The multidisciplinary department has made a major impact on engineering systems on land, sea, in the air and in outer space; from nano-scale medical implants to large-scale aerospace stations. Mechanical Engineering was one of the first departments established at City's forerunner, the Northampton Institute, in 1894; and, in 1909, City was the first institution in the UK to introduce Aeronautical Engineering courses.
Today, right in the heart of London, the department is renowned for its cutting-edge facilities, including newly upgraded wind tunnels, flight deck and motion simulators, advanced test-bed specialised in optical diagnostics for mapping internal combustion engines and high-speed turbomachinery, alternative fuels, heat exchangers and high-performance computing for numerical simulation and validation of engineering solutions. The department has strong links with industry (local, national and global), maintaining partnerships through research projects and student placements.
Research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics incorporates three expert centres that maintain strong links with industry and actively build our international reputation. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) showed a significant improvement in our research standing, with 79% of our staff rated 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent), with research income of around £2-3m annually.
The centre undertakes activities in the traditional areas of aeronautics and flow control as well as emerging disciplines such as bio-fluid mechanics, energy harvesting, renewable energy, micro-fluidics and, bio-mimetics.
The world-renowned centre of excellence in positive displacement screw machines established in 1995 featuring strong links with industry, spin-out companies and a major International Compressors Conference.
Here is a list of the academic staff who work in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics. You can find out more about each member of staff, including their latest publications and their contact details by following the links below.
Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics courses benefit from recently redeveloped facilities with modern teaching lecture theatres equipped with the latest interactive AV systems and modern IT laboratories which are updated annually. A dynamic virtual learning environment (Moodle) provides students with access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities, assessment and communication tools. Specialist facilities include: