Professor Ian Youngs
Materials Innovations Leadership Group Member
Professor Ian Youngs has been a (senior) Fellow at Dstl since 2016, having been employed in defence research for over 30 years. Ian is a visiting professor in Physics at the University of Exeter. He is a strategically focused technical advisor to the MOD’s Advanced materials and Defence S&T Futures Programmes. Ian has acted as the sole expert witness to independent MOD panels for deep dive reviews of a Sovereign Capability (2018) and the status of metamaterials in the UK (2020), and has led the UK research base and government to recognise the importance of being internationally leading in the dual-use exploitation of metamaterials, as evidenced in the UK Innovation Strategy.