Professor Stathis Ioannides has been presented with the Leonardo da Vinci Award for his synergistic combination of the tribology theory with the technical and practical aspects of the mechanical industry, in his contribution to the design of new rolling bearings.

The Leonardo da Vinci International Award was established by the AIPI, The Italian Association of Industrial Designers, and is awarded every two years to Italian designers, foreign designers and Italian companies which have made a valuable contribution to technical industrial innovation.

“I am delighted to see Stathis recognized for his outstanding work in tribology and advanced modeling of bearings,” said Tom Johnstone, president and CEO of SKF. “He has played a key role for many years in the development of SKF bearings.”

The Leonardo da Vinci Award will be presented to Professor Ioannides on May 4 at a prestigious ceremony in Italy.

Professor Ioannides is a world acknowledged expert in tribology and led the development of the SKF life theory since 1983. This became the new ISO standard for the calculation of rolling bearing life in 2007 and is used today by all the bearing companies in the world.

Professor Ioannides retired from his position as director for product engineering in July 2009, after working for SKF for nearly 30 years. He still works closely with SKF on a consultancy basis and he remains a visiting professor at Imperial College in the United Kingdom, which is one of the prominent and most renowned universities in the world for tribology studies.