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Phillip Atcliffe

Senior Lecturer in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Salford

Phillip is a Senior Lecturer in Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, he studied Aeronautical Engineering at the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney. After university, he spent two years at Aeronautical Research Laboratories, working on Fatigue Analysis, Helicopter Performance and Systems Modelling, and Flight Test Data Processing, before moving to the Government Aircraft Factories to study Aeroelasticity and Structural Design for six years.

He came to the UK to study Aerospace Design at the Cranfield College of Aeronautics, after which he spent four years at British Aerospace, Kingston, working on Structural Design, particularly hot gas systems.

He then returned to Cranfield to do a PhD in Hypersonic Aerodynamics. Entering academia, Phillip spent 12 years at the University of the West of England, Bristol, as a lecturer in Aeronautics and Aircraft Propulsion, before joining the team at Salford.

His research interests include Super- and Hypersonic Aerodynamics, Aircraft Configuration Design, Public Awareness and Engagement with STEM.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Salford