Dr. Abdullah Desai

Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering

School of Engineering

C&T Building, CM131

+44 (0) 1772 89 2688

adesai10@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Engineering

Abdullah has been with the University of Central Lancashire since September 2018. He is the Course Leader for UCLan’s 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. 

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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 researcher, focussing on novel design methods for aircraft and UAV design, operation, technology selection and system valuation/verification. In collaboration with industry, research is also being conducted in the areas of pilot operations and Industry 4.0 techniques.

Abdullah is the course leader for UCLan’s Aerospace Engineering and Pilot Studies degree programmes and contributes to teaching across all the Aerospace modules within the final years of the course. He is currently the module lead for 3rd Year Aerospace Propulsion, Aeromechanics, Flight Dynamics and Control, and supervises a number of final year projects in design, simulation and software development.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D Aerospace Engineering, University of Manchester, 2018
  • MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering, University of Manchester, 2014

Publications

Desai, A.A., Vengadasalam, L., Hollingsworth, P. and Chinchapatnam, P., 2019. Value-Driven Design Framework for Competitive Aviation Markets. Journal of Aircraft56(4), pp.1658-1667.

Desai, A.A., Hollingsworth, P.M. and Jinks, S., 2018. Stochastic Aircraft Optimization and Decision Making using a Competitive Value-Driven Design Framework. In 2018 Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference (p. 2869).

Vengadasalam, L., Desai, A., Hollingsworth, P. and Smith, K., 2017. Value-Centric/Driven Design-Application for the Space Industry. In AIAA SPACE and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (p. 5328).

Desai, A., Hollingsworth, P. and Chinchapatnam, P., 2016. Identifying the best design for uncertain markets. In 30th Congress of the International Council of Aeronautical Science (pp. 25-30).

Teaching activities

  • Course Leader – Aerospace Engineering, Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies
  • Module Leader – Aircraft Design and Stability (EI3010)
  • Module Leader – Aeromechanics (EI3030)
  • Module Leader – Aerospace Propulsion (EI3040)
  • Module Leader – Pilot Operations PPL (EI2030)
  • Module Leader – Pilot Operations ATPL (EI4060/EI4070)
  • Project Supervisor – Engineering Projects (EI3000)

 

Conferences

  • 18th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference (2018), Atlanta, Georgia
  • AIAA SPACE and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (2017), Orlando, Florida
  • 17th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference (2017), Denver, Colorado
  • 30th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (2016), Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Research Activities

  • Value-Driven Design
  • Civic Drones, Payloads and Applications
  • Pilot Operations
  • Industry 4.0 Techniques, Design and Operation

Projects

  • Cost and Value Engineering (CAVE): Evaluating Programme Options for Aircraft and Engine Design.