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Dr Benjamin King Sutton Woods

Dr Benjamin King Sutton Woods

Dr Benjamin King Sutton Woods
B.S. (Maryland), M.S. (Maryland), Ph.D (Maryland)

Lecturer in Aerosopace Structures

Office 0.114 ACCIS
Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS),
University of Bristol, Queen's Building BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 33 15845


Dr. Woods is a Lecturer in the Aerospace Engineering Department at Bristol University.  His research focuses on the development of novel structural solutions to challenging problems in aerospace engineering.   This includes a broad range of work on morphing and adaptive aerostructures, development of low cost, ultra-efficient wound composite truss structures, novel energy storage and actuation methods, and reusable composite tooling solutions.   The research undertaken by Dr. Woods is concept driven and spans a range of disciplines including structures, aerodynamics, mechanics, kinematics, materials, optimization and design.  He uses a variety of analytical, numerical, and experimental tools and techniques to guide technologies from initial conception through increasing levels of technology readiness with a constant view towards commercialization and real world use.


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.

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