I am going on sabbatical until Summer 2022. As such I may be out of email contact for periods of time and I may not respond to non-urgent messages quickly.
Open Positions (as of July 2021)
*JULY 2021* I am seeking a full-time postdoctoral researcher/research assistant (12-16 month contract) with experience in the measurement of public opinion and perceptions of advanced technology. For more information, please contact me directly.
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, UQO, and Queen’s University.
There are ongoing recruitment opportunities in this program for very strong (e.g. GPA A- or better) Masters and PhD students in disciplines such as Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical and Systems Engineering as well as Geology, Earth Science and Geography. We also have mandatory 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 (2021-2022):
- Note that I will on sabbatical until Summer 2022 and as such I will not be teaching any university courses until September 2022.
Administrative responsibilities and Professional Affiliations (as of June 2021):
- Director of the NSERC CREATE UTILI Training Program
- Director of Carleton Aerospace
- 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
1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa ON K1S 5B6
Office telephone: 613-520-2600×1128, Room: 4311CB
Email: email@example.com (working from home due to COVID-19 until further notice – please use email)
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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, NAV Canada
- Sander Geophysics Ltd., Bombardier Aerospace, L3-MAS, Delastek, Brican Flight Systems, ING Robotic Aviation, General Dynamics-Mission Systems, Romaeris, Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, GEM Systems, Tyto Robotics/RC Benchmark, Sky Canoe
- Delft University of Technology, McGill University, Université de Moncton, Ecole Polytechnique, Algonquin College, Clarkson University, ETS, Universite de Sherbrooke, University of Ottawa, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Limerick Institute of Technology
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 6 MASc and 5 PhD students (as of January 2020) 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.