In partnership with Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association, the Aerospace and Aviation Alumni Awards recognise the exceptional achievements of our aerospace and aviation alumni while showcasing the global impact of Cranfield University.

Meet the 2020 Distinguished Aerospace Alumni Award Winner

Dr Sarah Qureshi (PhD Aerospace 2016)

CEO & Co-founder Aero Engine Craft Private Limited
Visiting Academic, Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University

Dr Sarah QureshiDr Sarah Qureshi is commercialising her PhD research on Contrail-free Aero-engines as the CEO and co-founder of Aero Engine Craft (Private) Limited. She is also a Visiting Academic at the Centre for Propulsion Engineering at Cranfield University, working with the research group on “pro-environment jet engines”.

Sarah obtained a PhD degree in Aerospace Propulsion under the supervision of Professor Pericles Pilidis on a thesis entitled “Contrail-free Aero-engines” whereby she researched the development of an environment-friendly aero-engine, which was derived from a novel patented technology. During her initial PhD research, Sarah assisted the inventor with patenting the contrail-free aero-engine. The invention has been granted two international patents and has tremendous potential in bringing about an environmental revolution in the context of aviation.

Dr Sarah Qureshi, along with the inventor of the technology, Mr. Masood Latif Qureshi, has now set up Aero Engine Craft (Private) Limited, as Pakistan’s first commercial aero- engine R&D company to convert this patented technology into a full-scale application for the global aviation industry. Prior to this, Sarah completed her MRes degree in Aerospace Dynamics at Cranfield University with Dr James Whidborne. Her research involved the design of an autopilot for unmanned aircraft (UAVs) in formation flying for mid-air refuelling.

She has recently co-invented and filed a patent for a supersonic commercial aircraft engine. Sarah is a licensed pilot and learned acrobatic flying with flight instructor Richard Rogers while at Cranfield. Prior to her postgraduate studies at Cranfield, Sarah graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Pakistan and gained work experience in the local industry. 

You can also watch a video introducing Sarah below:

Meet the 2020 Excellence in Achievement Award for Recent Aerospace Graduates Winner

Marcos Acín González (MSc Aerospace Vehicle Design 2014)

Stress Analysis Expert, NASA AMES Research Center

Marcos Acin GonzalezMarcos Acín González grew up in Leon, Spain, and went on to study Aerospace Engineering in Madrid, Valencia, and ultimately Cranfield.  At Cranfield University Marcos studied an MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design (2013-2014) as part of the Erasmus European Partnership Programme.

Following the completion of his studies, he was awarded a National Award for Excellence in Academic Performance by the Spanish Minister of Science, former astronaut Pedro Duque. The Airbus Group, University of Valencia, and the regional government of Valencia also recognised Marcos’ outstanding academic performance.

Since graduation, Marcos has worked for several engineering companies around the world including Strand7, Rolls-Royce, Applus IDIADA and NASA. Marcos’ main expertise is in Structural Analysis using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for product development and innovation. During his time at Rolls-Royce he contributed to the development of the Ultrafan engine, the next generation in aircraft engine technology. At Applus IDIADA he specialised in car crashworthiness and occupant safety working for top OEM automotive companies. Most recently, within the NASA Advanced Supercomputing department based at AMES Research Centre in Silicon Valley, he has been researching and developing new thermal protection materials for atmospheric re-entry missions.

Currently, he is pursuing an Executive MBA to expand his business acumen and make further progress in his career.

Meet the 2020 Distinguished Aviation Alumni Award Winner

Adel Al Redha (MSc Air Transport Management 1997)

Chief Operating Officer, Emirates Airline

Adel Al RedhaAdel Al Redha is at the helm of Emirates’ operations, both in Dubai and across the airline’s vast network of nearly 160 destinations in 85 countries. He has been in his current leadership role since 2013.

He leads teams that play an integral role in supporting Emirates flights and serving customers across the globe. Adel oversees flight operations; engineering; airport services; service delivery - including catering operations, inflight entertainment, and cabin crew; the Emirates Flight Training Academy; aircraft procurement; as well as worldwide network operations including crisis response.

Adel champions the integration of technology in all operational aspects, which has led to enhanced safety, improved efficiencies across the business, and a better customer experience. He has been instrumental in introducing initiatives and processes that enhance Emirates’ product offering onboard and on the ground. 

Adel had also initiated the introduction of National Development programmes that provide career paths for UAE national youth in aviation, and he continues to drive improvements in the working environment for all staff while keeping safety and standards at the core of all operations.

Future Travel Experience’s Airline Passenger Experience Power List ranked Adel as one of the top 5 global airline executives for his leadership in directing the airline’s consistent delivery of superior services on the ground and in the air.

In a career that started in 1988 at Emirates and now span over 30 years, he has held several senior management roles, including the procurement of aircraft and services.

Adel completed his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology/Aircraft Maintenance from the University of Northrop, USA. He holds a Master’s in Air Transport from Cranfield University, UK, and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Meet the 2020 Excellence in Achievement Award for Recent Aviation Graduates Winner

Artūrs Saveljevs (Executive MSc Airport Planning and Management 2015)

Member of the Board, Riga International Airport 

Artūrs SaveljevsArtūrs began his aviation career in 2003 when he joined Riga International Airport Operations. In 2005, he was appointed the Non-Aviation Marketing Manager and later the Director of the Marketing Department. He assumed the role of the Director of the Commercial Department in 2007 becoming responsible for the airport’s non-aviation commercial activities and in September 2017 he joined the Management Board of Riga Airport currently being responsible for all airport’s commercial activities and marketing.

He holds a Master’s degree in Airport Planning and Management from Cranfield University and Master’s degree in International Economics from the University of Latvia. He is also a member of the ACI Europe Commercial Forum where he heads Airport city/Real estate task force and is a Lecturer in Aviation Management at the Transport and Telecommunication Institute in Riga.

Artūrs is a frequent speaker on airport commercial development at various local and global industry events. He is also active in the local community by counselling regional municipality on business development at the Business Advisory Council of Marupe Municipality.

In his free time, Artūrs enjoys travelling with his family, playing tennis and supporting the local aviation community.