Thurai Rahulan graduated with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering Science in 1979 and obtained his PhD in Active Vibration Control in 1984 from Salford University. His first job involved the implementation of new technologies on various aircraft on projects funded by the British Ministry of Defence which in turn led to a few years working in industry on intelligent road vehicle suspension systems at Jaguar Cars Limited in Coventry. He returned to Salford University in 1990 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in aeroelasticity, flight dynamics and aircraft design.
Dr Rahulan has published & refereed many scientific papers and has delivered a number of lectures organised by learned societies for the benefit of the public. On top of his day job, he is serving a second term on the Council of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a third term as the Chairman of the Association of Aerospace Universities in addition to liaising with industry and the media on aerospace matters.