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Prof Mark White PhD, FRAeS, FHEA

Professor Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Eng


Personal Statement

Dr White obtained his PhD at The University of Liverpool in the field of structural crashworthiness. He is a Senior Lecturer and lead academic for flight simulation activities. He has 25 years of research experience publishing over 100 conference and journal papers on human factors, rotorcraft simulation, fidelity requirements, handling qualities of personal aerial vehicles, motion platform tuning, training in Virtual Reality environements and helicopter operations in harsh environments. His rotorcraft fidelity research activities include collaboration and flight testing with the National Research Council of Canada. For the last 10 years he has lead the development of real-time simulation tools for helicopter operations in harsh environments. He leads the piloted simulation activities in the area of the helicopter-ship dynamic interface, developing fidelity requirements to support First of Class Flight Trials and Ship Helicopter Operating Limits for future Royal Navy vessels and improved ship aerodynamics for helicopter launch and recovery operations. His work is being used to inform the design of the UK's new Type 26 frigate and the F-35B clearance case for the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier. He is also conducting research in helicopter operations in fixed-wing, rotary wing and wind turbine wakes through a Marie Curie ITN, NITROS, and work with the Civil Aviation Authority.

His collaborations include working with BAE Systems, dstl, QinetiQ, Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo, NASA Ames, DSTG Australia, NLR, ONERA, NRC Canada, CAE and Thales.

He lectures on the Pilot Studies, Flight Handing Qualities and the Aerospace Engineering Design modules and has published a number of papers on the use of flight simulation in support of Engineering Education.

He is the deputy-chair member of American Helicopter Society’s Modelling and Simulation Technical Committee, is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Flight Simulation and Rotorcraft Specialist Groups and GARTEUR’s Helicopter Group of Responsables. He is vice chair of NATO RTG AVT-296 "Rotorcraft Flight Simulation Model Fidelity Improvement and Assessment" and is a member of a the NATO AVT on "Comparative Assessment of Modeling and Simulation Methods of Shipboard Launch and Recovery of Helicopters".

Prizes or Honours

  • Best Paper (Society of Automotive Engineering, 2005)