Areas of expertise
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Computing, Simulation & Modelling
- Environmental Impacts
- Oil and Gas
- Process Systems Engineering
- Renewable Energy
- Systems Engineering
Dr Inġ. Darren Mifsud (PhD, MSc, B.Eng. (Hons) & AMIMechE) is an Engineer by Profession, MCAST Senior Lecturer; MCAST Fluid Mechanics Engineering Research (MCAST-EFMRG) Group Lead; Cranfield University Visiting Researcher and Lecturer, Technologist and Inventor of a Novel Artificial Lift Technology and Independent Engineering Consultant.
An engineer with a doctorate in Fluid Mechanics and Multiphase Flow Systems from Cranfield University. Dr Mifsud obtained a B.Eng. (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering (Plant) from MCAST University College, M.Sc. degree in Process Systems Engineering from Cranfield University, and a doctoral degree in Fluid Mechanics and Multiphase Flow Systems from Cranfield University.
During his early career, Dr Mifsud was awarded a highly commended certificate by the International awarding body Edexcel London; recognising the first Maltese MCAST student who obtained distinctive results in his course leading to the MCAST-Btec Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering; was later recognised by the Minister of Economy and Small Business for his contributing ideas leading to the best business plan and strongest entrepreneurial skills; was awarded as the Best B.Eng. (Hons) Overall Student in the Mechanical Engineering (Plant) Course – MCAST IET 2010-2014; and was also awarded as the Best Overall Student in Process Systems Engineering MSc Course - SWEE 2016.
Dr Mifsud current work comprises a multitude of research topics, mainly specialising in research areas related to artificial lift technologies, fluid mechanics, flow assurance and heat analysis. He is currently pursuing the development of a patented Multi-phase Jet Pump / Ejector Technology, particularly for flare gas recovery use, aiming toward the commercialisation of a novel technological device promoting net zero routine flaring - an initiative to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Dr Inġ. Darren Mifsud research work led to the development of a novel technology for the oil and gas industry - A patented technology - Jet Pump Apparatus - UK (GB2571135A)
Research Interests: Fluid Mechanics, Flow Assurance, Petroleum (Oil and Gas) Engineering, Offshore and Ocean Engineering, Process Engineering, Heat Transfer and Thermal Analysis, Flow Metering, Management for Technology and Environmental Management, Technology and Innovation, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Energy Management.
Senior lecturer and Researcher at the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) - Lectures study units at level-6-degree programmes and level-7 Masters programs.
Lecturing Portfolio - Thermodynamics, Heat and Heat Engines, Thermo and Fluid Dynamics, Alternative and Traditional Power Generation, HVAC, Plant Design, Plant Typology, Energy Management, Energy and Climate Dynamic Building Simulation, and Building Energy.
Supervising level-6 Degree Students and level-7 MSc Students
Leading MCAST Engineering Fluid Mechanics Research Group (MCAST EFMRG)
Visiting researcher at Cranfield University - Conducting collaborative research with Dr Patrick Verdin from Cranfield University
Promoting and further developing a newly Patented Technology - Jet Pump Apparatus - UK (GB2571135A)
VET Ambassador of MCAST
Institute of Engineering and Transport (IET)
British Petroleum (BP)
Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST)
Articles In Journals
- Mifsud D & Verdin PG (2019) Surrogate-based design optimisation tool for dual-phase fluid driving jet pump apparatus, Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering, Available online 22 November 2019.
- Mifsud D, Cao Y, Verdin PG & Lao L (2019) The hydrodynamics of two-phase flows in the injection part of a conventional ejector, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 112 (March) 219-242.