Congratulations to Stirling’s company founder, Dr Bob Stirling, on his WEAF Aerospace Ambassador Award nomination in the category of Lifetime Achievement Award. Described as the “Aerospace Oscars”, the WEAF Aerospace Ambassador Awards celebrates achievements in the South West aerospace sector.
Truly deserving of his nomination, Bob’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 and 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. Bob 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, modelling and simulation of flight control systems and actuation systems, specialising in integrated aeroservoelastic analysis for commercial and military aircraft.
Bob Stirling founded Stirling Dynamics in 1987 and the company went on to become a highly successful SME with tremendous growth, reaching £10 million turnover last year before the company was acquired by Assystem Technologies UK earlier this year. Stirling is proud that Bob has been recognised for his great contribution to the aerospace industry.
Commenting on his nomination, Bob stated: “I feel very honoured with this nomination and would like to thank WEAF and my colleagues for it. I’ve worked in the aerospace industry for my whole career and have always enjoyed working with its people and fellow enthusiasts. I very much appreciate the award nomination.”