Graduate Student Recruitment and Open Positions (27 June 2017):
- At this time I do not have any open MASc, PhD or PDF positions, however, I am anticipating funding for several potential MASc positions starting in Fall and Winter 2017. The potential project involves:
- Design and development of improved fixed and rotary wing UAVs,
- Integration and flight testing of novel sensors provided by industrial partners,
- Close collaboration with academic partners in Eastern and Western Canada,
- Several off-campus flight testing and field work opportunities.
- Skills required:
- Documented hands on ground or aerial robotic experience (e.g. clubs , competitions, Capstone projects),
- Very strong English communication skills (written and oral),
- Supervisory or experience training and supervising junior students,
- Previous field work experience would be an asset.
- I will consider applications from students with degrees other than Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering if they have appropriate experience.
- If this anticipatory opportunity is of interest please contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org); however, note that my spam filter blocks gmail, hotmail, yahoo and similar accounts from anyone I do not already know. Please use an official email account from your current academic institution.
- If you are interested in graduate studies at Carleton please read this before you send your resume or CV.
Teaching responsibilities (as of December 2016):
- Next NAV CANADA/Carleton UAV Short Course – October 2017 – contact me for more information.
- Fall 2017 – Composite Materials (AERO 4608)
- Winter 2018 – Aerospace Design and Practice (AERO 3002)
- Fall 2017 Uninhabited Aircraft Systems (NEW MECH 5808)
- Fall 2017/Winter 2018 – Project Manager and Lead Engineer for the Fixed Wing Aircraft Design Capstone Project (MAAE 4907A)
Administrative responsibilities and Professional Affiliations (as of June 2017):
- Director of Carleton Aerospace
- Member of the Scientific Committee of CRIAQ/CARIC
- Licensed Ontario Professional Engineer
- Member of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute and American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics
- Member of Unmanned Systems Canada
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Office telephone: 613-520-2600×1128, Room: 4311CB (new)
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Current and Past Research Partners and Sponsors:
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Mitacs, CRIAQ, Molson Foundation, Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund
- National Research Council Canada, Transport Canada, Natural Resources Canada
- Sander Geophysics Ltd., Bombardier Aerospace, L3-MAS, Delastek, Brican Flight Systems, ING Robotic Aviation, General Dynamics-Mission Systems, Romaeris, Ottawa Aviation Services, Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, NAV CANADA, GEM Systems
- Delft University of Technology, McGill University, Université de Moncton, Ecole Polytechnique, Algonquin College, Clarkson University
My research focuses on novel aircraft structures, composite materials and hybrids and next generation air vehicle concepts (e.g. UAVs and MAVs).
Most recently I have worked on durability and damage tolerance of composite and hybrid materials, the design of novel UAVs and additive manufacturing.
From 2001 to 2008 I was a Research Officer with the Structures Group and then the Composites and Novel Airframe Materials (CANAM) Group of the National Research Council Institute for Aerospace Research (NRC-IAR). For the last few months of my time at NRC I had the opportunity to lead the Composites Team within the CANAM Group. During this time I continued my research on FMLs, conceiving and leading an in-house project entitled Advanced Processing for FMLs in which we developed improved processing methods to reduce residual stresses in the laminates to improve fatigue life. My colleagues on this project also worked on the development of new non-destructive inspection methods and an improved fracture mechanics model for FMLs. During this time I have also led or co-led several large projects on next generation composite primary structures for aircraft with a number of Canadian OEMs including the Bonded Wing Survivability Demonstration with Bell Helicopter Textron, DRDC-Valcartier, Concordia, Ecole Polytechnique, IAR-AMTC, TPC, CRIAQ and Pratt and Whitney Canada.
During this time my other main activity area was the study of uninhabited aerial vehicle (UAV) structures. This has included work on full size vehicles and also on biomimetic structures for MAVs with Dr. Marcias Martinez (NRC), Prof. Jeff Dawson (Carleton) and Ms. Katharina Schnackenburg.
From 1998 to 2001 I was a guest worker at the NRC-IAR while I completed my PhD work and supported other activities mainly with Bombardier Aerospace on the testing and qualification of hybrid fibre metal laminates (FMLs). My doctoral research was on the experimental and numerical investigation of low-velocity impact damage in fibre-metal laminates (FMLs).
In 2005-2007 I served on the organizing committee for the Inaugural UVS Canada Student UAV Competition. I was Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair with Ms. Laura Petrescue for the 4th Canadian-International Composites Conference (CANCOM 2003) held in Ottawa in August 2003. I was also a conference volunteer for CANCOM 2001 in Montreal. Over the years, I have served as a session developer for a number of other CANCOM and CASI conferences. From 2006 to 2008 I was the Canadian Air Force representative on The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) Polymer Composites Panel (MAT-TP-7). From 2006 to 2008 I was an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University.