Dr. Oliviu Sugar-Gabor

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Current positions

Lecturer in Aerodynamics


Dr Oliviu Sugar-Gabor graduated his BEng (Hons) and MSc studies in Aeronautical Engineering at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He worked as aerospace engineer at the National Institute for Aerospace Research (INCAS) in Bucharest, contributing to the development of a virtual aircraft maintenance trainer and a flight dynamics simulator. Moving to Canada, he completed his PhD in Aircraft Aerodynamics at the École de Technologie Superieure, University of Quebec in Montreal. His research focused on the development of morphing wings for the next generation of greener aircraft, working on projects in collaboration with Bombardier and Thales. He joined the University of Salford in July 2016 as Lecturer in Aerodynamics.

Areas of research

Aerodynamics, Aerodynamic Shape Optimisation, Morphing Aircraft, Computational Fluid Dynamics


  • Level 5 Aerodynamics
  • Level 7 Aerodynamics
  • Level 7 Aerospace Systems Design

Research Interests

My research can be broadly described as revolving around aerodynamic optimisation.

It includes several different threads:

  • Nonlinear quasi-3D aerodynamic prediction models suitable for early (conceptual) stage aircraft design and optimisation.
  • Design of aerofoils and wings including transition to turbulence effects.
  • Aerodynamic optimisation based on both deterministic (adjoint, gradient-based) and heuristic (genetic, evolutionary) algorithms.
  • Morphing aircraft designs.
  • Simultaneous analysis and design approaches.
  • Non-intrusive reduced-order modelling based on machine learning techniques.
  • Aerodynamic shape optimisation using high-order CFD.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering (2009)
  • MSc Aeronautical Engineering (2011)
  • PhD in Aircraft Aerodynamics (2016)
  • Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS)
  • Secretary of the Manchester Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)