Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Dr Andrew Watson BEng, PhD, FHEA

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Lecturer in Aerospace Structures

Industrial Placements Tutor


  • Post-doctoral researcher, Cardiff University, 1998-2003 on two consecutive EPSRC funded research projects
  • Lecturer of Aerospace Structures, Department of Aernautical and Automotive Engineering, Loughborough University, 2004 - present


  • BEng
  • Ph.D., Cardiff University - Buckling analysis and optimisation of prismatic thin-walled structures, 1998

Outline of main research interests

Lightweight Structures:

  • Postbuckling behaviour of aerospace panels
  • Mode jumping in aerospace panels
  • Buckling and vibration behaviour of shear sensitive beams
  • Buckling of composite panels


  • Transcendental eigenvalue problems
  • Spectral theory of self-adjoint operator acting on graphs

Research group

Current teaching responsibilities

  • TTA104 Elasticity
  • TTB204 Mechanics of Solids
  • TTB208 Structural Design Project

Current administrative responsibilities

  • Module Leader for Structural Design Project
  • Departmental industrial placements tutor (DIS Tutor)
  • Representative of Academic Staff on University Student Discipline Committee

External Activities

External Funding:

  • EPSRC CASE award ‘Stability of aircraft structures’ supported by Airbus UK.

Invited Seminars:

  • “Exact solutions for Sturm-Liouville problem on a tree” presented at Mathematical Physics Seminars, Loughborough University 2006
  • “Numerical Analysis of Quantum Graphs” presented at Bath Centre for Non-Linear Mechanics, Bath University, 2008
  • Tohuku University, Japan, 2009
  • Hiroshima University, Japan, 2009
  • ERASMUS funded visit to Brno Technical University, April 2011

Professional affiliations:

  • Member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

International Conferences:

  • Member of the organising committee for the 4th International Conference on Thin Walled Structures held at Loughborough University June 2004

Journal Refereeing:

  • Thin-walled structures
  • International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics
  • Computer Modelling in Engineering & Sciences
  • Journal of Sound and Vibration
  • International Journal Structural Stability and Dynamics
  • Journal of Aerospace Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering