Aaron Zigeng Du

Head of London Office

Aaron is a highly experienced Chartered Engineer and Business Manager, with exceptional experience in a wide range of international offshore engineering projects.

About Aaron Zigeng Du

Aaron joined Empire Engineering in February 2020 as Head of London Office, setting up the London base as part of the company long-term growth plan.

Aaron is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has over 11 years structural and mechanical engineering experience in the offshore renewable energy and oil & gas industries. He has taken commercial and technical responsibility for a portfolio of international engineering projects, overseeing projects from tendering through to completion, and ensuring quality of service delivery.

Early career

Prior to joining Empire Engineering, Aaron worked at DNV GL Slough and London offices for 10 years. There, he held various positions including Lead Engineer of Fixed & Floating Structures team, and Group Leader, Principal Engineer and Project Manager of SIM and Structures unit.

He is specialised in structural design of jackets and topsides, linear and nonlinear finite element analysis (FEA) of global structures and local structural components, structural integrity management (SIM) of fixed and floating structures, project and business management, compliance and codes of practice.

Aaron also led technical development covering broad topics, such as floating structures integrity management (FSIM), risk-based inspection (RBI) of offshore wind foundations, SIM data for decommissioning, digital climate change and catastrophe modelling of energy assets, etc. In 2009, Aaron spent one year at SLP London office as a Structural Analyst, mainly working on FEA of a number of renewable structures, including Thanet monopile design, ETI TLP floating wind foundation feasibility study, and Atlantis tidal turbine foundation design.

Professional Experience

Aaron is a Chartered Engineer and one of the youngest Fellows of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He has been actively involved in IMechE committee since 2012, having taken several positions such as Chairman of IMechE Great London Young Member Panel in 2015-16, a Vice Chairman of IMechE Great London Region in 2016-18, and Professional Reviewer for Chartered engineer membership since 2017. He is also a Nominated Committee Board Member of the Offshore Engineering Society (OES) since 2014. Aaron obtained an MSc degree in Structural Steel Design and Business Management from Imperial College London in 2008 and will complete his Executive MBA from University of Cambridge in April 2020.


Why offshore wind?

“Offshore wind is a clean and carbon-free energy source producing sustainable electricity. A lot of enthusiastic and hard-working talents who care about our planet work in this young energy sector, making a real impact in the in the battle against climate change. I would like to be one of them.”

What does the future hold for the industry?

“Offshore wind is one of the fastest growing renewable power sources in the world. In the future, I would like to see more cutting-edge technologies, such as Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain, to be effectively used to improve the efficiency of power generation, increase turbine reliability, and reduce operation and maintenance cost in offshore wind farms.”

Specialist Areas

Structural design, structural integrity management, project and business management, compliance, codes of practice, museums and Chinese porcelain pottery.

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Aaron’s Articles

Offshore wind development in China, what next?

Offshore wind development in China, what next?

By Aaron Du. Empire Engineering has been working closely with Chinese offshore wind developers, EPC contractors and suppliers on a number of offshore wind projects in recent years. Based on our understanding of the Chinese offshore wind market, we would like to share...

Empire Engineering London office expansion

Empire Engineering London office expansion

We are proud to announce the next stage of growth for Empire Engineering – the opening of a larger London office. Thanks to the hard work of the whole team and Aaron Zigeng Du, our head of London office, Empire continues to expand at a rapid pace.  Aaron is joined by...

Opportunities and obstacles to choosing Chinese fabricators for offshore wind projects in Europe

The frontier between fixed and floating foundations in offshore wind

By Eric Paya and Aaron Zigeng Du. The frontier between fixed and floating foundations In the ScotWind Leasing Round, around 50% of the Draft Plan Option (DPO) areas are located in “deep water zones”, which have water depths greater than 50 metres. Considering the...

Webinar on demand: An introduction to floating offshore wind.

Webinar on demand: An introduction to floating offshore wind.

By Aaron Zigeng Du and Eric Paya. On Friday 26 June, we ran our first ever live broadcast. The hot topic for the discussion was offshore wind foundations. Two of our expert team members, Aaron Zigeng Du and Eric Paya took time out from their busy schedules to deliver...

Floating Offshore Wind is Here to Stay

Floating Offshore Wind is Here to Stay

By Aaron Zigeng Du and Eric Paya. Floating Wind Goes Mainstream Floating offshore wind (FOW), considered as a niche technology by some, is no longer confined to R&D. It has gradually reached a high ‘technology readiness level’, making it a natural complement to...