Robert Bolam

Reader in Aeronautical Engineering

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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 Wrexham 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 Wrexham University, Rob established the MSc course on Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology (UAST) and the Aircraft Electrical Propulsion (AEP) laboratory which is based at the Wrexham 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 Wrexham. He is involved in supervising the Wrexham team for the annual IMechE Unmanned Aircraft System Challenge competition and in organising field trips and practical UAS flying events at the Wrexham Northop campus flying field.