Chief Electrical Engineer
Professor Chris Hodge OBE FREng - Chief Electrical Engineer
Professor Chris Hodge’s established reputation in Marine Engineering makes him a thought leader at BMT Defence Services and within the Maritime Industry.
Starting his career in the Royal Navy, Chris gained valuable experience in nuclear and conventional submarines when he was appointed Project Officer for the development of propulsion technology. Rising through the ranks, Chris completed his naval service as the Head of Specialist Electrical Power Systems at the Ministry of Defence following 26 years’ service. He then spent some time at Rolls Royce Marine Division before joining BMT Defence Services as the Chief Electrical Engineer since 2005.
As a Chartered Engineer, Chris has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, a Post Graduate Diploma in Nuclear Science & Technology and an MSc in Electrical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering where he served as an elected Trustee and Council Member from 2005 to 2009 and is also an Honorary Professor of Engineering at the University of Warwick.
Chris is serving as the President of The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) following long-term involvement as a Fellow, Trustee, Council Member, Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He was Editor-in-Chief of the IMarEST Proceedings Part B until he took up the Chair the Institute’s Board of Trustees. He was also the Editor of the MOD Journal of Naval Engineering until it was merged with the Review of Naval Engineering; he remains a member of the editorial board for the new journal, 'The Naval Engineer'.
Besides this, Chris has delivered keynote addresses at several international marine engineering and power electrical engineering conferences and has lectured at the Institute of Electrical Engineers, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Marine
Engineering, Science and Technology. He has also taught as a visiting Professor at the universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.
In 2015, Chris received an OBE in recognition of his services to Royal Navy Engineering.