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Prof. Mike West PhD FIET CEng

Honorary President

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 PhD

Honorary Vice President

Dr. David Philpott retired from the University of Hertfordshire and holds the position of Reader Emeritus (Aerospace Engineering). He is currently employed as an Aerodynamic Consultant with R.G.W. Cherry and Associates Limited and as Head of Transonic Aerodynamics and Internal Flow with IHS ESDU. His current and recent research interests include transonic aerodynamic prediction methods, wind-tunnel testing techniques, use of fractal methods in flow monitoring and aircraft performance, particularly relating to contaminated runways. Between 1959 and 1961 Dr. Philpott was employed as a Scientific Officer at the Royal Aircraft Establishment where he worked on Concorde wing development and the Aero Flights Department - working on Concorde lateral stability. He then moved to Hatfield Polytechnic (later the University of Hertfordshire) as Lecturer/Reader, where he spent 50% of his time on supersonic blunt body flow and shock wave interaction research for the MoD. In 1990 Dr Philpott was appointed Assistant Chief Research Engineer at British Aerospace (Commercial Aircraft) Hatfield, Herts and acted as chairman of the patents committee. From British Aerospace, Dr. Philpott joined Raytheon Corporate Jets as Principal Aerodynamics Specialist. During his time with British Aerospace and Raytheon, his activities included work on the aerodynamics and performance of the 125, U125A and 146 aircraft among others. Dr Philpott also sits on the IHS ESDU Transonic Aerodynamics Committee, is Chairman of the RAeS (Hatfield) branch and is an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Aerospace Universities.

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Dr. Thurai Rahulan BSc (Hons) PhD AMIMechE FRAeS

Honorary Chair

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 BEng MSc MBA LLM PhD MASME FRAeS FNucI

Honorary Vice Chair

Professor Moatamedi completed his engineering education including Ph.D. 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 is currently the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at Al Ghurair University. He is also Adjunct Professor at Oslo Metropolitan University. Prior to his current post, he was the Chair of Multiphysics at UiT The Arctic University of Norway where he was the Director of Multiphysics Centre. Previously at Imperial College London, Narvik University, Cranfield University, The University of Salford and The University of Sheffield, he held senior managerial positions and also carried out research and teaching in the areas of Multiphysics, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Modelling and Simulations and Engineering Design. During his stay at Imperial College he was the Technical Manager for the Centre for Nuclear Engineering, in Narvik he was the Founding Director of High North Technology Centre; at Cranfield the Director of Motorsport Engineering and Management; and at 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 Ph.D. students to completion and many more graduate projects. He has extensive teaching experience on a wide range of engineering, management and law subjects including modeling and simulations, project management and intellectual property. He has been an external examiner for many research and teaching programmes internationally including the engineering courses at Emirates Aviation University. His stakeholders' management, industrial research and engineering experience includes working with the UK Ministry of Defence, the Health and Safety Executive, Electrolux, Shell, Hitachi, Rolls Royce, Jaguar, BAE System and Airbus UK. He is the founder, Executive Director and the President of The International Society of Multiphysics (, 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 and he is currently the Elsevier Multiphysics Series Editor. He is Fellow Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow Member of The Nuclear Institute, Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Member of the Euro Mediterranean Academy of Arts and Sciences. 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 is currently a member of the Council and the Board of Directors of NAFEMS (, a board member of CSDI Foundation ( and also the Vice Chairman of the Association of Aerospace Universities ( He served as a member of the Board of Governors of European Nuclear Education Network and the Vice Chairman of NAFMES Multiphysics Working Group. He has been a Visiting Professor, Scientist and Senior Research Fellow at a number of institutions including Universities of Manchester (UK), Tongji (China), Kumamoto (Japan), Strathclyde (UK), King Saud (Saudi Arabia), Chester (UK), Lille (France); as well as Beijing Institute of Technology (China) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).

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Dr. Hassan A Khawaja BEng(Aerospace) MPhil PhD MIET CEng

Honorary Communication Director

Dr. Khawaja is Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering and Safety, UiT-The Arctic University of Norway. He is member of the process engineering team and leader of the Research Group 'Infrared Imaging, Spectroscopy and Numerical Modelling'. He is a Chartered Engineer and holds the posts of Vice President (Scandinavia) of the International Society of Multiphysics, Communication Director of the Association of Aerospace Universities (AAU), Director in Technical Listening Division in Global Listening Centre (GLC). He is the Coordinator of the annual Multiphysics Conference, Editorial Manager for the International Journal of Multiphysics and Member of the Editorial Board of Vestnik of MSTU. He is also Chief Executive Officer and founding member of the start-up, 'Windtech AS'. He received distinguished prizes such as the Multiphysics Student Prize, W F Reddaway Prize, Commonwealth Scholarship, and President Gold Medal. He has also received grants and prize funding for the regional R&D and innovation. He actively publishes journal papers, presents at international conferences, applies for research funds and encourages innovative research. He is collaborating with a number of researchers in China, France, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States. He has formal education in 'Pedagogical Competence for Higher Education' and 'Research Supervision' from UiT-The Arctic University of Norway.

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Dr. Simon Prince MEng (Hons) MSc PhD CEng MRAeS SMAIAA FHEA

Honorary Secretary

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 MA MSc PhD

Honorary Treasurer

Andrew Lewis is Head of Aeronautics and Space Division at University of Hertfordshire. He has been engaged in research, both within Industry and Academia for over 20 years within the fields of structural dynamics, aeroelasticity and non-linear dynamics. In recent years, these interests have focussed on the development of inverse methods for estimating loads on aerospace structures with the increasing need to extend the life of such structures being a particular application. He has also been interested in the practical application of probabilistic-based methods for the clearance of aerospace structures.

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