Hello and welcome to the home page for the 5th Cranfield Aerospace Research Student Conference (CARSC21).

CARSC21 is the Aerospace theme’s annual opportunity to showcase the research ongoing within its research student cohort and more generally within the theme. It is an important part of the Aerospace theme’s Cranfield Doctoral Network activities that contributes to our research environment. The event is open to all those in the Aerospace theme: academics and other staff, research students and master's students.

What has now become an annual event in Cranfield’s Aerospace theme calendar normally occurs as a two-day face-to-face conference in July. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to change our approach again for this year, but only slightly.

We have gone back to the normal two-day event but have decided to have the event online only and hosted on Zoom. The event will take place on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 July 2021 from 09:30 to around 17:00. The Zoom meeting links for the two days are:

Day 1 – Wednesday 7 July 2021
Meeting URL
Meeting ID: 860 5598 3657
Passcode: 218414

Day 2 – Thursday 8 July 2021
Meeting URL
Meeting ID: 815 1364 8692
Passcode: 280405

The format of the event builds upon that of 2020. Highlights this year include:

  • Four external plenary speakers:
  • Chris Courtney, Innovate UK – title: Aerospace Manufacturing Made Smarter
  • Dwayne Lucas, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada – title: Criticality of Aerospace Today and in the Future
  • Paul Harris, Rolls-Royce – title: The Future of Aero Propulsion
  • Fassi Kafyeke, Bombardier Aviation – title: Challenges and Opportunities in Business Aviation
  • Two plenary discussions panels – topics of 'Sustainability' and 'The Aero Exec'
  • Nominated research student presentations from each of the Aerospace theme centres
  • Annual research report updates from each of the Aerospace theme centres (new for 2021)

Download the event programme

Further details about the plenary speakers

Chris Courtney
Further details to be added.

Professor Paul Harris
Position: Chief of Technology - Intelligent Optimised Systems, Rolls-Royce Plc.
Presentation title: The Future of Aero Propulsion.
Presentation content: Rolls-Royce has three key areas of focus for future civil aero propulsion, these are: continue to improve the gas turbine, support use on drop in SAFs and develop radical alternatives such as electrification and hydrogen, the presentation summarises some of the current activity.
Speaker background: Paul Harris has been in a number of engineering and leadership roles in Rolls-Royce for the past 36 years. Much of his career has focused on developing new control systems for products starting with the Pegasus/Adour for the Harrier/Hawk to the latest Ultrafan engine. He currently leads the Intelligent Optimised systems portfolio of Civil aerospace R&T and is also a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University.

Dwayne Lucas
Position: VP Special Projects, Aerospace Association of Canada (AIAC).
Presentation title: Snapshot on Canadian Aerospace Industry and Cranfield - Transformational Impact.
Presentation content: The presentation will provide a snapshot on Canadian Aerospace as it is up and thriving with $2b allocated for innovation from the federal government. This will be followed by perspectives on the knowledge that the speaker gained whilst studying at Cranfield - this was transformational for his aerospace career, as he is confident it will be for current research and master's students at Cranfield.
Speaker background: Almost 50 years in aerospace with a successful RCAF career retiring as COS Support and Training and Director General Aerospace Equipment. Moved into industry - COO/EVP. Helped grow Cascade Aerospace culminating as COO/EVP. Led aerospace R&D for Western Canada as part of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation Canada (CARIC) and lead a specialty aerospace consulting company. Finally, joined Aerospace Industries Association of Canada as VP Special Projects to advance Aerospace Vision 2025 and Beyond.

Fassi Kafyeke
Position: Fellow, Research, Innovation and Collaborations, Bombardier.
Presentation title: Aerodynamic Challenges and Opportunities in Business and Commercial Aviation.
Presentation content: The presentation will highlight the evolution of aerodynamics and the contributions of the speaker to Bombardier’s aerodynamic design and technological capability, highlighting the challenges and opportunities on a line of world-class products: the CRJ200 first regional jet, the Global Express high speed, long range business jet, the CRJ700 and CRJ900 regional jets, the Challenger 300 super mid-size business jet and finally the C-series single-aisle aircraft family.
Speaker background: A 1981 graduate of Cranfield, Dr. Fassi Kafyeke (fCASI, afAIAA, mRAeS) has a 40-year career in Aerospace: 25 years in aerodynamics, including 15 years as Chief of Advanced Aerodynamics at Bombardier, then 15 years as head of technology development. He was responsible for the aerodynamic design of Challenger 300 and Global 6000 business jets, CRJ 700, 900 and 1000 regional jets and the C-series single-aisle aircraft CS100 and CS300, now Airbus A220.

For student presenters, each presentation will last 10 minutes with 5 minutes to answer questions, either asked by the chair directly or via questions posted by the audience on the Zoom chat. Presenters will present live on Zoom via sharing their screens. 

We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 July 2021.

Professor Dave Cullen, Academic lead for the Aerospace Doctoral Community

Who should attend

Cranfield master's and research students, academics and others involved or interested in aerospace-relevant research.

How to register

No registration is required, please use the above Zoom links to access the event.