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Professor Michael Wisnom


Michael Wisnom is Director of Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) which builds on the work of the Advanced Composites Collaboration for Innovation and Science. He is a leading expert on the mechanics of fibre reinforced composites, failure mechanisms and finite element analysis, with over 400 published papers. He is a member of the steering board of the National Composites Centre, Editor in Chief and European Editor for Applied Science and Manufacturing of the international journal Composites Part A and was Director of the Rolls-Royce Composites University Technology Centre from 2007-2017. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the American Society for Composites. Professor Wisnom was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2005 and was President of the International Committee on Composite Materials from 2009-2011.


Prof. Wisnom has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, and a PhD from Bristol University. After working for British Aerospace (Civil Aircraft Division), Hatfield, he joined SDRC Engineering Services as a finite element consultant and later as Technical Director, Europe. He worked on a wide range of projects including structural analysis of the Piaggio Avanti airframe. He joined the Department as a lecturer in aircraft structures in 1987, was appointed as Professor of Aerospace Structures in 1995 and established ACCIS in 2006.