Dr José Barros Rodríguez


I joined Kingston University in July 2019, and currently work as a Senior Lecturer in Aerodynamics, Aircraft Systems, Airworthiness, and Systems Engineering.

After receiving a Master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) I joined the Spanish Air Force (SAF). I worked as a maintenance officer and as a mission flight crew member in a unit equipped with electronic warfare aircraft.

Next, I worked for 3 years at NAPMA, the International Agency for the NATO AWACS program in the Netherlands, in the conceptual phase for future fleet modernisation programs.

In 2005, I returned to the SAF as Head of Engineering of Wing 12, the F-18 Combat Wing located in Madrid.

Then, I spent one year in France, in one of the four worldwide recognised Flight Test Schools, EPNER, where I graduated as an Experimental Flight Test Engineer.

In 2007, I was assigned to CLAEX, the Spanish Military Flight Test Center for 5 years. I performed aircraft evaluation flights in Spain, Switzerland, South Korea, and United States; and analysis and flight testing to support the integration of new capabilities in F-18, F-5, and EF-2000, including flutter flight testing of new armament configurations, and missile firing tests.

Later, I joined OCCAR (European Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation) as Aircraft Acceptance Officer for 5 years. I led the acceptance of 25 A400M, including the first aircraft for France, Turkey, UK, Germany, and Spain.

In 2017, I came to UK, Kingston, to look after my two daughters as a full-time father.

I have over 500 flight hours in fighters and advanced trainers, and 300 in transport aircraft, as a flight crew member. 

My PhD thesis characterises the structural signals obtained during flutter flight testing. My research interests focus on aeroelasticity, flight testing, airworthiness, and structural dynamics. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • Doctorate in Aeronautical Engineering, UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), Spain
  • Master's in Aeronautical Engineering, UPM, Spain
  • Experimental Flight Test Engineer, EPNER, France
  • Master's in Science and Technology from Space, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain
  • FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy), HEA, UK
  • Certification in Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner Certificate in Project Management, AXELOS