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Professor Christoph Bruecker appointed to BAE Systems Chair

The recently-established BAE Systems Sir Richard Olver Chair in Aeronautical Engineering honours the distinguished City University London alumnus and former company chairman.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Professor Christoph Bruecker, currently a Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery at the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, will become the first incumbent of City University London’s BAE Systems Sir Richard Olver Chair in Aeronautical Engineering.

Christoph BruckerProfessor Bruecker will take up his new appointment on 3rd August. Established in 2014, the new chair honours Sir Richard’s contribution as Chairman of BAE Systems from 2004 to 2014. In 1970, Sir Richard achieved a First Class Honours Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering at City. He enjoyed a successful career at BP before joining BAE Systems as Chairman in 2004. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Science (DSc) from City, awarded in 2004. The Chair will support research into ways that emerging technologies can benefit aerospace design. Professor Bruecker brings more than 25 years of academic research in aerodynamics and fluid mechanics to his new role. His specialities include experimental and theoretical fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, aeronautics, biofluid mechanics, biological flows, sensor development, multi-phase flows and microfluidics. Professor Bruecker, a graduate of the Technical University RWTH Aachen where he obtained his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, has managed complex research programs and participated in several multi-country and multi-disciplinary partnerships, including projects with the US Air Force, the EU and the German Research Foundation.

Professor Bruecker said:

“One of my specific research interests at City will be experimental studies on fluid-structure interaction so as to better understand passive flow control and active flow manipulation especially in aerodynamics, but also as it applies to more general flows such as in environmental fluid mechanics and applied fluid engineering.”

Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director, Programmes & Support of BAE Systems plc said:

“BAE Systems is proud of the significant investments we make in our university partnerships, which play a valuable role in driving innovation both in our company and across the wider aerospace industry. We look forward to Professor Bruecker’s work adding to the impressive range of engineering research being carried out at City”.

City has been a pioneer in aeronautical engineering research and education for over a century. The University’s aeronautical engineering programmes are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).  City’s  aeronautical research group is an active participant in the new UK Aerospace Technology Institute.

Welcoming Professor Bruecker to City, Professor of Aeronautical Engineering, Professor Chris Atkin, said:

“We're delighted to welcome Professor Bruecker to take up the BAE Systems Sir Richard Olver Chair at City. This appointment marks another milestone in the long and distinguished history of Aeronautical Engineering at our University.”

Aeronautical engineering

Aeronautical engineering is the study of how things fly in the Earth's atmosphere and the application of that knowledge to design and build aircraft and missiles. It is a branch of aerospace engineering which also includes astronautical engineering. There are many different subfields in aeronautical engineering, ranging from research and development to aircraft maintenance. The broad range of the field means that it is also very interdisciplinary, incorporating elements of math, electronics, and physics among other things.

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