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

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


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

Research Interests

Research interests include:

  • Enhanced non-linear potential-based methods for steady and unsteady low-speed aerodynamics
  • Morphing (adaptive) wings for increasing aircraft efficiency
  • Aerodynamic shape optimisation using computational fluid dynamics
  • Adjoint-based techniques for simultaneous analysis and design of aeronautical structures
  • Reduced-order methods for fluid-structure interaction problems and aerodynamic shape optimisation
  • Development of educational aerodynamics software

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)