Contact Dr John Economou

Areas of expertise

  • Defence Sensors
  • Gun Technologies


Dr Economou 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 opportunity

    Research Fellow in Terramechanics:

    Funded PhD Position:

    Current activities

    Dr Economou is Course Director of the Military Aerospace and Airworthiness MSc (MAA). He also leads on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS Tech short course), 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 electromechanical systems in the domain areas of  Land and Aerial (fixed, rotary wing aircraft, guided weapons, gun systems)


    UK Ministry of Defence

    USA DoD

    BAE Systems

    Roke Manor Research


    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.