Imperial College London

MrAlejandroOrtega Ancel

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Research Postgraduate



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Alejandro joined the Aerial Robotics Laboratory in 2014, when he started his CDT in Fluid Mechanics at Imperial College. His CDT Master's project consisted in researching drag reduction strategies for aquatic Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs). His PhD project expands on that work while focusing on the study of fluid flow over super-hydrophobic surfaces, especially in the transition between air and water.

He received his Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southapton in 2011, where he specialised in Spacecraft Engineering. He won the award for best performance in the Masters course. After completing his undergraduate studies he went on to work as a research engineer at Dyson. He then went back to further his knowledge in the space field by completing the International Space Univesity Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program in Adelaide, Australia. His last endeavour before joining Imperial College was working as a Performance Engineer at Cobham plc, focusing on the aerodynamic design and performance analysis of air-to-air refuelling systems.



Ancel AO, Eastwood R, Vogt D, et al., 2017, Aerodynamic evaluation of wing shape and wing orientation in four butterfly species using numerical simulations and a low-speed wind tunnel, and its implications for the design of flying micro-robots, Interface Focus, Vol:7, ISSN:2042-8898

Siddall R, Ancel AO, Kovac M, 2017, Wind and water tunnel testing of a morphing aquatic micro air vehicle, Interface Focus, Vol:7, ISSN:2042-8898

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