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Areas of expertise

Background

Howard Smith has particular interests in advanced aircraft configuration design, the design of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and aircraft static loads analysis. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Senior Member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was recently awarded a Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellowship, a position previously given to only one non-US citizen since 1995.

Current activities

Prof Howard Smith is head of the Aircraft Design Group at Cranfield University's School of Engineering. His multidisciplinary team excels at the integration of technologies, such as structures, airframe systems and avionics, to find solutions to aviation related challenges such as the environment, defence and airline operations. He has been responsible for the creation of a wide range of innovative aircraft concept studies.

Howard Smith currently teaches aircraft conceptual design and aircraft loads analysis to graduate students from all over the world. The unique approach to teaching emphasises learning and assessment through immersion in virtual industrial team projects. The scale of the projects initiated is probably unique in the academic world and attracts interest from aerospace manufacturers and operators alike.

Publications

Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

Books

  • Smith H (2012) Innovation in supersonic passenger air travel. In: Innovation in aeronautics. Young T, Hirst M (ed.), Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing, p. 155-193.
  • Mistry S, Smith H & Fielding JP (2009) Commercial Aircraft Design for Reduced Noise and Environmental Impact. In: Variational Analysis and Aerospace Engineering. Buttazzo G, Frediani A (ed.), New York: Springer, p. 291-312.