Bob Stirling’s career started in 1957 when he began an aircraft engineering apprenticeship with A.V. Roe & Co (Avro) in Manchester. In 1963 he graduated from the University of Salford with a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering. In 1976, after several years in the industry, he completed his PhD in aircraft engineering at the University of Bristol, on flight control and gust alleviation systems. He has over 25 years of experience working in major aerospace companies in the UK, Canada and the USA, including (using present-day company names) BAE Systems, Bombardier, Boeing, and Airbus, and has held academic positions as Lecturer and Research Fellow in the University of Bristol Department of Aerospace Engineering. His aircraft engineering background is primarily in analysis, modeling and simulation of flight control systems and actuation systems, specialising in integrated aeroservoelastic analysis for commercial and military aircraft.
Bob Stirling is a well-known, respected and active member of the aerospace engineering community. In his career he has worked in the design teams for several commercial and military aircraft, notably the Boeing 747, the Boeing 2707 SST project, the BAE Systems Tornado and Jaguar FBW, as well as many R&D programmes in flight dynamics and control. He established Stirling Dynamics in 1987, SDI Engineering in Seattle in 1995, and remains active as President of both companies. His experience in developing the companies has given him a broad industry overview and many senior contacts in industry, government and academia.