Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

About the department

Our Department is one of very few that brings together the excitement and challenge of both aeronautical and automotive engineering. Our reputation for excellent teaching and topical research is built on a long and successful history. Automotive engineering started in 1919 and Aeronautical in 1935.

From small beginnings we are now housed in a purpose built, £14M facility that includes laboratories, workshops, wind-tunnels, a flight simulator and a technical display area where a technology demonstrator aircraft takes pride of place. We currently have 600 undergraduate students and 70 research students.

Transport technology is woven in to our society and culture and will continue to provide some of the greatest challenges in engineering. At the same time transport systems have never faced a bigger challenge to be efficient and clean. Our aim is to equip our students at whatever level of study with the knowledge and skills to solve some of the great issues of the moment and to ensure they contribute throughout their career.

At Loughborough we are famed for our industrial partnerships. We work closely with companies across the world, both on research projects and to provide opportunities for our students to take placements and develop their engineering skills in a real world environment. We encourage our students to take an international perspective.

In the Department we enjoy close working links with Rolls-Royce, Ford Motor Company, BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, Caterpillar, JCB, Airbus, Lotus, Bentley and many others. Our industry links bring benefit to our research and keep us aware of industry developments. Many of our students will take the opportunity of an industrial placement and a large proportion will start their careers with organisations they have got to know while a student.

Our extensive laboratories house state of the art equipment which supports a lively research programme and also provides our undergraduate students with the opportunity to pursue projects at the cutting edge of technology.

Our research covers aerodynamics, control systems, engines and fuel cells, lightweight structures and vehicle refinement. We are organised into five groups within the Department and those groups each form part of a larger research organisation that spans a number of the Loughborough Departments.

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Dr Adrian Spencer, Head of Department

Athena Swan member logo x 200The School of AACME, (Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering), is committed to gender equality and aims to work to overcome the barriers to progression for all staff.


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