Making certification a reality – Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

This week we are promoting different areas of engineering at Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) by shining a light on numerous engineers for Tomorrow’s Engineering Week.

With over 20 years of experience with CAeS, today we are highlighting Alison Eve, our Senior Airworthiness and Certification Engineer.


Engineering found Alison when she completed her O Levels and didn’t want to pursue A-Levels. Instead, she took up a Higher National Certificate and a four-year craft apprenticeship.

Before joining the team at CAeS, she worked as an electronics engineer, working on the early set top boxes that combined telephone with streaming TV.

CAeS Career

Continuing in electronics engineering, she joined CAeS and worked on the X-48 project, supporting the build and flight test.

The X-48 is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) aimed at studying the characteristics of the blended wing body for aircraft. CAeS worked with Boeing, NASA and the US Air Force Research Laboratory to complete the project.

Since then, Alison has been promoted to Senior Airworthiness and Certification Engineer at CAeS:

“In my role I research the information and details needed and write design certification documentation that is used in the certification of modifications and repairs for aircraft. A big part of my role is also supporting junior members of the team with this task as well.”

CAeS is developing the world’s first fully certified, zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered passenger aircraft. As a result, the certification process is significant, and it’s with CAeS’ certification expertise and experienced staff that sets us apart.

“I am currently focused on obtaining the permit to fly for the hydrogen fuel-cell propelled, conversion kits of the 9-seat Britten-Norman Islander.”

Why work at CAeS?

“The people and the variety of projects over the years. Plus the fact we are now working on a project that will kickstart the decarbonisation of aviation.”

Advice for Tomorrow’s Engineers

“Engineering is very wide and varied; search for a sector that interests you and see what you can add. Don’t wait for it to come to you – ask questions, learn from your mistakes! Remember to celebrate every little success, including the first time you get the LED to blink!”

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In addition, visit our careers page to see our current engineering vacancies.