Contact William James

Areas of expertise

  • Aerospace Manufacturing
  • Aircraft Design
  • Welding and Laser Processing


Master of Science (MSc) in Aerospace Vehicle Design from Cranfield University (2018)

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies from University of Hertfordshire (2017)

William first joined Cranfield in 2017 to study MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design specialising in Structural Design. Prior to Cranfield he studied BSc (Hons) Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies at the University of Hertfordshire and graduated with First Class Honours. He also undertook an industrial placement year while at Hertfordshire working as a Design Engineer for RP Aero Systems designing Aircraft Cabin Simulation equipment for a range of top airlines. In a recognition of his undergraduate studies and industrial experience he obtained EngTech registration from the Engineering Council. William also returned to RP Aero Systems for a short period before starting at Cranfield.

Current activities

William's PhD project is Wire plus Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) for High-speed Flight, and is sponsored by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).

His research focuses on increasing the understanding of how the WAAM process affects the high temperature material properties of superalloys, including nickel-based and cobalt-based creep-resistant alloys. William's research is also in developing both in-process and post-processing strategies to return WAAM built superalloys to their wrought performance.


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