Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Reader in Aerospace Structures



+44 (0)20 7594 5117m.santer




335City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I received my MEng in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford. Following this, after a time as a stress engineer at EADS-Astrium in the telecommunications satellite division, I then returned to academia to complete a PhD in the design of multistable structures at the University of Cambridge. I remained at Cambridge as a Research Associate in the Deployable Structures Laboratory until moving to Imperial College as a Lecturer in 2008, Senior Lecturer in 2013, and Reader in Aerospace Structures in 2019.


My research interests include:

  • Adaptive/Deployable/Morphing Aerospace Systems
  • Flexible Composite Materials
  • Image-based Measurement
  • Design Optimization
  • Multistable Structures and Materials
  • Compliant Structures and Materials 

Further information may be found on my research pages using the above tab. Please feel free contact me if you are interested in carrying out PhD research in any of the above or related fields.



Soltani Z, Santer M, 2020, The determination and enhancement of compliant modes for high-amplitude actuation in lattices, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol:206, ISSN:0020-7683, Pages:124-136

Nightingale M, Santer M, Hewson R, Multiscale Optimisation of Resonant Frequencies for Lattice Based Additive Manufactured Structures, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization

Thillaithevan D, Bruce P, Santer M, Stress constrained optimization using graded lattice microstructures, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization: Computer-aided Optimal Design of Stressed Solids and Multidisciplinary Systems, ISSN:1615-147X

Gramola M, Bruce P, Santer M, 2020, Off-design performance of 2D adaptive shock control bumps, Journal of Fluids and Structures, Vol:93, ISSN:0889-9746

Garland MGC, Santer MS, Morrison JF, 2019, Control of cellular separation using adaptive surfaces, Journal of Fluids and Structures, Vol:91, ISSN:0889-9746

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