Miss Ifrah Mussa


I am a Lecturer in Aerodynamics in the Department of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering. I joined Kingston University as an undergraduate student in 2013 to study Masters in Aerospace Engineering (MEng). Throughout my degree, I was involved in a range of research projects including: Development of an aircraft fuel burn model for London Luton Airport; Delaying boundary layer transition using forward facing step; and Grid generation and aerodynamic analysis of 2D wind turbine blade. Upon finishing my degree I was offered a fully funded PhD opportunity at Kingston University where my research focuses on predicting ice formation process on wind turbine blade and analysing iced blade performance.

Since joining Kingston University, I have worked as a SEC Summer Research Intern and did summer internships at Civil Aviation Authority as a Navigation Approvals Officer for two years. I also did on campus work such as Student Support Worker, Event's Assistant and Student Ambassador. The Student Ambassador role includes STEM Outreach work which I particularly enjoy and continued during my PhD.

Alongside my PhD, I was working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to support aerodynamics, propulsion and engineering design tutorials and lab sessions. I also mentored a few BSc/BEng and MEng individual and group design projects. During second year of my PhD, I completed a six months PhD placement in China at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an for experimental and numerical icing research.

I am an associate member of Energy Institute (EI) and Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE). I am also a member of Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Aerodynamics


  • MEng in Aerospace Engineering - 2017
  • Fellow Member of Higher Education Academy - 2021

Teaching and learning

Qualifications and expertise

  • Aerodynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Areas of specialism

  • Computational aerodynamics
  • Icing on aircraft and wind turbines
  • Boundary layer transition and Laminar flow control techniques


Number of items: 2.

Conference or Workshop Item

Mussa, Ifrah, Wang, Qiao, Lin, Yujing and Wang, Jian (2021) Comparison criteria for ice accretion on an aerofoil surface. In: 14th World Congress of Computational Mechanics and ECCOMAS Congress; 11-15 Jan 2021, Held online.

Abbadi, Muram, Mussa, Ifrah, Lin, Yujing and Wang, Jian (2020) Preliminary analysis of ice accretion prediction on wind turbine blades. In: AIAA Scitech 2020 Forum; 06 - 10 Jan 2020, Orlando, U.S..

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