Professor William Gale was recently appointed as the Professor of Aviation and Aerospace Engineering/ Professorial Director of Interdisciplinary Research, within the School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering (SPEME) at the University of Leeds. Gale serves as the Director of the Earth, Energy and Environment (EEE) University Interdisciplinary Institute (UII). At Leeds, he is developing highly interdisciplinary team-based activities related to both aviation and sustainable energy.
Gale received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Leeds in 1986. Following both a Ph.D. and postdoctoral work at the University of Cambridge, Gale moved to the USA in 1992, where he held various professorial positions at Auburn University, including an Alumni Professorship, sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association.
In the US, Gale conducted a highly diverse research programme on advanced materials and systems for applications in aviation, space, terrestrial transportation, defence, power generation, the life sciences and other arenas, with a major emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration. In 2004, Gale was appointed as the Executive Director of the US Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence (CoE) for Airliner Cabin Environment Research (ACER). ACER is a highly interdisciplinary consortium of seven universities, including Harvard and the University of California Berkeley. ACER has over 40 industrial partners, including Delta Air Lines, Boeing, General Electric, United Technologies and Honeywell. In 2007, Gale led ACER’s expansion to become the US National Center of Excellence for Research in the Intermodal Transport Environment (RITE).
Gale is the author of around 150 open literature publications and served as the editor of the Smithells Metals Reference Book. Gale has received 50 grants, totalling over US $ 21 M from the National Science Foundation, NASA, numerous US Department of Defense Agencies, the US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Energy, trade associations and industry. ACER had a US $ 14 M budget under Gale’s leadership. He has received seven awards for research and teaching excellence.