Prof. Laliberté’s Research Group

Graduate Student Positions (as of October 2019)

*NEW* I have an immediate vacancy for an MASc (Materials, Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering) student to work on a funded aerospace materials project with a Canadian industrial partner.  Candidates must have experience in material testing and characterization, microscopy and finite element modelling.  Priority will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents.  Students must be able to start in January or May 2020.

*NEW*  In July 2019 we were awarded NSERC CREATE funding to establish the Uninhabited aircraft systems Training, Innovation and Leadership Initiative (UTILI) with our partners at ETS, University of Ottawa, Universite de Sherbrooke, and Queen’s University.  There are ongoing recruitment opportunities in this program for very strong Masters and PhD students in disciplines wich as Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical and Systems Engineering as well as Geology, Earth Science and Geography.  We also have industrial internships and other training opportunities for students accepted into the program.  Interested students should have some prior experience with UAS/RPAS/UAV, remote sensing or related topics.

Teaching responsibilities (2019/2020):

  • Fall 2019/Winter 2020 – MAAE 4907A Uninhabited Aircraft System Design Capstone Project
  • Fall 2019 – AERO 4608 Composite Materials
  • Winter 2020 – AERO 3002 Aerospace Design and Practice
  • Winter 2020 (expected) ( – NAV CANADA/Carleton/OAS Professional Course on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems – contact me for more information.

Administrative responsibilities and Professional Affiliations (as of October 2019):

Contact information:

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa ON K1S 5B6
Office telephone: 613-520-2600×1128, Room: 4311CB
Twitter:  @aeroprof
Google Scholar: Citation and publication listing

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, NAV 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, Tyto Robotics
  • 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, next-generation air vehicle concepts (e.g. UAVs and MAVs) and lightweight transport structures.  Most recently I have worked on durability and damage tolerance of composite and hybrid materials, the design of novel UAVs,  aerospace additive manufacturing, and lightweight freight railcars.  I supervise a group of 4 MASc and 6 PhD students (as of  May 2019) working on these and other topics.  I also teach courses in Composite Materials, Aircraft Design, and Uninhabited Aircraft Systems.

Prior to joining Carleton in 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 Aerospace Research Centre. 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.

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).

From 2005-2013 I served on the organizing committee for the 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 including Chair of the Aerospace Structures and Materials Symposium of the CASI AERO conference. 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.

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