Team

Todd Reichert – Project Manager, Pilot, Chief Aerodynamicist (2006-2010)
Todd completed his PhD at UTIAS during the HPO project, researching optimal kinematic strategies for flapping-wing propulsion. In addition to his B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto, Todd completed a minor in Cinema Studies and served as the president of the Engineering Society in 2004-2005. Todd has also worked at the National Research Council’s Institute for Aerospace Research for several summers and has been a volunteer with the engine-powered ornithopter since 2004.

 

Cameron Robertson – Chief Structural Designer (2006-2010)
Cameron completed his M.A.Sc. at UTIAS on the structural design and analysis of the HPO, having recently completed his B.A.Sc. at University of Toronto in the Engineering Science program, Aerospace option. Having become a volunteer with the engine-powered ornithopter during his third year, Cameron conducted research in the summer of 2007 on the HPO in the Subsonic Aerodynamics Lab at UTIAS under Dr. DeLaurier. Cameron’s primary interests were in advanced composites, ultralight structures, and their fabrication methods.

 

Carson Dueck – Team Member (2009-2010)
Carson joined the team in June 2009, coming all the way from Vancouver to be a part of the project! He was going into grade 11 when he joined the team and was already looking for Universities where he could expand on his love of flight and passion for engineering. Carson had been an avid ornithopter enthusiast for several years, building and flying small model ornithopters of his own design and testing different configurations in the wind tunnel he built in his basement. Carson’s experience with hands on construction was a huge asset to the team and his arrival has made a significant difference in the rate of progress.

 

Robert Dueck – Team Member (2009-2010)
Robert has a B.Sc. and specializes in industrial processing with a particular focus on custom production, installation and testing of world-class private yachts. He thrives in a team environment on fast paced projects with rigorous testing. At the team’s request he joined in summer 2009 during a production critical phase, bringing his yacht-based techniques to fruition for the ornithopter.

 

Professor James DeLaurier – Faculty Advisor (2006-2010)
Dr. DeLaurier graduated from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1970. His research and industry experience includes time at McDonnel Aircraft, NASA Ames Research Center, and Battelle Memorial Institute. Dr. DeLaurier’s focus has been on lighter-than-air and mechanical flapping-wing aircraft. A remotely-piloted proof-of-concept ornithopter designed by Dr. DeLaurier and Jeremy Harris (a research associate) flew successfully in 1991, and their full-scale engine-powered ornithopter was the first to achieve fight on July 8th, 2006.

 

Tom Veitch – Aerodynamics, Stability, and Control Team Leader (2006-2009)
Tom was working on his M.A.Sc. at UTIAS, having completed his B.A.Sc. at University of Toronto in the Engineering Science program, Aerospace option. After volunteering in third year on the engine-powered ornithopter, Thomas conducted summer research on the HPO in the Subsonic Aerodynamics Lab at UTIAS under Dr. DeLaurier. Tom was been instrumental in developing a vortex-panel code used in wing design. Tom finds the interactions between aircraft structures and aerodynamic forces particularly interesting.

 

David Godri – Team Member, Summer Intern (2009)
David Godri joined the HPO in May 2009 as part of its summer internship program. At the time he was a third-year civil engineering student with interests in renewable energy. He was the founder of Solar and Wind Initiatives Towards Change (SWITCH), a non-profit, youth-driven organization determined in making positive global environmental change. David brought relentless enthusiasm and energy to the team, and a knack for picking things up quickly.

 

Dennis Trips – Exchange Student from T.U. Delft, Aerodynamics (2007-2008)
Dennis was a student at T.U. Delft (Netherlands) who had started his thesis on aerodynamic 3D wing optimizations. In the 2007-2008 academic year, Dennis worked on an airfoil optimizer for the HPO team which led to the final airfoil design for the main wing. The challenge was to design a robust wing for unsteady flow. Dennis was also interested in aircraft design, scuba diving, wood carving, and traveling.

 

Bruce Fenton – Industry Consultant (2006-2009)
Bruce graduated University of Toronto with a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1996, and with an M.A.Sc. (again from U of T) in Aerospace Engineering in 1999. Bruce worked on the engine-powered ornithopter for 10 years, with 2 of those years as chief engineer. Bruce was also been involved in several lighter-than-air projects, and brought extensive experience in experimental work.

 

Patrick Zdunich – Industry Consultant (2006-2008)
Patrick graduated with a B.A.Sc. from University of Alberta in 1999, and completed his M.A.Sc. at UTIAS in 2002 under Dr. DeLaurier while developing a flapping-wing Micro Air Vehicle. Following his masters, Patrick co-founded Advanced Subsonics in 2002, a world leader in small-scale flapping-wing flight. Patrick had worked on the engine-powered ornithopter since 1997, and was acting as chief field engineer during the aircraft’s first successful flight in 2006.

 

Riley Monsour – Structural Testing (2006-2008)
Riley studied in mechanical engineering at the University of Toronto. He was responsible for much of the early structural testing of ornithopter components and was been an integral member of the wing design team. Also, Riley was involved with other clubs at the University, acting as paddling coach for the concrete canoe team in 2008 and master carpenter for Skule Nite 0T8. Riley took a professional experience year doing engineering work in Switzerland before returning to complete his studies.

 

Maxime Moussard – Exchange Student from Poitiers, Stability & Control (2007)
Maxime spent time with the project as an exchange student during the summer of 2007, based in the Energy Engineering program at the University of Poitiers in France. Maxime worked on a scale-model of the HPO used for configuration and stability studies, in addition to contributing primarily to the user interface to Todd Reichert’s aero-structural optimizer.

 

 

Aurelie Laely – Exchange Student from Poitiers, Stability, Aerodynamics (2007)
Aurelie spent time with the project as an exchange student during the summer of 2007, based in the Energy Engineering program at the University of Poitiers in France. Aurelie worked on determining the suitability of potential structural configurations of the HPO, calculating preliminary stability derivatives, and estimating the parasite drag of the aircraft.

 

Florian Cliquot – Exchange Student from Poitiers, Structures (2007)
Florian spent time with the project as an exchange student during the summer of 2007, based in the Energy Engineering program at the University of Poitiers in France. Florian worked with Cameron Robertson on determining the structural efficiency and suitability of several different advanced-fibre composite sandwich and beam structures.

 

Christophe Boulnois – Exchange Student from Poitiers, Programming, Structures (2007)
Christophe spent time with the project as an exchange student during the summer of 2007, based in the Energy Engineering program at the University of Poitiers in France. Christophe worked closely with Todd Reichert in developing and aero-structural optimizer currently used for the design of the HPO, as well as providing estimates of the characteristics of the aircraft’s primary structural components.

 

Elena Stumm – Stability & Control (2008-2009)
An aerospace engineering student at the University of Toronto, Elena Stumm worked with the human-powered ornithopter project starting in January 2008. Elena worked with the simulator team to develop methods to monitor power output and construct a training mechanism to model flight conditions. Elena was also involved with the University of Toronto CASI Student Branch as Treasurer.

 

 

Kyle Dyroff – Fly-by-Wire Controls, Webmaster (2007-2009)
Originally from Wilmington, DE, Kyle Dyroff studied aerospace engineering student at the University of Toronto. Kyle’s involvement with the human-powered ornithopter project was focused around electronics for controls and stability. In June of 2008, Kyle headed to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a summer research position. He returned to the project that fall, following the completion of his research.

 

Laura Bradbury – Dynamic Stability (2007-2008)
Laura Bradbury studied aerospace engineering at the University of Toronto. She was instrumental to the human powered ornithopter project by constructing a foam cutter for rib construction and developing a method for attaching the wing skin. Laura was also an executive member of the University of Toronto Space Design Contest and vice-chair of the F!rosh engineering orientation.

 

Tatiana Chiesa – Structures, Drivetrain (2008-2009)
Tatiana Chiesa studied aerospace engineering at the University of Toronto. Through her work with the human-powered ornithopter project, Tatiana developed a keen interest in composite materials and structures. Tatiana led the mold construction for the fuselage fairing. She also created computational tools to find the structural properties of the fuselage components. Her undergraduate thesis work entailed developing a structural modeling program to aid in configuration design for the HPO.

 

Rafik Chekiri – Flight Simulation, Controls, Structures (2008-2009)
Rafik Chekiri studied aerospace engineering at the University of Toronto. He was with HPO project beginning in January 2008 and contributed in the areas of computational design and analysis of primary structure joints. Rafik also worked on the drive mechanisms and components, including transmission and drive wires. He completed his fourth-year thesis on in-flight attributes of highly flexible aircraft.

 

Taylor Martin – Structures (2006-2008)
Taylor Martin completed his M.A.Sc. in mechanical engineering at University of Toronto. He was drawn to the idea of the HPO by his interest in composite materials. During his undergraduate years he became the first Team Manager of the Human-Powered Vehicle Design Team at the University of Toronto. His interests led him to design and build a fully composite gondola for the Spider balloon-telescope as part of his masters program.

 

Geoff Frost – Structural Mechanics (2006-2007)
Geoff Frost studied aerospace engineering with a focus on aerostructures at University of Toronto. Geoff brought a wealth of experience from several undergraduate research projects and unique aircraft designs. Geoff was also highly-involved in the initial primary structure development of the HPO.

 

 

Jennifer Elliott – Physiology & Flight Training (2006-2007)
Jennifer studied aerospace engineering at University of Toronto during her time on the project. She initially worked very closely with Todd Reichert to develop pilot physiology models for optimal performance in a flapping-wing aircraft. She also performed joint-research with the Faculty of Physical Education and Health to determine the limits of extreme human performance as pertaining to this aircraft’s requirements.

 

Jessica Fockler – Simulator Mechanics (2006-2007)
Jessica was a student in aerospace engineering at University of Toronto during her time with the team. Jessica’s focus was on control strategies and pilot development for highly-flexible aircraft. She also worked on the design and implementation of a force-feedback simulator for power testing and pilot training.

 

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