Contact Stephen Champion

Areas of expertise

  • Armour systems
  • Test and Evaluation
  • Explosives and Munitions
  • Gun Technologies
  • Weapons Engineering


Stephen started working with Cranfield University in 1997 as a Research Assistant for stab resistant body armour. This role expanded to cover testing body armour for the Home Office and on to heavier aspects of terminal ballistics impacts. In 2007 Stephen transferred from working with armour to working with weapons to take up his current post as a Lecturer in Weapon Engineering and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2017. Stephen became the Head of the Lethality and Survivability Group in 2020.

Current activities

Stephen's current research interests consist of understanding the various aspects of how enginnering design can improve infantry capability.

Stephen teaches on a wide variety of courses including:

  • Vehicle and Weapon Engineering MSc Programme 
  • Explosives Ordnance Engineering MSc
  • Battlespace Technology MSc
  • Forensic MSc Programme
  • Royal Engineers Force Protection Engineering course

Stephen is module manager for the Light Weapon Design and Ordnance Design modules. Stephen supervises research students at MSc and PhD level in Defence related disciplines


  • MoD DE&S Project Teams (inc. STSP-DCC, DGM, MFP)
  • Dstl (Porton Down, Sandridge and Portsdown West)
  • Qinetiq


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