Prof Constantinos Soutis PhD(Cantab), CEng, FREng, FRAeS, FIMechE, FIMMM, AFAIAA

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Professor Soutis FREng, is a graduate of the University of London (Queen Mary College and Imperial College London, Aeronautics) and Cambridge University (Department of Engineering, PhD). He has taught and performed research in the areas of mechanics of aerospace composite materials and structures at the University of Cambridge (1986-1991), University of Leicester (1991-1994), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States of America (2000-2001 as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics), Imperial College London (1994-2002), where he held a personal chair in composite structures in the department of Aeronautics. Professor Soutis was the first Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Sheffield where he served as Head of Aerospace and Head of the Composite Systems Innovation Centre (Founding Director) until September 2012. In October 2012, he was appointed at the University of Manchester as Chair of Aerospace Engineering, Director of the Aerospace Research Institute and Director of the Northwest Composites Centre.
On 5 August 2014 Professor Soutis was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.  "He is distinguished for his major contributions to the science and technology of the mechanics and mechanisms of failure of fibre-composite materials based upon polymeric matrices.  His research is innovative and world-leading.  The output from his research is being used extensively by major companies working with composite materials".  The Academy's Fellows represent the nation's best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business and industry leaders. 

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Professional Societies

Professor Soutis is an Associate Editor of the RAeS Aeronautical Journal and the International Journal of Structural Health Monitoring. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of 6 international journals in the field of composite materials and structural integrity. Professor Soutis is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals; he chairs the Aerospace Materials & Structures Technical Activity Committee, Aerospace Division (Board Member) of the IMechE.

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Professor Soutis is the author or co-author of over 400 archived articles, which include more than 200 ISI listed journal papers and made over 100 technical presentations at international conferences, seminars and symposia (with more than 15 Keynote/Plenary lectures in the last 2 years). Some 30 PhD students have qualified under his supervision and guidance.

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Industrial Experience

His industrial research and engineering experience includes work with the Structural Materials Centre of the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency (visiting research fellow, 1995-2001), QinetiQ (Trusted Expert, 2001-2003), Dowty Propellers, Cytec Engineering Materials, IMMG -Athens and ABB Research in Baden, Switzerland.


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Education / academic qualifications

  • 1989 - Doctor of Engineering, Compressive Failure of Notched Carbon Fibre-Epoxy Panels , University of Cambridge

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