Lecturer in Aerodynamics, University of Bristol

My research looks at how biological systems interact with environmental fluid flows and how we can use bio-inspiration to improve engineered technologies, particularly in the area of small scale unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). I believe that major advances can be made in current UAV technology based on insights gained by studying the dynamics, sensing and control of animal flight and swimming.

My research is inherently multidisciplinary, using techniques from both aerospace engineering and biology to study how engineered systems might be improved, or novel new technologies developed, based on understanding the principles involved with biological systems. In particular I have a focus on bird flight aerodynamics and control and related bio-inspired UAV technologies.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer in Aerodynamics/Aeroelasticity, University of Bristol