Robert Bolam

Job Role
Reader in Aeronautical Engineering


Rob attended Holywell High School and began his career as an Engineering Apprentice at British Aerospace in Broughton. He studied Aeronautical Engineering at the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (N.E.W.I) which has now become Glyndwr University. He has since gained extensive industrial experience in Aircraft Development and Design and has worked on a wide variety of civil, military, and unmanned aircraft projects both in the UK and abroad. In 1992 He founded Altitude Products Ltd., an Aerospace Design Consultancy and Equipment Manufacturing company which he ran until 2004.

At Glyndwr University, Rob established the MSc course on Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology (UAST) and the Aircraft Electrical Propulsion (AEP) laboratory which is based at the Glyndwr Optic Centre (St. Asaph campus). He currently leads a Welsh Government funded industrial collaborative research project, to develop an innovative ducted electrical fan-jet, intended for high-speed aircraft propulsion.

Rob maintains an avid interest in all aspects of aviation and is passionate about enriching the students’ experiences whilst they study at Glyndwr. He is involved in supervising the Glyndwr team for the annual IMechE Unmanned Aircraft System Challenge competition and in organising field trips and practical UAS flying events at the Glyndwr Northop campus flying field.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Master of Science (MSc)

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

Fellow of The Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS)


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)




  • Aircraft Electrical Propulsion
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Zero Emission propulsion technologies
  • Combatting Climate Change






Scopus Author ID 57200577490

  1. Bolam, R.C., Vagapov. Y., Day, R. and Anuchin, A. (2020). Aerodynamic analysis and design of a rim driven fan for fast flight. AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, online first,13p.2021,
  2. Bolam, R.C., Vagapov. Y. and Anuchin, A. (2020). Performance comparison between copper and aluminium windings in a rim driven fan for a small unmanned aircraft application. In: 11th Int. Conf. on Electrical Power Drive Systems (ICEPDS), Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 4-7 Oct. 2020, pp.1-6,
  3. Bolam, R.C., Vagapov. Y., Laughton, J. and Anuchin, A. (2020). Optimum performance determination of single-stage and dual-stage (contra-rotating) rim driven fans for electric aircraft. In: 11th Int. Conf. on Electrical Power Drive Systems (ICEPDS), Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 4-7 Oct. 2020, pp. 1-6, ircraft Electrical propulsion
  4. Bolam, R.C., Vagapov. Y. and Anuchin, A. (2020). A review of electrical motor topologies for aircraft propulsion. In: 55th IEEE Int. Universities Power Engineering Conference UPEC-2020, Torino, Italy, 1-4 Sept. 2020, pp. 1-6,
  5. McClanahan, C., Bolam, R., Vagapov, Y. and Anuchin, A. (2019). Analysis of the effects on the pitching, rolling and yawing rate of a v-tail configured quadcopter. In: 26th Int. Workshop on Electric Drives: Improvement in Efficiency of Electric Drives, Moscow, Russia, 30 Jan. – 2 Feb. 2019, pp. 1-7,
  6. Davies, L., Bolam, R., Vagapov, Y., and Anuchin, A. (2018). Review of unmanned aircraft system technologies to enable beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations. In: 10th Int. Conf. on Electrical Power Drive Systems ICEPDS 2018, Novocherkassk, Russia, 3-6 Oct. 2018, pp. 1-6,