Contact Dr David Judt

Areas of expertise

  • Aeronautical Systems
  • Aerospace Manufacturing
  • Aircraft Design


David received a MEng in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow in 2010, which included a 4-month placement at the DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen. He joined Cranfield University in 2011 and completed his PhD in 2014. As a research fellow, he worked on airframe systems modelling of rotorcraft technologies under the Clean Sky TE project and the Airbus Factory of Aircraft Future (FOAF) project, exploring wing production increases through improvements in system installation. Recently he has contributed to the UHBRThermals project on integrated thermal management solutions for fuel and hydraulic systems. David is an associate of the royal aeronautical society and treasurer of the local Cranfield Branch. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Current activities

David’s wider research focuses on developing flexible and rapid design tools for airframe systems. In particular, parametric and knowledge-based approaches, which provide a high degree of automation and coupling to heuristic search algorithms for effective Pareto-optimal design space exploration.

He teaches aircraft fuel systems and leads the module on system design for assembly and manufacturing. He supervises MSc. and PhD students and provides continuous technical support for the Aerospace Vehicle Design MSc. Group Design Projects.


Airbus UK
Aircraft Technology Institute
Meggitt PLC


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