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Dr Benjamin King Sutton Woods


Dr. Benjamin K.S. Woods earned his PhD in Aerospace Structures from the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center at the University of Maryland in 2012, having earlier received a B.S. with honors (2005) and M.S. (2007) in Aerospace Engineering from Maryland.  His PhD focused on the development of a novel pneumatic actuator solution for active helicopter rotor blades. He was also heavily involved in Maryland’s World Record breaking Human Powered Helicopter project.  He held a post-doctoral research post (Senior Research Officer) at Swansea University from 2012 to 2015, where he developed a number of morphing aircraft concepts.  He started his current post in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Bristol in August of 2015 as a Lecturer in Aerospace Structures. He is currently an EPSRC Early Career Fellow and is leading the Horizon 2020 project SABRE (  He holds 7 US patents, has authored 27 journal publications, two book chapters, and 53 conference papers.