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John Farley OBE AFC CEng HonDTech HonDEng

Immediate Past Honorary President

Tel: +44 (0) 1243 670772

E-mail: johnfarley@tiscali.co.uk

John Farley did his engineering training as a student apprentice at the Royal Aircraft Establishment Farnborough before joining the RAF for pilot training in 1955. After flying Hunters with 4 Squadron based in Germany, he was a flying instructor at the RAF College Cranwell before joining the Empire Test Pilots' School course in 1963. Following a distinguished pass from ETPS he became a test pilot on the RAE Aerodynamics Research Flight at Bedford. During this tour he flew all the UK research aircraft then flying. As RAE project pilot on the P1127 prototype in 1964, he started what was to become 19 years of Harrier programme test flying moving from the RAE to join Hawker Siddeley Aviation at Dunsfold from where he retired as Chief Test Pilot. As the Harrier programme progressed, he became increasingly involved in overseas ventures especially with the US and various navies. John Farley has flown over 80 different aircraft types, both fixed and rotary wing. In 1990 he became the first western test pilot invited by the Russians to fly the Mig-29 and later participated with Lockheed as a JSF Red Team member. He retired from test piloting in 1999 but continues to consult on flight test programmes. In 1995 he started summer school courses for 16 to 18 year old students to encourage them to become engineers in the aerospace business and today runs the Schools Aerospace Challenge and International Aerospace Summer School, both held at Cranfield University. He was elected President of the AAU in 2009.

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Prof. Mike West

Honorary President

Tel: +44 (0) 1788 832623

E-mail: Mikewest1@btinternet.com

Mike West began his career in the aircraft industry working at Hawker Siddeley Dynamics (HSD) where he was involved mainly with missile and aircraft flight simulation. He began his research for the degree of PhD on behalf of the company whilst at HSD and later moved into the academia. He was seconded to near full-time work on the UK wave energy research programme from 1975-91 and returned to full-time academic work when the government ceased funding research for wave energy. He was appointed the Head of Department of Systems & Electronic Engineering at Coventry University which offered degree programmes in Electronics, Telecommunications, ICT, Avionics, Aerospace Systems, Aerospace Technology until his retirement. He has lectured in electronics & instrumentation on a range of courses and also in orbital mechanics to final year aerospace students. He was a key Co-Founder of the AAU in 1997 and was its Secretary and/or Treasurer from its inception for over 10 years. Having served as the Vice President for a few years, he was appointed as the President of the AAU on the First of April 2015 when the now immediate Past President John Farley OBE stepped down after completing his term of six years at the top. As a consequence of attending Alumni events in his old Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Liverpool University over the years, he decided to finance a prize awarded to the winning team in a design competition in which he actively participates by attending laboratory experiment sessions and observing the competition process. In June 2014, the University of Liverpool conferred upon him the title of Honorary Visiting Professor. He feels extremely privileged to receive this recognition as it was unsolicited and a complete surprise.

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Dr. David Philpott

Honorary Vice President

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Thurai Rahulan BSc (Hons) PhD AMIMechE FRAeS

Honorary Chair

Tel: + 44 (0) 161 295 3241

E-mail: t.rahulan@salford.ac.uk

Thurai Rahulan was born in 1958 in Sri Lanka and commenced early schooling at a remote village in the far north of the island. After finishing high school in Colombo, he enrolled as an undergraduate on a programme of study leading to the BSc degree with Honours in Mechanical Engineering Science at Salford University in the United Kingdom. He graduated in 1979 and was awarded the degree of PhD in 1984 for his research in vibration control systems. He commenced full time employment in 1983 on projects funded by the Ministry of Defence and in 1988 he joined the advanced vehicle suspensions group at Jaguar Cars Limited in Coventry before returning to Salford University in 1990 as a lecturer. He is a Member of the Council and the Board of Trustees of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Chairman of its Manchester Branch in addition to being the Secretary of the International Society of Multiphysics. He also serves in the Committees of the Engineering Professors' Council and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Aerospace North West. He has served as the External Examiner for the award of many PhD, Master and Bachelor degrees at Universities at home and abroad. He played water-polo as a teenager, likes photography and enjoys country walks.

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Prof. Moji Moatamedi BSc MSc MBA LLM PhD MASME FRAeS FNucI

Honorary Vice Chair

Tel: +44 (0) 7803 940991

E-mail: moji@hin.no

Professor Moatamedi completed his BSc, MSc and PhD at The University of Sheffield, MBA at Manchester Business School of The University of Manchester; and LLM International Business Law at The University of Leeds. He holds the Chair of Multiphysics at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Previously at Narvik University, Cranfield University, The University of Salford and The University of Sheffield, he carried out research and teaching in the areas of Multiphysics, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Modelling and Simulations and Engineering Design. During his stay in Narvik he was the Founding Director of High North Technology Centre; at Cranfield University the Director of Motorsport Engineering and Management; and at The University of Salford the Director of the Centre for Engineering Materials and the Director of Aerospace Engineering. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, commercial reports and presentations including keynote addresses at international symposiums and conferences. He has risen substantial funding for research and innovation projects from the UK and overseas research councils, European Union, industry and other sources. He successfully supervised many PhD students to completion and many more graduate projects. He has extensive teaching experience on a wide range of engineering, management and law subjects including modelling and simulations, materials and structures, engineering design, project management and intellectual property. He has been an external examiner for many research and teaching programmes internationally including the current engineering courses of Emirates Aviation University. His industrial research and engineering experience includes work for the Ministry of Defence, the Health and Safety Executive, Electrolux, Shell, Hitachi, Rolls Royce, Jaguar, BAE System and Airbus UK. He is the founder and the President of The International Society of Multiphysics (www.multiphysics.org), the Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Multiphysics and the Chairman of the associated annual conferences. He has also served on advisory boards of many international conferences and events. He is a Fellow Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow Member of The Nuclear Institute and a Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He served as the Chairman of the Manchester Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society and he has been a member of a number of national and international scientific committees; and advisor to a few industrial and governmental bodies including the Office for Nuclear Regulations (ONR), in addition to being the lead person to devise the multiphysics competence standards for European Union. He acted as a member of the Board of Governors of European Nuclear Education Network and he is currently a member of the Council and the Board of Directors of NAFEMS the Vice Chairman of its Multiphysics Working Group, a board member of CSDI Foundation. He has served as a Visiting Professor, Scientist and Senior Research Fellow at a number of institutions including Universities of Tongj (China), Kumamoto (Japan), Strathclyde (UK), Salford (UK), King Saud (Saudi Arabia), Lille (France); as well as Imperial College London (UK) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). He has been involved with the Association of Aerospace Universities for many years and holds an office as the Vice Chair of the AAU.

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Hassan A Khawaja BE (Aerospace) MPhil PhD

Honorary Communication Director

Tel: +47 912 66 409

E-mail: hassan.a.khawaja@uit.no

Hassan A Khawaja is Associate Professor at the University of Tromsø, Norway. He is a member of the process and gas team at Department of Engineering and Safety and the leader of newly established research group IR imaging, spectroscopy and numerical modeling. He is also serving as a Vice President (Scandinavia) in the International Society of Multiphysics. He is conference coordinator for annually organized Multiphysics Conference and Editorial Manager for the International Journal of Multiphysics. He completed his PhD in CFD-DEM (Computational Fluid Dynamics - Discrete Element Modelling) simulations of two-phase flow in fluidized beds from University of Cambridge in 2013 at the age of 29. He is an accomplished young researcher who has been recognized at an early age and has been awarded distinguished prizes such as the Multiphysics Student Prize in 2010 and the W. F. Redaway Prize in 2011. He has worked on research projects with international research collaborations in the short span of his career. He was the researcher on Norwegian Research Council (NFR) financed project NOTUR - the Norwegian Metacenter for Computational Science (Computational Fluid Dynamics and Discrete Element Modelling of Fluidized Bed). He was Post Doctorate Researcher at Narvik University College (sponsored by NFR under PETROMAKS program). He was also a research fellow at the University of Salford, UK on EU Project: VISIONAIRE. He was granted a pilot research grant on an industry-linked project from Nordland County under the VRI (Programme for Regional R & D and innovation). He is an active researcher who has been publishing peer-reviewed journal papers, presenting at international conferences, securing research fundings and encouraging innovative research. He completed formal training in Pedagogical Competence for Higher Education in 2015 and performing his duties as lecturer and supervisor for Bachelors, Masters and PhD students.

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Dr. Simon Prince

Honorary Secretary

Tel:+44 (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 5086

E-mail: s.a.prince@city.ac.uk

Simon studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, graduating with a Master of Engineering in 1994, with a passion for fast flowing gases. Turning down a job offer to work on the design of nuclear warheads for the British government, he went to Cranfield University to study Aerodynamics, and learn the arts of wind tunnel testing and dark arts of computational fluid dynamics analysis. He spent the last 6 months of this period, computing shock wave - boundary layer interactions, sailing, rowing and other pursuits, at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, graduating with an MSc. Simon accepted the opportunity, on his return to the UK, to undertake research for the Defence Research Agency (DRA) at Bedford, on the aerodynamics of high speed missile airframes (rather than the things that go bang on the end). He submitted a PhD thesis in this area at Cranfield University in 1999, before accepting a full time position at the DRA / DERA in Bedford, turning down another job offer to work on nuclear missiles in the private sector. Simon spent a happy time researching all manner of high speed air flows for the DRA, including those associated civil transport aircraft wings, military intake ducts, UAVs, jet nozzles and flow control technology for aircraft wings and rotor blades, and he represented the UK on a number of international research programmes including TTCP, GARTEur and NATA RTO groups. Following the privatisation of the DERA into QinetiQ, Simon decided to return to the academic sector in 2004, joining Prof. David Peake at City University London where, in his first two years he managed the modernisation of its Handley-Page Wind Tunnel Laboratory, and undertook research on flow control. He also found time to work for the BBC as a consultant on its Docu-drama "Space Race". As a senior lecturer at Cranfield University, he continues to teach courses on, and undertake research in high speed aerodynamics, and is the Secretary of the Association of Aerospace Universities (AAU). It was in this position that Simon was animated to undertake policy work on sustaining the UK engineering test infrastructure, which led to his appointment onto the Formation Team for the UK Aerodynamics Centre, and eventually to his secondment to support the UK Chief Aerodynamicist, Frank Ogilvie, at the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), where he served from 2013 to 2017.

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Dr. Andy Lewis

Honorary Treasurer

Tel: None

E-mail: a.lewis@herts.ac.uk

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