Born in Bucharest, Romania, Luize graduated in 1982 from the Bucharest Polytechnic Institute (now Bucharest University) – Faculty of Aerospace, with the Engineer Diploma. She worked for INCREST – the National Research Institute in Bucharest until 1994 as an aerospace engineer. In 1992 she completed a post graduate certificate in Management and Administration of an Aeronautical Enterprise from ESC – Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Toulouse, France, following a scholarship granted by GIFAS. In 1994 she immigrated to Canada, working first for Pratt and Whitney Canada and then for the Canadian government as an aviation regulatory authority. She also worked for EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) in Cologne, Germany, and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation in Nagoya, Japan. Presently she is working for Transport Canada as an Aircraft Certification Engineer. She has been a regulatory authority in civil aviation for more than 20 years.
Executive Vice-President Sales & Marketing
Holding an Engineering degree in Electronics and Computer Science from a famous french engineering school, Noel Ballot, Executive Vice-President Sales & Marketing at Safran Data Systems, has been involved for more than 30 years in the AeroSpace & Defense Industry.
Noel started his career as a specialist in Modal Analysis and Vibration Control systems, where he had the opportunity to spend close to 5 years in the USA working on major Test Ranges for testing major Aircrafts, Helicopters, launch vehicles and missile programs since late 80’s.
With an interest in avionics systems, Noel has been involved in designing Mission Computers and Signal Processing systems on many international AeroDefense programs.
After coming back in Flight Test in 1999 as a co-founder of an american company focusing into ground Flight Test Telemetry, Noel joined Safran Data Systems at the end of 2004 for promoting airborne and ground Flight Test equipment and Space Ground equipment worldwide, actively promoting new technologies and standards in the community in order to improve efficiency and safety while performing the tests.
R&D Technical Fellow
Brett Muehlhauser is a Research and Development Technical Fellow at NSI working to continue advancements in Digital Radiography (DR) and Computed Tomography (CT) technologies and applications. Brett has been with NSI for 20 years performing R&D, applications engineering, writing DR and CT training curriculum and teaching these courses to a global audience. Prior to coming to NSI, Brett worked in the aerospace industry for 15 years performing product development, failure analysis and product evaluations. He has been an ASNT and NAS 410 Level 3 for the last 35 years and been actively involved in the development of ASTM standards for Computed Tomography and Digital Radiography.
Team Lead Aeroelastic System Identification
DLR - German Aerospace Centre
Dr. Yves Govers joined the German Aerospace Center in 2005. He is currently deputy head of the structural dynamics and system identification department at the institute of aeroelasticity in Göttingen. Throughout his career he led several test campaigns such as the helicopter shake test on Airbus H145 and the aircraft ground vibration test on Airbus A350-900, A320 Neo or the world record plane Solar Impulse. Govers and his team are currently working on real time system identification methods for flight testing to support flight flutter tests and for the development of demonstrators exploring flutter suppression techniques.
Lieutenant Colonel Joshua A. Burger
United States Airforce
Lt Col Joshua A. Burger serves as Program Manager for the VC-25B Air Vehicle, VC-25B Division, Presidential & Executive Airlift Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He leads the Flight Systems, Survivability, and Interiors Integrated Product Teams, executing the ACAT 1D program to design, modify, test, field and sustain two Presidential mission-ready aircraft to serve as the next “Air Force One” providing worldwide airlift support to the President of the United States.
Prior to this assignment, Lt Col Burger served as the Executive Officer to the Military Deputy to the Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, The Pentagon, Washington DC. In this position, he was the primary advisor to the Air Force’s senior military acquisition official and provided timely and accurate advice through engagements with staff personnel from Headquarters Air Force, Department of the Navy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress, industry, and the media concerning matters related to 450 Air Force Acquisition programs valued at 460 billion dollars.
Lt Col Burger received his commission through the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School in 2005. He has served as an acquisition officer and developmental engineer across a variety of acquisition, systems engineering, and staff positions.
Damien is a highly professional and experienced senior systems engineer in the defence industry with over 16 years experience in being a leader of multidisciplinary teams, technical engineering and senior management, programme and project management, systems engineering full lifecycle, aerospace avionics engineering (MAA and CAA), and electrical/electronics engineering.
He holds extensive experience on some of the most advanced defence platforms from; Boeing, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Leonardo's on aeronautical avionics systems (Rotary and Fixed wing) to maritime sonar systems (Submarines and Surface Ships), including experience in weapon systems, electronic warfare and communications (SATCOM, HF, VHF, UHF) for aircraft systems and ground battlefield troops.
His other interests lie in advanced technology and space systems engineering which also sees him conducting university space projects for competitions alongside highly respectful U.K. space companies.
Sandro Di Natale
Product and Application Manager Test & Measurement
Global Chief of Test Facilities Engineering
Aerospace Structures Manager
Southwest Research Institute
Mr. Wieland has over 35 years of experience with aerospace structures. Upon graduating from the University of Illinois in 1985 with a degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force (USAF). He joined Southwest Research in 1989. Over his career he has been actively involved with a wide variety of structural tests, including component and full-scale static and fatigue tests, and flight test. He has extensive expertise with the USAF Aircraft Structural Integrity Program, structural life extension programs and recertifying ageing aircraft for continued service.
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Chief Flying Instructor
Dr. Royston Jones
Dr. Royston Jones is the Global CTO of Altair and Managing Director of Altair’s operation in the United Kingdom & Ireland. For over thirty years, Dr Jones has been involved in the application of CAE methods to produce design innovation. Dr Jones received a BSc., MSc. and PhD in Civil Engineering at University College Swansea. Dr Jones has published over forty technical papers and is a Visiting Professor in Structural Optimization at both the Universities of Swansea & Leeds and in 1996 was directly elected to Fellow at both the Institution of Civil (FICE) and Mechanical (FIMechE) Engineers.
Flight Test Specialist
Predict AOG Inc
DERS GROUP/FAA Delegated Aviation Engineering
Dr Temoc Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Chief Engineer – Power Electronics, Machines, and Drives
Dr. Temoc Rodriguez obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He has worked in several industries from automotive, oil and gas, industrial to aerospace in the area of power electronics and control systems design. He is currently a Chief Engineer on electric propulsion systems at Ricardo. Prior to this appointment he worked at Ultra Electronics where he led teams to deliver engineering solutions to customers, including Airbus, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Gulfstream, Embraer, and Mitsubishi.
Dr Richard White
Principal Consultant Materials
With over thirty years of experience working with ceramic and mineral based solutions across a range of applications. Much of his work has been around solving problems associated with the use and manufacture of ceramics. Richard’s current role as Principal Consultant Materials enables him to assist projects and teams across the group and support client challenges across many industries.
As a highly experienced Geologist, Richard holds a Degree in Geochemistry and a Geology PhD. He is a chartered scientist (CSci) a fellow of the Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining (FiMMM), a council member and current President of the Western Institute of Mining and Minerals of IoM3 and a MIRefEng (Member of the Institute of Refractory Engineers).
Global Practice Leader - Aerospace & Defence
Frost & Sullivan
Dr. Nigel Moss
Aerospace Sector Manager at the Health and Safety Executive
HSE Science and Research Centre
Test Engineer & Project Manager
Pratt & Whitney
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Stephen started his working career as a scientist working at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, primarily building and operating large pieces of scientific infrastructure, but also working as a visiting professor at University College London.
In 2011 he founded Cella Energy to make hydrogen storage materials and develop the lightweight power systems that use the materials. The company had collaborations in the aerospace and automotive and defence sectors. During that time he raised around $10m from: High Net Worth, Strategic and Venture Capital Investors.
Since leaving Cella he has been running a consultancy business called Krino Partners, which works with SME and UK university technology transfer offices to provide interim management and the expertise needed to find the funding and establish new technology businesses.
In April 2019 he set up a new business called Q5D Technologies which uses robotic tools automate the addition of electrical function in the automotive, aerospace and other sectors. He recently raised seed funding and is busy growing the company.
Dr. Evans Mogire
EMEA Technologies and Laboratory Manager
Dr. Mogire currently holds the position of EMEA Technologies and laboratory manager at Buehler based at one of our world-wide solution centres in Coventry, United kingdom. Evans and his team in Germany and France, provides consultative and technical support on various materials preparation, testing and analysis requirements for customers across Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa markets. Evans also holds a visiting academic position with the University of Warwick supporting academic and research activities within Warwick manufacturing group (WMG), University of Warwick, on Steels, additive manufacturing, composites, batteries materials among others. Evans is also an active member of IOM3 structure and properties of materials committee, a fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) and a technical member of ISO standards organisation (BSI) for indentation hardness testing.
Dr. Rashid Ali
Rashid Ali has many years of Industrial and academic teaching experience. Has worked as a consultant for many blue collar companies in automation and process control. His teaching experience is both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He strongly believes in enriching the student experience by adopting a holistic approach to teaching and learning, where experiential learning and research plays a pivotal role. He employes Project/Problem based learning in delivering Aerospace Curriculum. Over the last 12 years. Rashid Ali has built up research interests in the area of Autonomous Systems, he was e member of the Autonomy NTC, was a founding member of the Committee of the IMechE, which oversees a UAS competition in the UK. Aircraft Design and Application of control theory to UAS applications is the principal focus of research. He is presently involved in the following areas: - Implementation of a modified robust Kalman Filter for UAV flight control applications on DSP. - Propeller trailing edge noise reduction UAS Applications - Active configurable hybrid capacitor as energy storage element for UAS - Active PITCH Control Vertical Wind Turbines - Fuel Cell Design for High Altitude UAS Operation - Energy Recovery during Landing Phase of Flight Operation
Test Pilot Instructor
Geoff Connolly is in his 53rd flying year. He began flying with the RAFVR with the University of London Air Squadron, he later joined the RAF and was an operational helicopter pilot before becoming a flying instructor, and then graduating from the 1986 Class at the Empire Test Pilots School.
Following several years as a military test pilot at MoD Boscombe Down, Geoff joined Bristow Helicopters as Deputy Company Test Pilot, initially with a 'day-job' as an aeroplane and helicopter instructor, teaching student commercial pilots: around which was fitted some flight test project and evaluation work. Gradually assuming a more active test flying role, he progressed to become the company's Flight Test Manager and its Head of Flying for the UK MoD. He also spent a period as part of a joint-venture project team, working on a major collaborative public-private contract initiative: the UK Defence Helicopter Flying School. Amongst other facets of work in this role, he oversaw and flight-tested the modifications and civil/military certification for militarised versions of a fleet of 50 aircraft, for single- and multi-engine training. Latterly he was also the Bristow Company Flight Safety Officer, carrying out investigations and supervising a safety database for worldwide operations. During this period he flew part-time with a police air support unit. In 1999 Geoff took a step away from increasing management duties and returned to full-time flying, as a Civil Servant with the Metropolitan Police, before setting up his Flight Test consultancy, working for a number of Part-21 companies, and returning to Bristow as a Consultant Test Pilot in 2002.
He is EASA and Transport Canada (TC) Compliance Manager, and a visiting Flight Test Instructor, at the International Test Pilot School in Canada, and remains a Compliance Verification Engineer (Flight Test) for Bristow's EASA Part-21 approval. Geoff has led the Safety Audit Team for each Farnborough International Airshow since 2010, and was contracted to do so again for the cancelled 2020 show.
Geoff has over 11,000 hours flying experience, gained on over 80 types of helicopters and aeroplanes. He holds UK ATPL (H) and CPL (A) pilot licences, and a TC CPL (H). A highly experienced instructor on light aeroplanes and helicopters, he retired in 2019, from his role for 15 years as an EASA/UK Flight Examiner and Type Rating Examiner for Helicopters. He also has 9 years’ experience as a Flight Test Instructor.
Geoff is an Associate Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, an Upper Freeman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, and an Associate Member of the British Helicopter Association.
Geoff previously served as a member of the UK Flight Safety Committee and of the UK Airprox Board. He currently serves on the BHA/CAA Onshore Committees, and the Air Pilots International Technical Forum (previously the Technical Committee). He is the Regional Safety Officer (London and South East) for the General Aviation Safety Council, and in this volunteering role helps present CAA-sponsored Safety Evenings at airfields and flying clubs. He is in current flying practice on helicopters and light aeroplanes.
Sarah is a materials scientist at Renishaw plc., providing materials consultancy and analysis for materials selection, product returns and materials technologies for all of Renishaw’s product divisions. Sarah's research background is in material science and engineering in atmospheric corrosion using high speed synchrotron tomography to understand and visualise growth kinetics
Nabil Iben Sobih
Lead Propulsion Engineer
Engineering Director Air & Space
Nick joined QinetiQ’s predecessor (A&AEE) in 1993 and graduated from ETPS in 1997 as a Flight Test Engineer (MAA Class A). Nick was UK Flight Test Engineer on the Boeing X-32, Experimental Joint Strike Fighter and led the production of first Release-to-Service of the Eurofighter Typhoon. More recently Nick was instrumental in leading the introduction of the Test Aircrew Training programme which modernised and enhanced the training of Flight Test Professionals at ETPS.
Prof. Dragos Axinte
Professor and Chair of Manufacturing Engineering
University of Nottingham
Dragos Axinte is Professor and Chair of Manufacturing Engineering and Director of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology at University of Nottingham. Dragos is an active researcher in the areas of machining technologies and machine tools from where he developed an interest in developing robotic systems for in-situ repair of large and crammed industrial systems.
After the completion of his PhD and ten years in R&D in industry, Dragos was recipient of two NATO Advanced Research Fellowships in Italy and Denmark. He then, moved to the University of Birmingham to carry out research in high speed machining. Since 2001 he has been working at the University of Nottingham in the field of advanced machining operations and specialist robotic systems. Relevant to this event, he has expertise on continuum robots and parallel kinematic robotic systems used for in-situ repair and maintenance in hazardous and difficult-to-access workspaces such as, gas turbine engines, nuclear, off-shore installations.
Professor Axinte has currently in his research portfolio projects supported by various funding agencies (Horizon 2020, EPSRC, Innovate UK, ATI, industry). He has over 200 journal publications, 22 patents and he was the recipient of Rolls-Royce Innovation Award (2011) and Best Patent Award (2012). Dragos is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, and Fellow of the International Academy of Production Engineering (FCIRP).
Product Line Manager for Data Acquisition
Patrick joined Acra Controls in 2006, later acquired by Curtiss-Wright, where he spent 5 years in the Design Verification Department before moving to Applications and Support, he is now the Product Line Manager for Data Acquisition, looking over the data acquisition product lines in the Newtown and Dublin Business Units.