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Dr Abdullah Desai

Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering, Course Leader of Aerospace Engineering and Pilot Studies
School of Engineering
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Abdullah has been with the University of Central Lancashire since September 2018. He is the Course Leader for the Aerospace Engineering degree programmes. Abdullah is also research active in the areas of aerospace engineering, focussing on novel design methods across a diverse range of specialties including conceptual aircraft and UAV designs, pilot operations, and Industry 4.0 techniques. Abdullah has previously worked with BAE Systems and Rolls Royce plc, creating novel UAV designs and design methodologies respectively.

Abdullah is the course leader for UCLan’s Aerospace Engineering and Pilot Studies degree programmes and contributes to teaching across a majority of the Aerospace modules within the final years of the course. Key modules include Aerospace Propulsion, Aircraft Design and Stability, Aerospace Group Project, and supervision of a number of final year projects in design, simulation and software development.

Abdullah completed his PhD at The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester, where he also attained his Master’s in Aerospace Engineering in 2014. His PhD research demonstrated how value can be used to influence programme-level decision-making regarding new technologies, supply chains, operators, and competitors within civil aviation. Abdullah’s current research builds on work conducted during his time as a researcher, focussing on novel design methods for aircraft and UAV design, operation, technology selection and system valuation/verification. In collaboration with industry, Abdullah is also researching aspects of pilot operations and Industry 4.0 techniques.

  • PhD Aerospace Engineering, University of Manchester, 2018
  • MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering, University of Manchester, 2014
  • Value Driven Design
  • Conceptual Aircraft and UAV Design
  • Pilot Operations
  • Industry 4.0