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Chris Atkin

Chris Atkin
CEng FREng FRAeS MA(Cantab) PhD
Senior Adviser and Honorary Fellow

Chris Atkin

Chris is Professor of Head of Engineering at the School of Mathematics, University of East Anglia which he joined in January 2020.  Previously he was Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at City University where he led the Aeronautics Centre within the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

Chris is an international authority on the prediction and control of boundary layer flows, in particular for the purposes of skin friction drag reduction by means of laminar flow control. He has provided advice and modelling software to Airbus, Bombardier, QinetiQ, EADS and the UK Ministry of Defence. His current academic interests focus on innovative flow control techniques for persistent UAVs and low-emission transport aircraft.

He also maintains a strategic interest in commercial and technical barriers to the application of flow control on future commercial aircraft projects. Alongside his involvement with the Trust, Chris served as President of the prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society (2016-2017) and is currently an Associate Editor of the Aeronautical Journal.

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