Alexander Gratch, born in 2000 in Llinars del Vallès, Spain, completed his BSc in Aerospace Vehicles Engineering at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in July 2021. His undergraduate project centered on optimizing wingtips and vortex generators for Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) aircraft. Subsequently, he pursued an MSc in Aerospace Engineering at the same university, specializing in numerical methods for structural, aerodynamic, and aeroelastic problems, completing his degree in July 2023. For his master’s thesis, titled “Numerical Simulation of a New Generation of Boundary Layer Sensors,” Alexander used open-source CFD software to comprehend fluid behavior, providing valuable insights for future technologies in the field.
Currently, Alexander is a first-year MSCA PhD Fellow in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, affiliated with the TRACES Doctoral Network as DR4. His research focuses on numerically investigating ice and snow accretion phenomena and performance degradation in Urban Air Mobility (UAM) systems.