Contact Dr Albert S.J. van Heerden

Areas of expertise

  • Aeronautical Systems
  • Aircraft Design
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Flight Physics
  • Power Systems & Turbines


Dr Albert S.J. van Heerden (Stevan) is a research fellow in the Centre for Propulsion Engineering. His research interests include complex engineered systems design, mathematical modelling and simulation. The main applications of his work are in aerospace systems, especially aerothermal systems.

Before commencing his current role, Stevan was named researcher for Cranfield on the Innovate UK Ultra High Bypass Ratio engine thermal management project. For this project, in partnership with Meggitt, he developed novel integrated thermal management systems for future aircraft.

Stevan has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, obtained at Cranfield, an MS in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology, where he was a Fulbright scholar, and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria. For his PhD research, he was awarded the Eric Beverley bursary.

Prior to his postgraduate studies, Stevan gained four years of industry experience, working as an aerodynamicist and control engineer in South Africa.

Research opportunities

  • Integrated thermal management systems design, modelling, analysis and optimisation
  • Computational techniques for aerospace vehicle and systems design
  • Integration of novel technologies into complex systems to establish potential benefits/impact at systems level

Current activities

  • Research Fellow in the Gas Turbine Engineering Group and Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre
  • Current Project: Powerplant Integration of Novel Engine Systems (PINES), funded by Innovate UK
  • Dr van Heerden is an Associate of the Royal Aeronautical Society and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Meggitt PLC
  • Rolls-Royce


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