Burhan Saeed

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PhD projects

1) A Feasibility Study of Hybrid Power System, Hydrogen Fuel and On-Board Renewable Energy Mechanisms, for a Jetliner
2) Exploring and Analysing the Potential Challenges in Realising a Flying Car
3) Designing a Sustainable FlyZero VTOL Aircraft

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Personal profile


I am a Lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering. I have a BEng(Hons) degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Masters degree in Advanced Dynamics Engineering and my PhD thesis concerned "Exploring the aerodynamic characteristics of a blown-annular wing for V/STOL aircraft".

specialise in experimental aerodynamics and the study of vertical/short take-off and landing aircraft. My other reseach interests are non-conventional high lift devices to reliase the future of a flying car. 

I particularly deploy state of the art methodologies to make learning active and enhance student engagement such as industrial visits to stimulate young engineering minds and augment their passion for the subject.

Research Interests

  • Experimental Aerodynamics
  • Flying Cars
  • Gurney Flaps
  • High lift devices 
  • Vertical/short take-off and landing

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Brunel University London

1 Oct 200630 Sep 2009

Award Date: 15 Jul 2010

MSc, University of Bristol

24 Sep 200530 Sep 2006

Award Date: 24 Nov 2006

BSc (Hons), University of Manchester

24 Sep 200215 Jul 2005

Award Date: 30 Sep 2005


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