Contact Dr Tim Mackley

Areas of expertise

  • Aviation Management & Operations
  • Systems Engineering
  • Through-life Engineering Services


Tim gained his first degree at Imperial College London and has subsequently gained a postgraduate diploma from Salford University and his PhD in Aerospace from Cranfield university. Prior to academia he worked with BAE Systems and MBDA as a senior engineering manager and department head, spending almost 18 years contributing to and leading international teams on major defence projects. At Cranfield he is now a Senior Lecturer in Systems Engineering and Head of the Aerospace Integration Research Centre, helping to establish and manage the £35m venture with government, Airbus and Rolls-Royce.

Current activities

Tim is the Head of Aerospace Integration Research Centre at Cranfield, which performs research into aircraft and airspace of the future through diverse topics such as aircraft and aircraft systems design, flight dynamics, simulation, Air Traffic Management, thermal management and autonomy. He also performs research, consultancy and teaching in Systems Engineering with a particular focus on:
  • Systems Thinking
  • Systems Design and Architecture
  • Lifecycle Management and Design Reviews
  • Systems of Systems
  • Through-Life Engineering Services.


Clients have included: 
  • Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority 
  • BAE Systems 
  • Curtiss-Wright 
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratories (DSTL) 
  • Lockheed Martin UK 
  • MBDA 
  • Ministry of Defence (MoD) 
  • Raytheon Systems 
  • Rolls Royce
  • TACOM 
  • Thales
  • Various other government organisations


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