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Royal Military College of Canada


Principal Investigator

Prof. Ruben E. Perez

Prof. Ruben E. Perez

Dr. Perez, P.Eng., is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Royal Military College of Canada and director of the Aircraft Design Lab. He received his B.Eng. in Aerospace from Ryerson University in 2000, M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering both from University of Toronto in 2001 and 2007 respectively. Dr. Perez also has industrial experience working for Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal.

E-Mail: Ruben.Perez@rmc.ca

Graduate Students

Doctoral Students

Peter W. Jansen

Peter Jansen

Peter received his Bachelors of Engineering (Aerospace) from Carleton University in 2006 and his Masters of Applied Science from the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies in 2009. Previous research includes aerostructural optimization of nonplanar lifting surface configurations, an augmented Lagrangian particle swarm optimizer (pyALPSO) and pyOpt an open-source optimization framework. He is currently pursuing his Ph. D. studies in Coupled Optimization of Aircraft Family Design and Fleet Assignment.

E-Mail: Peter.Jansen@rmc.ca

Stephen Andrews

Stephen Andrews

Stephen obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 2007. He obtained a Master of Science in 2009 in Aeronautical Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada, working in conjunction with the Gas Turbine Lab at the National Research Council of Canada. Between 2009 and 2011, Stephen worked at MDS Aero Support Corporation in Ottawa, Ontario as an aerodynamicist, working on the the design of gas turbine testing facilities. Stephen’s current resarch focuses on Design and Optimization of Non-Planar Lifting Surface Aircraft Configurations.

E-Mail: Stephen.Andrews@rmc.ca

Masters Students

Major Thomas R. Connerty

Maj Connerty

Tom received his Bachelors of Engineering (Mechanical) from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2002. He also graduated top of his class from the Empire Test Pilots’ School in 2006 as a qualified Flight Test Engineer (FTE) with a specialization in Rotary Wing platforms. He worked as an experimental FTE for over four years at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) in Cold Lake, Alberta. He is currently pursuing his Masters’ of Applied Science in Trajectory Optimization and Control Development for Autonomous Soaring.

E-Mail: Thomas.Connerty@rmc.ca

Summer Students

Benjamin Blake

Benjamin Blake

Ben obtained his Bachelors of Engineering with Concentration in Aeronautics from McGill University in 2013. During the summer he will be working on pyACDT expanding the geometric and aerodynamic modules capability. At the end of the summer Ben will be heading to Stanford University were he will pursuing a Masters’ of Applied Science in their Aerospace Engineering Department.

E-Mail: Benjamin.Blake@rmc.ca

Nicolas Purdie

Nicolas Purdie

Nick will be working supporting different unammed aerial vehicle research activities. At the end of the summer Nick will be heading to McGill University were he will pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree.

E-Mail: Nicolas.Purdie@rmc.ca


Master Thesis Students

  • Yasaman Saeedi, Graduated 2011, M.A.Sc, Co-Supervised with Prof. Hugh H.T. Liu, Robustness Analysis of Simultaneous Stabilization and its Applications in Flight Control
  • Ryan Henderson, Graduated 2009, M.A.Sc, Co-Supervised with Prof. Joaquim R.R.A. Martins, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization of Airframe and Engine for Emissions Reduction, Present position: Advanced Design Department, Bombardier Aerospace
  • Peter Jansen, Graduated 2008, M.A.Sc, Co-Supervised with Prof. Joaquim R.R.A. Martins, Aerostructural Optimization of Non Planar Lifting Surfaces, Present position: Ph.D. Student RMC Advanced Aircraft Design Lab

Research Assistants

  • Benjamin Yan, Research Assistant, 2011-2012,
  • Robert Edwards, Research Assistant, 2011-2012,
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