Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
Institut aéronautique et spatial du Canada
CASI President's Talk 2023
CASI: A Lifelong Adventure
Jeff Bird, CASI Ottawa
Omer Majeed, CASI Ottawa
Carleton University Mechanical and Aerospace Society
Room ME3380 - Mackenzie Building
Come and hear Col. (ret'd) Al Conrad recount important lessons learned during a storied adventure through engineering and the aerospace community, where education, experience and teamwork make all the difference!
See how and why CASI and other traditional and evolving aspects of our community can make your participation valuable and rewarding.
Col. Allen Conrad
Al Conrad graduated from Collège Militaire Royale de St Jean in 1971 with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and physics and then completed a Master of Science degree in theoretical physics at the University of Toronto. During his 34-year career in the Royal Canadian Air Force he conducted flight tests of CF104 and CF-5 aircraft at the Aerospace Engineering and Test Establishment (AETE) in Cold Lake Alberta, later becoming the Senior Flight Test Engineer at AETE. He also served in the CF-18 project office with responsibilities for armament systems and flight tests. Later, as a staff officer in the Defence Research and Development headquarters he directed a portfolio of airborne antisubmarine warfare R&D projects. In the 1990’s he was the director responsible for life-cycle support and systems development for five fleets of RCAF aircraft; served as the Superintendent of the Quality Engineering Test Establishment (QETE); and, in 1998, was appointed Program Manager for the highly successful Department of National Defence Y2K program.
Since his retirement from the military in 2000, Al has been a consultant, an Assistant Professor at the Royal Military College in Kingston and an executive at Lockheed-Martin Canada. From 2005 to 2018 Al worked in Ottawa as Vice-President Government Affairs and Business Development for IMP Aerospace & Defence. During that time, Al was a member of several Aerospace Industry Association of Canada (AIAC) committees encompassing aerospace and space interests and was also a member of a committee of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI). Finally, Al joined the staff of the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University as Research Development Advisor to the Dean in December 2018, completing his employment term in February 2020. Al is a member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers, a member of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, and an Associate Fellow of CASI.
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