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  • 2 h-Index
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Research Interests

I have many years of teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and currently research active and exploring ways to expand and grow in this area. I strongly believe in enriching the student experience by adopting a holistic approach to teaching and learning, where experiential learning and research plays a pivotal role. Project/Problem based learning has a huge role to play in delivering Aerospace Curriculum.

Over the last 12 years I have built up my research interests in the area of Autonomous Systems, presently member of the Committee of the IMechE, which oversees a UAS competition in the UK.   Application of control theory to UAS applications is the principal focus of research, and will take on research in the conventional control and aircraft design.  I am Involved in the following areas of Research:


  • Implementation of a modified robust Kalman Filter for UAV flight control applications on DSP.
  • Propeller trailing edge noise reduction via the aid of serrated geometries for UAV Applications
  • Active configurable hybrid capacitor as energy storage element for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Extreme Performance of Sniper Bullets, improved control by improving the manufacturing techniques. (Aerodynamics, and 6DOF RBD simulations and Accuracy Predictions
  • Vertical and Horizontal Wind Turbines


The future of aviation is Autonomous Unmanned Systems, and the global market in this arena is likely to outgrow the conventional aerospace market by 2021.  With such high stakes, the autonomous Unmanned systems research has to be the future, this research needs multi-disciplinary input, i.e., synergy between, propulsion, structure, avionics, control, guidance, decision making, sensor data fusion, telemetry to name a few.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Postgraduate Certificate, University of Hertfordshire

Aeronautical Engineering, Doctorate, Loughborough University


Aeronautical Engineering, Degree, Loughborough University

1 Sep 19786 Jun 1982

External positions

Academic Liaison UAS Steering Committee, Institute of mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Apr 2013 → …


  • TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
  • Flight Control
  • l, Unmanned Autonomous Systems
  • Aircraft Design

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Research Output 2013 2018

  • 8 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 10 Article
  • 1 Conference proceeding
  • 1 Other
  • 1 Paper
52 Downloads (Pure)

Employing control surface model in preliminary aircraft design software.

Al-Shamma, O., Ali, R. & Hassan, H., 29 May 2018, In : International Journal of Engineering & Technology. 7, Special Issue 31, p. 135-140 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Control surfaces
Software design
14 Downloads (Pure)

Environmental Impact of High Altitudes on the Operation of PEM Fuel Cell Based UAS

Saleh, I., Ali, R. & Zhang, H., Mar 2018, In : Journal of Energy and Power Engineering. 10, 3, p. 87-105 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Environmental impact
Fuel cells
20 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC)
Mathematical models
16 Downloads (Pure)

Multi-point Angle of Attack Sensing for Avoidance of Loss of Control in Flight

Milward, T. O., Bromfield, M., Horri, N., Ali, R. & Scott, S., 10 Sep 2018, (Submitted) AIAA SciTech 2019 Proceedings. American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Vol. (In-Press). AIAA 2019-1540

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Angle of attack
Pressure transducers
Pressure sensors

Programmable Aileron Sizing Algorithm for Use in Preliminary Aircraft Design Software

Al-Shamma, O., Ali, R. & Hassan, H., 26 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Engineering and Applied Science. 13, 10, p. 3458-3462 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Software design
Military aircraft
Transport aircraft

Activities 2017 2018

  • 3 Invited talk


Rashid Ali (Speaker)
18 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Stability an afterthought or a forethought in low Reynolds number regime

Rashid Ali (Speaker)
18 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

UAS Technologies Past, Present and Future

Rashid Ali (Speaker)
4 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Faculty of Engineering and Computing & Maths Intellectual Property Competetion

Rashid Ali (Recipient), 25 Mar 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Intellectual property
Wind turbines
Power generation

Press / Media

MH370 Air Crash

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1 media contribution

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Fifth Gear Season 22 Episode 9 Part 2/3

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1 media contribution

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Perilous Journeys : Aviation in Pakistan

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1 item of media coverage

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