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Emeritus Professor of Spacecraft Engineering, University of Surrey

Professor Craig Underwood is Emeritus Professor of Spacecraft Engineering and is a leading expert on spacecraft systems design and instrumentation for radiation detection, optical, and radar remote sensing.

He graduated from the University of York in 1982 with a BSc in Physics with Computer Science. After gaining a postgraduate certificate in education in 1983, he began a teaching career at Scarborough Sixth-Form College, where he developed satellite activities.

In January 1986, Craig joined the University of Surrey as a research fellow/engineer developing space education programmes and working on the UoSAT series of spacecraft.

He currently heads the Environments and Instrumentation Group developing the concepts, instruments and techniques to investigate the Earth and other planetary environments from space.

Craig is author or co-author of some 200 scientific papers and teaches or has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on spacecraft engineering, communications payload engineering, satellite remote sensing, planetary exploration and astronomy at the University of Surrey.


  • 2012–present
    Professor, University of Surrey
  • 2003–2012
    Reader, University of Surrey
  • 1999–2012
    Senior lecturer, University of Surrey
  • 1993–1999
    Lecturer, University of Surrey