Professor Iacovides, graduated from University College London (Mechanical Engineering). He then joined the Thermo and Fluids Division of the Mechanical Engineering Department at UMIST as a post-graduate student, first obtaining an MSc Degree in Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics and then going on to complete a PhD project in Computational and Experimental Heat and Fluid Flow. He then joined the staff in the Thermo and Fluids Division of the Mechanical Engineering Department at UMIST, first as a post-doctoral researcher and subsequently as a member of academic staff. Currently he is a Professor of Convective Heat Transfer at the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering.
In June 2006, Prof. Iacovides shared the Award for Scientific Contribution from The Heat Transfer Society of Japan, with his MACE colleague Dr T. J. Craft and Prof K Suga of Osaka Prefecture University.