Flying high:aerospace engineering student honoured by The Royal Aeronautical Society

Issue date: 24 June 2016

Charlie Muir receiving his prize

Charlie Muir, a third year MEng Aerospace Engineering student at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) continues to receive plaudits from the aeronautical community as the current winner of The Royal Aeronautical Society's Under 25 NE Rowe Award.

The Royal Aeronautical Society's Honours, Medals and Awards are the most prestigious and long-standing awards in global aerospace, honouring achievement, innovation and excellence. Charlie was awarded the prize in December 2015 for best presentation and paper based on his dissertation titled 'The Challenges of Hypersonic Flight'. This year Charlie has been invited to present his research at several branch meetings and currently his work features on The Royal Aeronautical Society's Aerospace Insight Blog.

In his paper Charlie discusses the challenges of hypersonics, sharing with guests in attendance his views that the costs involved in delivering payloads into orbit could be greatly reduced by moving to single-stage to orbit vehicles taking off conventionally.

Charlie is currently in his third year at UWE Bristol studying towards an MEng in Aerospace Engineering, specialising in the design pathway. He compiled the paper 'The Challenges of Hypersonic Flight' while on a year's placement at AgustaWestland where he worked in a variety of different departments including Operational Support, Simulation and Technology and Mission Requirements. He is especially interested in research and new development in the aerospace industry, particularly in hypersonic flight and the space industry which is an area he is pursuing in his dissertation research and hopefully in his future career.

Charlie says, "The N E Rowe Competition is hugely beneficial for improving key skills such as public speaking or paper writing, as well as giving considerable networking opportunities with industry professionals. I would fully endorse it for any other students interested. My success in the competition was largely due to the industrial and academic links provided by UWE as well as motivation and support of the teaching staff. The Aerospace Engineering degree at UWE has a heritage of innovation and continues to grow in esteem, with the introduction of applicable and interesting new pathways such as the Spaceflight module."

Dr Catherine Hobbs, Head of Department, said, “The Department of Engineering Design and Maths congratulates Charlie on his fantastic achievement. His success reflects very well on the quality of the teaching and research in aerospace at UWE Bristol.”

The Meng Aerospace Engineering degree at UWE Bristol has been designed alongside regional aerospace partners and is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society; equipping students with industry knowledge as well as an in-depth understanding of the aeronautical design and build process. Students get an inside track on the industry through regular factory tours and professional briefings from leading aerospace organisations. With work placements including design, systems and manufacturing, there's the chance to get valuable experience and professional skills.

The course prepares students for employment in leading aerospace companies such as Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Agusta Westland. Previous graduates have gone into careers in the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft, helicopters and jet engines.

Find out more about studying at UWE Bristol; visit the courses webpages for the Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics

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