We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Cranfield Aerospace and Aviation Alumni Awards.

In partnership with Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association, these awards recognise the exceptional achievements of our aerospace and aviation alumni while showcasing the global impact of Cranfield University.

Your 2020 Cranfield Aerospace and Aviation Alumni Award winners

Distinguished Aerospace Alumna Award: Dr Sarah Qureshi (PhD Aerospace 2016)

Dr Sarah Qureshi is CEO and co-founder of Aero Engine Craft (Private) Limited, Pakistan’s first commercial aero- engine R&D company to convert patented contrail-free aero engine technology into a full scale application for the global aviation industry. Dr Qureshi is also a licensed pilot, and learned acrobatic flying during her time at Cranfield.

Learn more about Dr Sarah Qureshi.

Excellence in Achievement Award for Recent Aerospace Graduates: Marcos Acin Gonzalez (MSc Aerospace Vehicle Design 2014)

Marcos Acin Gonzalez is a Stress Analysis Expert at NASA AMES Research Centre. He studied at Cranfield as part of the Erasmus European Partnership Programme. Following the completion of his studies, he was awarded a National award for Excellence in Academic Performance by the Spanish Minister of Science. Marcos has worked for several engineering companies worldwide, and is currently studying for an Executive MBA.

Read more about Marcos Acin Gonzalez.

Distinguished Aviation Alumnus Award: Adel Al Redha (MSc Air Transport Management 1997)

Adel Al Redha is Chief Operating Officer at Emirates Airline, sitting at the helm of the Emirate’s operations both in Dubai and across the airline’s global destination network. Adel also initiated the introduction of a development programme to provide aviation career paths for young people in the United Arab Emirates.

Find out more about Adel Al Redha.

Excellence in Achievement Award for Recent Aviation Graduates: Artūrs Saveljevs (Executive MSc Airport Planning and Management 2015)

Artūrs Saveljevs began his aviation career in 2003 when he joined Riga International Airport Operations and he is currently a Board Member, responsible for all of the airport’s commercial activities and marketing. He is also a member of the ACI Europe Commercial Forum, and a Lecturer in Aviation Management at the Transport and Telecommunication Institute in Riga.

Read Artūrs Saveljevs’ full biography here.

Celebrate with us at our virtual awards events in November during Aerospace and Aviation Week!

On 16 and 19 November, we’ll be hosting two virtual awards ceremonies as part of Aerospace and Aviation Week. You’ll have the opportunity to hear lectures from our Distinguished Aerospace and Aviation Alumni Award winners, join virtual sessions with faculty, network with fellow alumni and attend the annual Handley Page Lecture.

Register for the Aerospace Alumni Awards and Lecture on 16 November.
Register for the Aviation Alumni Awards and Lecture on 19 November.

Registration will be opening soon for all of our Aerospace and Aviation Week events, so keep an eye out for our monthly events bulletin in your inbox, and on our alumni events page and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).