Dr Hugo Williams CEng FIMechE

Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Interim Head of School

School/Department: Engineering, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 3899



I am a Chartered Engineer specialising in Aerospace and Nuclear Systems Engineering. I have played a leading role in tackling the engineering challenges of the University of Leicester's leadership of americium radioisotope space power systems development. I have broad research and professional interests in materials systems engineering aircraft performance and safety. I have undertaken a number of senior educational leadership roles and have been awarded numerous teaching awards for my own teaching practice. I am currently Interim Head of the School of Engineering and Head of the Engineering Learning and Professional Practice Group. I hold an MEng and PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Bristol the latter on self-healing composite sandwich materials. I also hold Fellowship of IMechE and Senior Fellowship of HEA (Advance HE).


Radioisotope power is a key 'enabling technology' for numerous future exploration space missions providing energy for space missions far from the sun or on planetary surfaces at night. The University of Leicester has been developing this technology for over a decade under a number of funding grants from European Space Agency (ESA). I led the first laboratory first representative radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) technology outside the USA or Russia and work closely with colleagues in the Space Research Centre/Space Park Leicester to continue to develop this and related applied research.


(0) For an up to date list of publications, please see my google scholar profile at:


Enquiries are welcomed from students with interest and funding for studies in the areas described in my profile and research tabs. I am also willing to consider funded research students wishing to undertake research on aircraft performance and applied Engineering Education research. I regret I cannot advise on funding for research studies or respond to speculative enquiries without funding - any funded opportunities will be advertised centrally through the university.


I generally teach modules related to aircraft and spacecraft systems and performance systems engineering and engineering leadership. I usually supervise student projects in these areas however teaching allocations are subject to change from year to year.

Press and media

  • Space and terrestrial nuclear power
  • Composite materials
  • Aircraft performance and safety.
Back to top
arrow-downarrow-down-3arrow-down-2arrow-down-4arrow-leftarrow-left-3arrow-left-2arrow-leftarrow-left-4arrow-rightarrow-right-3arrow-right-2arrow-right-4arrow-uparrow-up-3arrow-up-2arrow-up-4book-2bookbuildingscalendar-2calendarcirclecrosscross-2facebookfat-l-1fat-l-2filtershead-2headinstagraminstagraminstagramlinkedinlinkedinmenuMENUMenu Arrowminusminusrotator-pausec pausepinrotator-playplayc playplussearchsnapchatsnapchatthin-l-1thin-l-2ticktweettwittertwittertwitterwechatweiboweiboyoutubeyoutube