Director of Transport Systems and member of the Senior Management team

Professor Braithwaite is Director of Transport Systems - one of the eight industry-facing themes that make up Cranfield University. Transport Systems covers seven centres: Air Transport Management; Advanced Vehicle Engineering; the National Flying Laboratory Centre; Engineering Photonics; Integrated Vehicle Health Management; the Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC); and Safety & Accident Investigation. The Theme operates a number of unique facilities including a SAAB 340B+ Flying Classroom, Boeing 737 Ground Demonstrator, Accident Investigation Laboratory, the Multi User Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation (MUEAVI) and an Off-Road Vehicle Dynamics Test Facility.

Professor Graham Braithwaite

Graham is also Professor of Safety and Accident Investigation and the academic lead for the University's £67 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) which became operational in 2021. He is the Accountable Manager for the University’s flying operation - the National Flying Laboratory Centre and is also Independent Safety Adviser to British Airways and TUI Northern Regional Airlines Boards.

In 2011, Graham led the University's successful bid for a Queen's Anniversary Prize. This is the highest honour that can be given to a UK academic institution and was awarded for Cranfield's "world-leading work in aviation safety through research and teaching in air accident investigation." In 2012, he was given the honour 'Distinguished Alumni' of Loughborough University and in 2013 he was able to collect the Flight Safety Foundation's Richard Teller Crane Founders Award on behalf of the University for its sustained corporate leadership in aviation safety. In 2019, Graham led the University's successful bid for its sixth Queen's Anniversary Prize - for the University's flying classrooms and laboratories.

For more information about Professor Braithwaite including his recent publications view his academic profile.