Technical Advisory Board

Dr. Hugh Liu
Professor, University of Toronto
Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS)

Dr. Hugh H.T. Liu is a full professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), Toronto, Canada. His research work over the past several years has included a number of aircraft systems and control related areas, and he leads the “Flight Systems and Control” (FSC) Research Laboratory. Dr. Liu is an internationally leading researcher in the area of aircraft systems and control.  He has published over 100 technical papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and he has received one US/Canada patent of his work on motion synchronization. Dr. Liu has made significant research contributions in autonomous unmanned systems development, cooperative control, and integrated modeling and simulation. He also serves on editorial boards (CASJ, IJSMSC, IEEE-CSS) and technical committees of international professional societies. Before his academic appointment, Dr. Liu has several years’ industrial experience where he participated and led development projects of aircraft environmental control systems. Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering of the University of Toronto in 1998. He is a Fellow of CSME, an Associate Fellow of AIAA and active member of IEEE and CASI.  Dr. Liu is also a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.

Dr. Sebastian Fischmeister
Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
Real-Time Embedded Software Group

Sebastian Fischmeister received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in Computer Science at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at the University of Salzburg. He is a recipient of the Austrian APART stipend for young, excellent researchers (2005) and subsequently worked at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, as Post Graduate Research Associate. Sebastian is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Sebastian Fischmeister performs systems research at the intersection of software technology, distributed systems, and formal methods. His preferred application area is safety-critical embedded real-time systems in the domain of automotive systems, aerospace, and medical devices. Key highlights of his research include a framework for Real-time Ethernet, a dynamic binary instrumentation tool for time-aware systems, and real-time capable runtime monitoring. A slightly modified version of his real-time communication framework was used to promote the ASTM F29.21 standard on the Integrated Clinical Environment. Jointly with industry, he built the APMA Connected Vehicle Technology Demonstrator, and he is now working on data analysis for assessing the safety and security of mission-critical systems. Sebastian is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Dr. Craig A Steeves
Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS)

Craig Steeves is an associate professor in the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) and the Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Sustainable Aviation. His research focuses on combining high performance materials with complex geometry to design structures that are light, strong and stiff, and which can be enhanced with additional functional capabilities. Examples of such material systems are 3D-printed polymers coated with nanocrystalline metal, which can be a replacement for machined aluminum, and composites with arbitrary fibre placement. In both cases, the complexity of the structural system equires powerful design tools. Prof Steeves develops computational codes, in particular using topology optimization, that enable optimal design of complex structures with additional functional properties.

Michael Della Fortuna
CEO Nexeya Canada

Michael is the Chief Executive Officer of Nexeya Canada – a provider of mission critical products and solutions for space, aviation and transportation applications. Prior to joining Nexeya Michael held VP and Director level roles in engineering, operations and sales & marketing for General Electric, SPAR Aerospace, Husky Injection Molding and Mircom. Michael was also a partner in nCompass Capital which launched and supported a number of ventures including PowerSure Techonologies, Platinum Coachworks, ShipForLess and EnviroBlue / ZipBinz. A licensed Professional Engineer and Accredited Risk Manager Michael received his degree from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as an Aerospace Engineering Officer.