Non-Executive Director and Technical Consultant

The founder and former Technical Director of Cranfield Aerospace, Emeritus Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Cranfield University Ian Poll is now a Non-Executive Director of Cranfield Aerospace and a technical consultant to the company.

As the Head of Cranfield Aerospace's parent, the College of Aeronautics, he founded the Company in 1997 and served as Managing Director from 1997 until 1999. In that capacity, he was responsible for defining the structure of the Company, the separation of the commercial activity from the College of Aeronautics and the successful transfer of the commercial activity, together with the MoD and CAA design manufacture and maintenance approvals.

Director of Cranfield College of Aeronautics from 2001 until 2004 and Head of the College of Aeronautics from 1995 through to 2001, he was previously Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Manchester and Managing Director of Flow Science Ltd, a company that he founded in 1990.

The author of over 100 journal and conference papers and he has delivered more that 100 hundred lectures, colloquia and seminars on aerospace related topics. These include the Royal Aeronautical Society’s prestigious Wilbur and Orville Wright (2002), Lanchester (2008) and Handley Page (2009) annual lectures and he is the nominated American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Hugh L. Dryden lecturer for 2010. He has spent periods of sabbatical leave at NASA Langley, NASA Ames and Stanford University and he has served on a number of Committees reporting to Government Ministers and Government Departments including; the Aerospace Technology Steering Group, the Aerospace Innovation and Growth Team (technology) and the DTI Aerospace Committee. He was a member of the NATO AGARD Fluid Dynamics Panel and he has contributed to the European ACARE activity.

In addition, he is the Chairman of the Defence Science Advisory Council at the Ministry of Defence and the academic member on the Civil Aviation Authority’s UAS Steering Committee.

He is a Fellow and elected Council member of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute of London, a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow and elected Council member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was the 74th President of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2001 and he is currently the President of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences. In 2002, he was awarded the OBE in recognition of his services to the Cranfield College of Aeronautics.

Please click here to read about Professor Ian Poll's appointment as Chairman for DSAC.