Professor Andrew Bradley


  • Visiting Professor

Andrew is responsible for the development of Systems Engineering capability in BAE Systems and was responsible for working with the UK Government and Academia to establish the Systems Engineering Innovation Centre at Loughborough.

Now in his 20th year at BAE Systems he has held a range of senior systems and software engineering positions managing product development, design process technology development and R&D. In particular he led the development of the avionics systems for the Eurofighter Typhoon and pioneered the use of Formal Methods in BAE Systems for the development of safety-critical systems and software.

Andrew is currently BAE Systems Chief Engineer for their HAWK Advanced Jet Trainer Aircraft based at their site in Brough, East Yorkshire. He is responsible for the design, development, qualification, certification and through-life support of Hawk. Hawk is the world's most successful Advanced Jet Training aircraft with over 900 in service or on order with 19 customers. Andrew leads a team of 300 Engineers currently developing new Hawk variants.

Prior to joining the Aerospace Industry, Andrew practised Systems Engineering in a multi-disciplinary project team designing, developing and managing the construction of Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor Nuclear Power Stations in the UK. His particular experience was in the safety and reliability assessment of complex, digital, real-time control systems employed in safety-critical nuclear applications.

His background is in Mathematics and Physics. Following a Joint Honours degree at Hatfield College, Durham, he specialised in Theoretical Particle Physics research at Durham and Manchester Universities, also visiting CERN in Switzerland. He has a range of publications in physics and computing.

His interest in computer code development for scientific research and engineering development was accompanied by a passion for gaming software. In 1980 he established a start-up private venture, wrote a range of titles and established marketing agreements with Virgin and Hornby to develop computer car racing games under the Scalextric brand name.