Dr. Abdullah Desai

Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering

School of Engineering

C&T Building, CM131

+44 (0) 1772 89 2688


Subject Areas: Engineering

Abdullah Desai has been at the University of Central Lancashire since September 2018. He is 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.

Full Profile

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 contributes to teaching across all of the aerospace modules within the Aerospace Engineering final year students. 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.


  • PhD Aerospace Engineering, University of Manchester, 2018
  • MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering, University of Manchester, 2014

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • Module Leader – Flight Dynamics and Control (EI3010)
  • Module Leader – Aeromechanics (EI3030)
  • Module Leader – Aerospace Propulsion (EI3040)
  • Project Supervisor – Engineering Projects (EI3000)

Research activities

  • Value-Driven Design
  • Civic drones, payloads and applications
  • Pilot operations/studies
  • Industry 4.0 techniques