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Ben Parslew's academic background is in aerospace engineering, fluid dynamics and biomechanics. His research lies at the interface of engineering and biology, with particular interests in animal locomotion, unmanned aerial vehicles, robotics and computer animation. Some of the tools he has developed for analysing flapping-wing flight are available here.

Ben obtained his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from UMIST in 2003, and Master's in Fluid Dynamics from The University of Manchester in 2005. Ben went on to complete his PhD in animal flight biomechanics at The University of Manchester.

Ben was awarded the EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship in 2011, and then worked as a Research Associate in MACE. In 2013, Ben was appointed as an honorary lecturer in MACE to contribute to Aerospace Engineering taught courses. In 2015 he was promoted to the position of Lecturer and in 2018 was promoted to senior lecturer in Aerospace Engineering. At Manchester he has taught courses on modelling & simulation, flight mechanics, and UAV design. In 2020 Ben was an adjunct professor at Chulalongkorn University, teaching courses on Biomimetics and Experimental Aerodynamics.

Research interests

  • Flapping-wing flight
  • Animal locomotion
  • Biomimetics
  • Biomechanics
  • Unmanned air vehicles
  • Physics-based animation
  • Multibody dynamics
  • Robotics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

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  • Aerospace Research Institute
  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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