The Department of Aerospace Engineering was established following an endowment from the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1946. It now has a staff of eleven Professors, three Readers, six Senior Lecturers and fifteen Lecturers and significant additional part-time and industrial teaching staff. The present Head of Department is Professor Chris Allen.
The City of Bristol is at the centre of a large regional aerospace industry, and the Faculty and the Department have strong links with this local industry, as well as Government departments and research establishments. The Department also plays a significant role in the UK National Composites Centre, located on the outskirts of Bristol.
Industrial links include partnerships with Airbus, Vestas, Rolls-Royce plc and Agusta Westland Helicopters, in which the Department acts as the lead department for the University as a whole. The Department also has close working relationships with BAE Systems, Defence Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL), QinetiQ, Embraer and many smaller organisations both within and outside of aerospace.
These relationships have been an important element in the success of the Department obtaining support for its research, nearly all of which has some form of industrial linkage. The Department also has strong international links, with a presence in many past and current EU research programmes over the years, which has given us joint research programmes with numerous Universities, research organisations and companies across Europe and the World.
The Faculty and the Department have strong links with this local industry, as well as Government departments and research establishments.