Current Students

Ammar Jessa, (MASc)
Research: Small Rotor Testing

Ammar is testing small rotors in the wind-tunnel in order to develop scaling relationships. Although such scaling laws exist for propellers, it is a bit more complex for rotors that can have non-axial inflows.

Joel McQuaid, (MASc)
Research: Quadrotor CFD

Joel is using high-performance computing resources to explore the aerodynamics of small rotors during descending flight (vortex-ring state).

Devin Barcelos, (MASc January 2018), now PhD
Research: Multirotor AerodynamicsIMAG0830

After completing an undergraduate thesis project with the intent of improving the flow quality of Ryerson’s large, low-speed wind tunnel, I am continuing working in this facility. The current project is about testing propeller and rotors for small drones.

Michael Melville, (MASc January 2018), now PhD
Research: Flexible Wings in Gusts

My research focuses on the fluid-structure interactions of highly flexible aircraft wings and how these interactions affect flight performance. The main goal of this research is to investigate how tailoring of the wing structural and mass properties can be used to maximize performance gains in flight, specifically when applied to high-performance sailplanes. The trends developed from this research will help in furthering advanced design techniques among low-speed aircraft.

Travis Krebs, PhD Student

Research: Wingtip Devices for Sailplanes

With my research I am exploring advance potential flow methods that allow modelling of complex flow fields, for example of wings or rotors. One of the applications that I use that method for is to look at wingtip devices. In particular, I am interested in getting a better understanding of split wingtips, similar to those observed on birds. My research on the application on high-performance sailplanes. With the help of advanced computational prediction methods and optimization algorithms I try to get insight of such devices and expand on the learned experience.

Nafisa Nafees, Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering Candidate

Research: Kite  Foiling

Nafisa is studying the design of foils that kite-foilers use. Check out this video about kite foiling.

Dylan Krcmarov, Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering Candidate

Research: Data Acquisition SystemP1010128

I am a currently a member of the Ryerson Aero Design (RAD) team and have been involved in a few other student teams and engineering competitions in the past. I’m also interested in pursuing further studies in either aircraft design or propulsion after completing my undergraduate degree.

Yichuan (Charlie) Wang, Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering Candidate
Research: Wind Tunnel TestingP1010129

I  have always had a huge interest in aviation, therefore I am currently and have previously been a member of a few student design teams such as RAD. I hope to further increase my knowledge of aerospace and related fields, both as an interest and and studies. In the near future, I hope to obtain my private aviation license.