRF., Mortier, EP., Avolio, AP., Segers, P. and et al. (2008) 'Long-term pressure monitoring with arterial applanation tonometry: a non-invasive alternative during clinical intervention?'. Technology and Health Care, 16 (3). pp. 183 - 193. ISSN: 0928-7329

Journal article

Matthys, KS., Alastruey, J., Peiró, J., Khir, AW., Segers, P., Verdonck, PR., et al. (2007) 'Pulse wave propagation in a model human arterial network: assessment of 1-D numerical simulations against in vitro measurements'. Journal of Biomechanics, 40 (15). pp. 3476 - 3486. ISSN: 0021-9290

Journal article
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