AMRD warmly welcomes Dr Norman Wood as their Chief Technology Officer. Norman will be joining AMRD in February 2019 after a long and illustrious career in the aerospace industry and academia spanning over 4 decades.
Norman spent 9 years as a Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher at Stanford University in California from 1980 to 1989. He worked closely with the wind tunnel teams at NASA-Ames developing new test techniques while investigating high angle of attack aerodynamics, flow control and unsteady aerodynamics. He returned to the UK in 1989 as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bath where he formed his own research group and led the undergraduate programme in aeronautical engineering. In 1996 he was appointed as the Beyer Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Manchester, followed shortly by being appointed as Head of the Manchester School of Engineering.
In 2005 Norman joined the Airbus wing design team in Bristol after a successful career in Academia culminating as Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Manchester. After extensive involvement in the construction and operation of the Smart Fixed Wing Aircraft component of Clean Sky and other European R&T programmes, he has further developed his role to support the many and varied flight test activities performed by Airbus. He continues to be involved in the analysis of complex fluid-structure interactions, vibrations and acoustic topics in addition to supporting the whole aerodynamics and performance communities.
His interests and capabilities extend to overall aircraft design, systems, avionics, operations, certification and innovative flight control technologies. He has published widely on those and other topics. He is prolific innovator and holds patents on more than 25 inventions. In recent years he has been a spokesperson for Airbus on the topic of Biomimicry and he promotes the use of natural solutions as a source of innovative ideas in Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and was recognised with the award of the Lanchester Lecture in 2016.
AMRD believes that Norman’s wealth of knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm aligned with our core values and belief in electrification of flight will propel AMRD to achieve their ambitions.