Rafael Palacios is Reader in Aeronautics at Imperial College London, where he has been since 2007. He is Aeronautical Engineer from Universidad Politécnica, Madrid, and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, which he attended with a Fulbright fellowship. Before his PhD he spent four years at Airbus’s Aeroelasticity Department near Madrid. His research is on computational methods in aeroservoelasticity and fluid-structure interactions, with applications to aeroelastic design and control of large offshore wind turbines and very flexible air vehicles. His research has been funded by the UK Research Council, European Commission, AFOSR, QinetiQ and Airbus.
He has also acted as technical consultant with Airbus, Facebook and MSC Software in the translation of his research in nonlinear aeroelasticity to industrial applications. At Imperial he is theme leader for Offshore Renewable Energy research at the Energy Futures Lab. He received the best undergraduate student award in Spain, the AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award for best PhD thesis in aerospace engineering in the US, and Imperial’s best supervisor award in 2013. Rafael is associate editor of Progress in Aerospace Sciences, the Journal of Fluids and Structures, and the Journal of Aircraft, a member of the AIAA Structural Dynamics Technical Committee, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. For more information as well as a full list of publications, please visit Rafael’s personal web site at Imperial College London or the website of the Load Control and Aeroelastics Research Lab.