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Head, Safety and Accident Investigation Centre, Cranfield University

Matthew Greaves is the Head of the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre at Cranfield University, which has been training aircraft accident investigators since 1977. In 2011 the University was honoured with the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for its "world-leading work in aviation through research and training in air accident investigation".

Matthew joined the University in 2008 and is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Air Transport, where he specialises in engineering aspects of safety and accident investigation. His research focuses on the use of science and technology both in the accident investigation process and for the enhancement of safety.

Recent research projects include trajectory analysis for investigation of mid-air breakups, the use of commercial satellite imagery in accident investigation and a fuzzy logic approach to triggered transmission of flight data during accidents.

He is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the International Society of Air Safety Investigators and the Institute of Acoustics.


  • 2008–present
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Air Transport
  • 2004–2008
    Vibroacoustic Scientist, QinetiQ


  • 2013 
    Cranfield University, MSc by Research
  • 2002 
    Loughborough University, PhD
  • 1994 
    Loughborough University, BEng (Hons)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Health monitoring in helicopter gearboxes
    Chief investigator
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