Fabian Hualca

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Fabian Hualca
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Born (1990-10-30) October 30, 1990 (age 31)
Other namesPato
CitizenshipBritish and Ecuadorian
  • BEng in Aerospace Engineering
  • MSc in Advanced Aeronautical Engineering
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering
Alma mater
OccupationAerospace engineer
OrganizationHalo Innovate
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)

Fabian Hualca (born October 30, 1990) is a British Aerospace engineer and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Halo Innovate, a luxury beauty & body care brand. Hualca is the First Ecuadorian to graduate from Imperial College London in Aeronautical Engineering. He specialises in turbomachinery design, CAE, MATLAB, CADET V14, GASTURB.[1]

Hualca is an affiliate member of IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) and RAeS (Royal Aeronautical Society). He is also a recognised author at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and has published 10 research papers that have been highly acclaimed in the Aerospace engineering domain. As of 2021, Hualca serves as the director of Halo Innovative and the Lead Design Engineer for the European ARIAS project.

Early life and education

Hualca was born on October 30, 1990, in Ecuador-Quito. His early education began at Paulo VI Quito. When he was eight years old, Hualca moved to London in order to further his studies. After completing his primary education at Lawndale Junior School and Rokeby Secondary School, Hualca went to Greenwich college. He also enrolled in the West-Ham United Soccer School where he played football for two years.

In 2011, Hualca enrolled at Queen Mary University of London, to pursue a Bachelor’s degree of engineering with a specialization in Aerospace engineering. After that, he went to Imperial College London to acquire a Master’s degree in Advanced Aeronautical Engineering. He was the First Ecuadorian to graduate from Imperial College London in Aeronautical Engineering. In 2015, Hualca applied for a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, being the First Ecuadorian to be awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Bath, in Turbomachinery.


Hualca started his career in 2011 as an intern at Alpari UK. In 2015 he became a research student at the University of Bath, where he offered his excellence for three years. He did an industrial Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with Siemens AG (Germany & UK collaboration), focusing on secondary cooling systems for gas turbines.[2]

In 2016 he became a research student at Beihang University (China). In the same year, Hualca joined ASME International Gas Turbine Institute, where he served as an author, conference speaker and reviewer.

In 2017, Hualca applied as a volunteer at the Consulate of Ecuador, where he teaches -Maths, Physics, 3D printing, and Engineering. In 2018, Hualca founded Halo Innovate, a luxury beauty & body care brand. A year later, he acquired a UK Design Patent Certificate for a unique product created by Halo Innovate.

In 2019 Hualca became an associate engineering researcher at Imperial College London, where he is the Lead Design Engineer at ROLLS ROYCE-VUTC.[3] Hualca is responsible for designing and constructing a novel seal flutter rig, as well as developing methods to predict flutter and conducting aeroelasticity experiments. In the same year, he also became the principal Design Engineer at the ARIAS project.

In 2021, Hualca became the first Ecuadorian to meet all the requirements for the ESA (European Space Agency) Astronaut Selection Campaign 2021, along with passing the PPL (Private Pilot Licence) medical check.[4][5]


  • Hualca, Fabian P.; Horwood, Joshua T. M.; Sangan, Carl M.; Lock, Gary D.; Scobie, James A. (2020-01-22). The Effect of Vanes and Blades on Ingress in Gas Turbines. Retrieved 7 June 2021.

Personal life

Hualca’s family calls him Pato. He is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

In the media



  1. "researchgate". researchgate. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  2. Society, Biochemical (2017-02-24). "Empowering the adults of the future". Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  3. "People". Imperial College London. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  4. "Mechanical Engineering Departmental Newsletter November 2021". imperialcollmecheng.newsweaver.com. Retrieved 4 December 2021.
  5. "2022 European Space Agency Astronaut Group". Wikipedia. 12 November 2021. Retrieved 4 December 2021.

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