Constantinos Soutis

Constantinos Soutis, PhD(Cantab), FREng


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Professor Soutis FREng, is a graduate of the University of London (BSc, Queen Mary College and MSc, Imperial College London, Aeronautics) and Cambridge University (Department of Engineering, PhD). He has taught and performed research in the areas of mechanics of aerospace composite materials and structures at the University of Cambridge (1986-1991), University of Leicester (1991-1994), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States of America (2000-2001 as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics), Imperial College London (1994-2002), where he held a personal chair in composite structures in the department of Aeronautics. Professor Soutis was the first Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Sheffield where he served as Head of Aerospace and Head of the Composite Systems Innovation Centre (Founding Director) until September 2012. In October 2012, he was appointed at the University of Manchester as Chair of Aerospace Engineering, Director of the Aerospace Research Institute and in 2013 also Director of the Northwest Composites Centre.
On 5 August 2014 Professor Soutis was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.  "He is distinguished for his major contributions to the science and technology of the mechanics and mechanisms of failure of fibre-composite materials based upon polymeric matrices.  His research is innovative and world-leading.  The output from his research is being used extensively by major companies working with composite materials".  The Academy's Fellows represent the nation's best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business and industry leaders. 

Research interests

Prof Soutis has over 35 years of experience in working with composite structures and has made significant research contributions in modelling the compressive response of composite plates with open or filled holes under uniaxial, bi-axial static and fatigue loading; impact and post-impact compressive strength and crush energy absorption; multi-scale modelling of damage in orthotropic laminates under multi-axial in-plane loading; structural health monitoring using PZT activated Lamb waves and analysis and inspection of bonded patch repairs. Some of the fracture models he developed have been implemented in commercial computer design packages, used successfully by industry and academia.

On 5 August 2014 Professor Soutis was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, FREng, distinguished for his major contributions to the science and technology of the mechanics and mechanisms of failure of fibre-composite materials based upon polymeric matrices.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Professional Societies

Professor Soutis served as an Associate Editor of the RAeS Aeronautical Journal and the International Journal of Structural Health Monitoring. He is a member of the Editorial Board of 6 international journals in the field of composite materials and structural integrity. Professor Soutis qualified as Chartered Engineer in 1992 and ellected Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals in 2002 and Fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2007; he chaired for two terms the Aerospace Materials & Structures Technical Activity Committee, Aerospace Division (Board Member) of the IMechE.

Further information

Professor Soutis is the author or co-author of over 400 archived articles, which include more than 300 ISI listed journal papers and made over 100 technical presentations at international conferences, seminars and symposia (with more than 15 Keynote/Plenary lectures in the last 2 years). Some 50 PhD students have qualified under his supervision and guidance.

Research themes and Research centers


Industrial Experience

His industrial research and engineering experience includes work with the Structural Materials Centre of the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency (visiting research fellow, 1995-2001), QinetiQ (Trusted Expert, 2001-2003), Dowty Propellers, Cytec Engineering Materials, IMMG -Athens and ABB Research in Baden, Switzerland. Professor Soutis is senior partner of KS Engineering Consultants and co-founding director of Manchester Robotics Ltd, a start-up of the University of Manchester, incorporated on 6 July 2020 under the Companies House number 127222232, 


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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Compressive Failure of Notched Carbon Fibre-Epoxy Panels , University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Oct 1989

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Aerospace Research Institute
  • Advanced materials


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