Dr Andrew Wilson

Knowledge Exchange Associate

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Personal statement

Dr Andrew Ross Wilson is a Research Associate from the Advanced Space Concepts Lab at the University of Strathclyde. His research mainly relates to life cycle assessment, carbon accounting, cost analysis and energy systems, with a particular focus on the space sector. However, Andrew’s technical background is in environmental management, and his work is extremely interdisciplinary. In this regard, Andrew’s services are often consulted by external parties with regards to the assessment, mitigation and communication of sustainability issues. This can often vary from being very specific and technical-facing, to being broad and societal-facing, and the range of risks, impacts and decision-making processes in-between. Ultimately, his work aims to inform how society can transition towards a future that is truly sustainable, as envisaged through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Andrew’s primary research focus is currently on the integration of life cycle assessment into the concurrent design process of space missions, and particularly space-based solar power. He has been involved in every space mission design session conducted at the university where he acted as systems engineer, team leader and ecodesign expert. Due to his contributions to science and technology, Andrew was awarded the 2018 Young Scot Environment Award, was named one of Junior Chamber International’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Scotland and won the ESA-EISC Space for Sustainability Award 2021. As well as his research and consultancy, Andrew teaches on a variety of Undergraduate and Master's courses across both the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University, and supervises undergraduate project groups within the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.


Has expertise in:

    • Carbon Accounting
    • Climate Change
    • Concurrent Design
    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Cost Analysis
    • Energy Systems
    • Environmental Impact Assessment
    • Environmental Management Systems
    • General Circulation Modelling
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Life Cycle Assessment and ecodesign
    • Net-Zero and Climate Neutrality
    • Sustainability and the SDGs
    • Systems Engineering

Prizes and awards

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
ESA-EISC Space for Sustainability Award 2021
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
JCI Ten Outstanding Young People of Scotland Award
Young Scot Environment Award 2018
Space Generation Advisory Council - Member of the Month (December 2017)

More prizes and awards


Life cycle engineering of space systems : preliminary findings
Wilson Andrew Ross, Vasile Massimiliano
Advances in Space Research (2023)
Implementing life cycle sustainability assessment for improved space mission design
Wilson Andrew R, Vasile Massimiliano, Maddock Christie, Baker Keith
Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, pp. 1-21 (2023)
Environmental sustainability of future proposed space activities
Miraux Loïs, Wilson Andrew Ross, Dominguez Calabuig Guillermo J
Acta Astronautica Vol 200, pp. 329-346 (2022)
UK Space Energy Initiative : environmental impact assessment scoping review of an offshore rectenna in Scotland
Wilson Andrew R, Oqab Haroon B, Vasile Massimiliano
19th Reinventing Space Conference (2022)
Life cycle assessment of the UK Space Energy Initiative technology roadmap
Wilson Andrew R, Vasile Massimiliano, Oqab Haroon B
19th Reinventing Space Conference (2022)
The Strathclyde concurrent and collaborative design studio : past, present and future
Wilson Andrew Ross, Vasile Massimiliano
10th International Systems & Concurrent Engineering for Space Applications Conference (SECESA 2022) (2022)

More publications

Professional activities

Stardust-R Global Virtual Workshop II: Space Traffic Management and Resilient Space Environment
Member of programme committee
8th International Systems & Concurrent Engineering for Space Applications Conference
European Space Agency
Visiting researcher
Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry Europe 28th Annual Meeting
Guest Lecture at TU Delft (Netherlands)
Radio Appearance

More professional activities


The Uncertain Life of a Space System
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Bi, Sifeng (Co-investigator) Wilson, Andrew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
Strathclyde Knowledge Exchange Development Fund
Wilson, Andrew (Principal Investigator) McGrane, Scott (Co-investigator) Gordeyev, Sergey (Co-investigator)
A collaborative project between economics, and mechanical and aerospace engineering to develop connections between then business community and life cycle analysis expertise
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Wilson, Andrew (Co-investigator)
07-Jan-2021 - 06-Jan-2024
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP - University of Strathclyde) | Wilson, Andrew
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Maddock, Christie (Co-investigator) Wilson, Andrew (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 13-Jan-2020

More projects


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
James Weir

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