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Alison McMillan

Professor in Aerospace Technology

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Alison McMillan

Room: C128


+44 (0) 1978 294418


Alison McMillan studied Maths and Physics BSc at University College London, and then changed track to study Mechanical Engineering MSc, specialising in Finite and Boundary Element Methods at Cranfield. Her PhD from Staffordshire University involved computational modelling of vibration and impact of laminates.

Following a series of postdoctoral positions at the universities of Oxford and Keele she moved into industry, working at Rolls-Royce plc in Derby. Here she worked at the interface between new product introduction and capability acquisition, engaging frequently with research organisations and universities. During the period from around 2003-2007, she founded the composites strategy, and formulated the composites methods capability gap plan.  From 2007-2011 she was a holder of the prestigious Royal Society Industry Fellowship, based part-time at the University of Bristol.  Alison left Rolls-Royce plc in October 2011, to enter the academic profession.

Here at Wrexham Glyndwr University, Alison is developing her research interests in computational mechanics and manufacturing simulation.  She is working closely with colleagues in the Advanced Composite Training and Development Centre and the National Facility for Ultra Precision Surfaces.  In addition to this, she is leading the development of two new research groups: “CoMManDO” (Computational Mechanics, Manufacturing simulation, Design and Optimisation) and “Analytical Decision Making”.

BSc Joint Hons Maths and Physics (University College London)

MSc Mechanical Engineering (Cranfield)

PhD Physics (Staffordshire University)

PGCPD (Glyndwr University)

CEng CPhys FInstP FIMechE FHEA

To take a look at  Alison's publications visit her Research Gate page here

Alison’s primary area of expertise is in stress and impact analysis, but she has a broad background in metallics and composites, and experience in industrial problem solving and technology transfer in design and manufacturing. 

Her particular research interests include; the modelling of manufacturing processes and defects; design optimisation; nonlinear vibration; aeroelasticity; and the application of interdisciplinary knowledge. She is currently exploring the potential application of Random Graph Theory to fatigue life prediction for composite materials.

In addition to personal research, Alison has extensive experience in research team leadership and collaborative project management.