Mark Price

    Professor Mark Price

    Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor

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    Mark Price graduated in 1987 with a First Class Honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Queen's University Belfast and a Masters in Engineering Computation in 1988 before taking up a post in industry as a stress engineer in Short Brothers (now Bombardier Aerospace). He returned later to QUB to undertake a PhD in the department of Mechanical Engineering on hexahedral finite element mesh generation which was completed in 1993. Mark then joined FEGS Ltd (now Transcendata Europe) as a software engineer and project manager to implement his research work in their CAE application CADFix. He then made a brief career change moving into a financial derivatives company to develop advanced software systems for financial forecasting and derivatives pricing.

    In 1998 he returned to QUB Aeronautical Engineering lecturing in aircraft structures. With a strong focus on design applications and integrated cost models including manufacturing processing effects in design simulations. He has built a solid body of work and methods in the analysis and design of airframes, and design automation for airframes. He received the 2006 Thomas Hawksley medal from the IMechE for work on friction stir welding in airframe design. He has published over 150 articles, supervised 14 PhDs to completion and has obtained substantial grant funding including prestigious major national and international collaborative programmes. In addition he has held key administrative roles including Head of teaching for Aeronautical Engineering and was a university auditor for the quality assurance of degree programmes.  His previous key leadershp role was Head of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, from 2011-2015.

    Currently Mark is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engineering and Physical Sciences, since October 2015. His current projects include airframe design methods, value driven design, life cycle costing and structural design of metallic and composite airframes. He has been a member of the AIAA Aircraft Design Technical Committee, and was the Technical Co-Chair for the ATIO conference in 2007 & 2009. Mark was also a Director of the QUB Institute for the Sustainable World (ISW) where sustainability and whole life costs of engineering products were his key focus.

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    School/University Roles

    Director of Research Integrated Aircraft Technologies Cluster - 2006-2011
    Director of the Centre of Excellence in Integrated Aircraft Technologies (CEIAT) - 2008-2011
    Board of Directors of the Institute for the Sustainable World (ISW) - 2009-2012
    Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE) management board 2012-present

    Conference Technical Programme Co-Chair

    CEIAT 1st International Conference on Innovation and Integration in Aerospace Sciences 4th - 5th August 2005, Belfast 2005
    AIAA 7th Aviation Technology Integration and Operations Forum - Belfast, N. Ireland - September 2007
    AIAA 9th Aviation Technology Integration and Operations Forum - Hilton Head, USA - September 2009

    Conference Theme Chair

    AIAA 10th Aviation technology Integration and Operations Forum, Fort Worth, Texas USA

    Committee Member

    AIAA Value Driven Design Programme Committee 2007-2015
    AIAA Education Series Advisory Board 2006 - present
    AIAA Aircraft Design Technical Member 2005 - 2015
    NAFEMS Education and Training Working Group 2005 - 2007
    AIAA Conceptual Aircraft Design Working group (CADWG21) 2005 - 2015
    NB AIAA - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Research Statement

    With a strong focus on design applications and integrated cost models including manufacturing processing effects in design simulations. He has built a solid body of work and methods in the design of airframes and design automation for airframes.

    His current projects include airframe design methods, life cycle costing and structural design of metallic and composite airframes, with an overriding emphasis on value driven design and energy based design methods.

    Teaching

    FormerTeaching:

    AER2014 Aircraft Design 2
    Introductory course on aircraft design methods. Students learn the rudiments of the process and complete exercises on initial sizing, parametric sizing and initial studies on configurations.

    AER3019 Preliminary Design 3
    The methods learned in aircraft design 2 are further develeped here to use higher fidelity tools and carry out multiplr iterations on a design. Steudents learn the impoartance and effects of key design parameters such as T/W and W/S.

    AER3004 Aircraft Structures 3
    Advanced structural analysis methods using energy methods to determine structral deflections in frameworks and beams, and methods to determine forces in redundant structures.

    AER3019 Aircraft Design 3
    Design application course where students are asked to develop a design tool and apply the methods to a practical aircraft configuration problem. This takes the form of a design build fly exercise, using the tools learned in stages 2 & 3.

    AER4004 Fracture Mechanics 4
    Introductory course to this advanced topic stress distributions around cracks and the analysis of basic structural integrity problems. The course includes a strong industrial element with practical workshops on application of methods in industry.

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