Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
Institut aéronautique et spatial du Canada
CASI offers its members the opportunity to affiliate with one of several interest groups within the Institute, called Sections. These are Aerodynamics, Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies, Aerospace Structures and Materials, Aircraft Design and Development, Astronautics, Flight Test & Flight Operations, Human Factors and Propulsion. Each has a Chair and a small executive responsible for organizing the activities of the Section.
The principal activity of a Section is to organize its participation in the appropriate biannual conference – the CASI ASTRO Conference for the Astronautics Section, and our AERO Conference for the other seven Sections. A Section may also cater to the interests of its members by organizing meetings, workshops, social events etc.
Every Section is dedicated to advancement of the art, science, technologies and applications of aerodynamics, through:
The Section Chair has two principal responsibilities: to lead the participation of the Section in the relevant conference, and to coordinate other Section activities. The normal term (renewable once) for a Chair is two years.
The incumbent has a seat on the governing body of CASI (our ‘Board’) called the Council. The level of effort expected of the Chair is 3-5 hours per month.
If you would like to get involved in a Section executive role, please get in touch with CASI HQ. We’ll be happy to provide you with more information.
View the Terms of Reference for Sections
Chair: François Bisson | Airbus
Section topics cover all areas related to external and internal, steady and unsteady aerodynamics including:
The G.N. Patterson Award will be presented for the best paper within the Aerodynamics Symposium of AERO 2019 with a graduate or undergraduate student as lead author. Students must indicate their status and affiliation. Co-authors must provide a statement indicating their level of contribution and that of the student.
The Aerodynamics Forum is open to all CASI Members.
Chair: Dr. Behnam Ashrafi |Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Centre | National Research Council Canada
Co-Chair: Dr. Javad Gholipour | Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Centre | National Research Council Canada
Section topics cover all areas related to the manufacturing of aerostructures and aero engines, including:
The Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies Forum is open to all CASI Members.
Chair: Mr. Javad Gholipour Baradari, MCASI
The success of the Canadian aerospace industry has been based on imaginative application of existing and emerging technologies, international collaboration, and innovative management of design, manufacture, and life cycle support. Sustainability has become a key driver in the development of aerospace structures and materials.
Section topics cover all areas related to aircraft structures and materials, UAV/UAS and space systems including relevant aspects of landing gear and propulsion systems:
The Aerospace Structures & Materials Forum is open to all CASI Members.
Chair: Ruxandra Botez | Professor of Automated Production Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Aircraft Modeling and Simulation Technologies | Research Laboratory in Active Controls, Avionics and Aeroservoelasticity (LARCASE) | École de technologie supérieure, Montreal
Section topics cover all areas related to aircraft design, development and certification including:
The Aircraft Design & Development Forum is open to all CASI Members.
We are looking for a new ASTRO Section Chair. If you are interested, please see the newsletter.
Chair: Christian Lange | Deputy, Exploration Strategic Planning, Space Exploration | Canadian Space Agency/Government of Canada, Montreal
Section topics cover all areas related to astronautics including:
The J. Saber Award will be presented for the best oral or interactive presentation by any author, and the CASI Best Student Paper Award will recognize the best oral or interactive presentation by a student.
The Astronautics Forum is open to all CASI Members.
Chair: Malcolm Imray | Team Leader – Aircraft Support Group | National Research Council
Section topics include atmospheric and space flight testing and operations reflecting the integration of technology elements covered in depth by other CASI technical sections but focusing on the operations aspects of the flight vehicle. Examples include:
Those interested in the Section are encouraged to contact the Section Chair.
The Flight Test & Flight Operations Forum is open to all CASI Members.
Chair: Philippe Doyon-Poulin | Engineer, human factors, Human factors – Flight deck design | Bombardier Aéronautique
Our understanding of interactions among humans and technical elements of aviation systems has progressed considerably in recent years, especially in the areas of theories, data acquisition, and methodologies to decrease both manifest and latent human errors and to enhance overall aviation system performance.
Section topics cover all areas related to relevant to the human factor aspects of aviation systems, including:
- error reduction strategies
- the central design process
- the design of simulation environments
- new technologies: RNAV, VNAV, GLS, EFB, enhanced vision, heads-up displays
- considerations in maintenance error reduction
- the regulatory process: a manufacturer’s perspective
- materials design and manufacturing
- modeling, simulation, and risk management
- fatigue management
- aviation accident investigations
- situational awareness
The Human Factors & Training Forum is open to all CASI Members.
Chair: James Crone | Senior Manager Business Development | Military and Special Programs | Pratt & Whitney Canada, Montreal
The success of the Canadian aerospace sector depends on imaginative application of existing and emerging technologies, international collaboration and innovative management of design, manufacturing and life cycle support.
Section topics cover all areas related to aircraft propulsion technologies including:
- combustion, aerodynamics, controls
- rocket and high-speed applications
The Propulsion Forum is open to all CASI Members.