Mr Robert Bolam

Job Role
Reader in Aeronautical Engineering


Rob started his career at the British Aerospace factory in Broughton as an engineering apprentice and studied at NEWI. He has since spent 38 years involved in Aerospace Engineering, the first twenty-five years of which he was a Design Engineer, and latterly in higher education as an Engineering Lecturer. Rob has gained his extensive and diverse industry experience from working both in the UK and abroad. He has worked on many military and commercial aircraft projects, and has an in-depth technical understanding of aircraft structural, system and propulsion subjects.


MSc Drone Technology and Applications (Distinction)- Liverpool John Moores University.

Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Cert Ed. Post-Compulsory Education & Training -N.E.W.I (University of Wales)

CGLI (A1) Certificate in Assessing Candidates Using a range of Methods- City & Guilds

CGLI 4353 Certificate in 3D Computer Aided Design

HND Aeronautical Engineering- North East Wales Institute of Higher Education

OTD General Engineering - North East Wales Institute of Higher Education

5 Year Aircraft Engineering Apprenticeship - British Aerospace (Broughton)


Electrical propulsion for vehicles, Artificial Intelligence (AI) for autonomous vehicles.


FdEng Industrial Engineering:

ENG 540 Engineering Science


ENG 666 Product Design


ENG 552 Structure, Fracture Mechanics and FEA

ENG 654 Project


ENG 759 UAS Technology & Applications

ENG 762 UAS Operations and the Law

ENG 763 UAV Construction

ENG 764 UAS Sensor Technology

ENG M66 Dissertation


Academic Papers:

Review of Electrically Powered Propulsion for Aircraft (accepted for UPEC-2018).


Curriculum Development of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses on Small Unmanned Aircraft. (IEEE Conference Paper,2017, PID4916931).


Implementation of Electrical Rim Driven Fan Technology to Small Unmanned Aircraft. (IEEE Conference Paper,2017, 1570342341).


Design of a Portable Drone for Educational Purposes. (2018 25th International Workshop on Electric Drives: Optimization in Control of Electric Drives (IWED), Moscow, Russia, Jan 31 – Feb 02, 2017).


Ultrasonic Sensor for UAV Flight Navigation. (IEEE Conference Paper,2017).


Review of UAS Technologies to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Operations (accepted for ICEPDS-2018).


Rob Bolam’s author ID in Scopus is 57200577490


Patents issued:

  • Pneumatic De-icing System GB2355243.
  • Non-pneumatic Air Conditioning for Aircraft Cabins FR2829466.
  • Control System for Aircraft Air Conditioning FR2829465 and FR2829464.


Technical Handbooks issued:

Airbus Structural Repair Manuals: SRMs A310 & A320: Chapters on Composite Repair Techniques and Schemes for the A310 Vertical Stabiliser and A320 Vertical and Horizontal Stabilisers.