‘’I would like to improve the local engagement of the society with the younger aero community across the UK. I see this happening through establishing a connected network of local representatives that are focused solely on engaging with young people and establishing a culture of regular two way communication between this network and the society.’’
Dan graduated from Sheffield Hallam in 2012 and now works for Leonardo Helicopters in Italy. Some of his greatest achievements to date are gaining a 1st in his degree, securing a secondment in Italy and learning to snowboard. The most interesting piece of work Dan has been involved with is the definition of a new helicopter build line, implementing lean principles. The most interesting product he has been involved with is the AW609, a civil Tiltrotor aircraft due to be qualified in 2017. Dan’s interests are snowboarding, cycling, scuba diving, drone/extreme sports videography.
Laura is a graduate at BAE Systems, working in the Military Air and Information Division. Prior to joining the company’s graduate scheme, she was on their undergraduate scheme whilst studying for her degree in Systems Engineering at Loughborough University. Whilst with the company, she has had a number of varied placements working on the Typhoon, Hawk and F-35 programmes, and discovered that she has a strong interest in Human Factors Engineering. She recently dipped out of Engineering to undertake a placement in HR in order to gain experience of the business from a different perspective. Outside of her day job, she is an active STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador and is committed to encouraging more young people to consider careers in STEM. In her spare time, Laura likes to play roller derby. As a YPC member, Laura hopes to improve engagement within the young members’ network and the society, and encourage young members to explore all that the society has to offer, giving them the best opportunities to develop their careers.
Thomas has a long track record of improving the situation of young people in the aerospace industry, first as president of Euroavia, the European Association of Aerospace Students, and later with as board member at the Council of European Aerospace Societies. With the YPC, Thomas hopes to streamline and simplify the process of communications and operations so that all young people get the best chance at finding the right opportunities to excel their careers.
James is a second year undergraduate apprentice working at Airbus, Filton near Bristol. His role sees him moving around the company in various different departments. James undertakes 3 month placements in design or stress departments on various different aircraft programmes. Whilst doing his placements James is studying for a BEng in Aerospace Engineering at the University of the West of England. James is a new member of the RAeS young person’s committee, representing apprentices. He is working towards achieving his IEng accreditation at the end of his apprenticeship. This year James hopes to start gliding, with the intention of completing his first solo flight later in the year.
Mark graduated from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST) in 2007 after completing an MEng in Aerospace Engineering. During the course, he completed an industrial placement with Cobham plc. After graduating, Mark joined Cobham's Graduate Development Programme, completing placements in Cobham companies in the UK and in Arizona. These covered a range of disciplines including Mechanical Design, Operations Management, Manufacturing Engineering, Project Management and a Site Transition. He is now a Project Manager at Cobham Mission Systems. Mark became involved with the RAeS whilst at university and was the Chairman of the Young Persons Board for two years and the Young Persons Committee for one year.
Gregory Graduated in 2008 from the University of Plymouth with an Honours Degree in Geography BSc. After which he worked for EADS Astrium in their Manufacturing Operations department. Gregory has subsequently trained as an airline pilot and currently operates the Embraer 145 for BMI Regional. Gregory is commissioned in the RAF Volunteer Reserves; part of this role involves acting as the liaison between the Air Training Corps and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is also a Weapons Instructor and Duke of Edinburgh Examiner; he has also held various Squadron Commands. Joining the Committee in 2009, Gregory has organised the annual Air Cadet Exchange visit since 2012. He is always willing to assist and guide young people in their aviation career aspirations.
Robin is currently studying for an MEng degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London. He complements his studies with work experience in industry, first at SAAB Group in Sweden and in the summer of 2016 at Martin-Baker. Robin started volunteering for the RAeS as a YPN rep to the 150th Anniversary Working Group, and then begun liaising with the YPC. In that role he has overseen the acquisition of the Society's very own wind tunnel. This included a STEM outreach assembly and testing week for local school children in the Bedford area, run with the assistance of volunteers from Lockheed Martin UK, ARA and the local RAeS branch. He recently joined the YPC, and is keen to ensure that the Young Members of the Society have access to the same opportunities that he has had.
Neale is undertaking a PhD on the simulation of the ship-helicopter dynamic interface at the University of Liverpool after having completed his Masters in Aerospace Engineering at Queen's University Belfast with a year-long placement working on rotorcraft performance analysis at Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) as part of the Ministry of Defence.
His research is currently directed in supporting the successful integration of the F35-B Lightning II with the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers focussing on how the aerodynamics over the ship may affect STOVL/VTOL aircraft. This is being done with the aid of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and compared with experimental measurements using Acoustic Doppler Velocimetry (ADV) in a large water channel. Future research will look to include the integration of several aircraft platforms including rotorcraft with the QEC.
Neale has been an active member of the society for several years and hopes to encourage engagement with young members, highlighting the benefits and opportunities available to them as they start out in their careers.
William graduated from City, University of London in 2013 with an honours degree in Air Transport Operations & Management BSc and is now working as an Aviation Analyst at Mott MacDonald Group’s Aviation Transaction & Business Advisory Services (ATBAS). Prior to joining Mott MacDonald, William worked as an Aviation Analyst and then Senior Aviation Analyst & Consultant in a consultancy firm in London for nearly three years. Since William joined the Society in 2011, started with the Young Person’s Network (YPN), he has been actively involved in many Society activities at HQ and the Heathrow Branch. At Heathrow, he serves as a Committee Member and the YPN Rep – actively linked in with other Young Members in the local area promoting the Society to its local institutions, businesses, colleagues and stakeholders, as well as organising young member focused events. At the Society HQ, William is also a member of the Air Transport Specialist Group, where he often gains a wealth of knowledge and industry connections thorough range of lectures, conferences and networking events.