Contact Dr John Economou

Areas of expertise

  • Defence Sensors
  • Gun Technologies


Dr Economou is an Associate Professor in Autonomous Mechatronics and is the Deputy Head Centre for Defence Engineering at Cranfield Defence and Security and Head of the Vehicles and Mechatronics Group. He has a BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Wales, Swansea and an MSc in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, from the University of Sheffield. His PhD is from Cranfield University, in modelling and control of skid-steer multi-wheeled vehicles.

Dr Economou completed Military Service with the Hellenic Armed Forces. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Chartered Engineer CEng of IET and a Member of the IET. He is the Course Director of the Military Aerospace and Airworthiness course.

    Research opportunities

    Research Fellow in Control Theory:

    Research Fellow in Control Theory (4144) (

    Current activities

    Dr Economou is Course Director of the Military Aerospace and Airworthiness MSc (MAA) and Aerosystems MSc. He also leads on Unmanned Aircraft Systems / RPAS , Uninhabited Military Vehicle Systems (UMVS short course or MSc), Military Aircraft Systems (MAS short course or MSc), and Guidance and Control Systems (GWS MSc).

    His current research interests are:

    Intelligent power management and control for electro-mechanical systems in the domain areas of  Land and Air (fixed, rotary wing aircraft, guided weapons, gun systems). 


    UK Ministry of Defence (MOD)

    U.S. Department of Defence (DOD)

    Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)

    Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

    BAE Systems UK

    Roke Manor Research


    and International and UK clients.


    Articles In Journals

    Conference Papers


    • Economou JT & Knowles K (2011) Sugeno inference perturbation analysis for electric aerial vehicles. INTECH.
    • Economou JT & Savvaris A. Propulsion Systems. In: Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering. A Tsourdos et al (ed.), John Wiley and Sons, Inc.