Born in Bucharest, Romania, Luize graduated in 1982 from the Bucharest Polytechnic Institute (now Bucharest University) – Faculty of Aerospace, with the Engineer Diploma. She worked for INCREST – the National Research Institute in Bucharest until 1994 as an aerospace engineer. In 1992 she completed a post graduate certificate in Management and Administration of an Aeronautical Enterprise from ESC – Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Toulouse, France, following a scholarship granted by GIFAS. In 1994 she immigrated to Canada, working first for Pratt and Whitney Canada and then for the Canadian government as an aviation regulatory authority. She also worked for EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) in Cologne, Germany, and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation in Nagoya, Japan. Presently she is working for Transport Canada as an Aircraft Certification Engineer. She has been a regulatory authority in civil aviation for more than 20 years.
Daniel Odion Iyinomen
Wagners/University of Southern Queensland
Daniel Odion Iyinomen received his B.Eng. (Hons) 2007 in Materials and Production Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Nigeria. Iyinomen later progressed to receive an MSc 2012 in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Greenwich (UOG), Chatham-Medway Campus, Kent, England, United Kingdom. He has recently earned a PhD 2019 in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering along with a Doctoral Research Excellence Award for achieving the highest possible result for a Higher Degree by Research thesis examination 2019 at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia. He is currently working with Wagners Composite Fibre Technology (CFT) company in Australia with the potential of developing future aerospace composite materials.
University of Oxford
Dr David Bacci is part of Oxford Thermofluids Laboratory (University of Oxford), where he holds a position of Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Cranfield University, working as researcher in Military Aircraft Design and Defence Analysis.
He completed his PhD (2017) at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom focusing on the characterisation of Transonic Aeroacoustics of Weapon Bays.
From 2009 to 2014 he maturated industrial experience working on UCAV design and military flight simulators development for Leonardo Company.
His aerospace career begun in Italy where he completed a BSc in Aerospace Engineering (2007) and MSc in Aeronautical Engineering (2009) at the University of Pisa, including in the process, the attainment of Private Pilot Flight License.
Bacci's research interests include: aerodynamics & aeroacoustics, thermo-fluid-dynamics, computational fluid dynamics and aircraft & missile design.
Co-Founder and CEO
Norris Tie is the co-founder and CEO of Exosonic, Inc. Since childhood, he has been passionate about making the world smaller through faster transportation. In pursuit of this mission, Norris studied aerospace engineering at UCLA. He spent three years working in the aerospace industry as a propulsion engineer, all on vehicles that break the sound barrier, such as SpaceShipTwo and NASA's X-59 low boom demonstrator. After his time in industry, he determined low boom supersonic travel was the future and attended Stanford's Graduate School of Business to found Exosonic with his co-founder and CTO Tim MacDonald. Now they're on the mission to provide supersonic travel everywhere by muting the sonic boom.
Prof. Dr. Michael Smart
Head of R&D and Co-Founder
Prof. Dr. Michael Smart (BE, MEngSc (UQ); PhD Aeronautics and Astronautics (NYU)) is a world leader in scramjet and hypersonic technology with over 10 years experience as a research scientist at NASA Langley Research Center (Scramjet Branch), as well as serving as a professor and Chair of Hypersonic Propulsion at UQ since 2007.
Head of Manufacturing for Space
Satellite Applications Catapult
Mike is the Head of Manufacturing for Space at the Satellite Applications Catapult. With a background in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, and robotics, he is an expert and thought leader on disruptive technologies across multiple sectors. Currently, his focus is the development of the UK’s space manufacturing eco-system, covering spaceports, launch vehicles and orbital manufacturing. Mike works extensively with nascent and established rocket companies, as well those organisations exploring manufacturing in LEO, and beyond. He is an advisor to several launch vehicle companies, an NED for Space Store, and CTO for two disruptive technology companies. Previously, Mike worked for Reaction Engines, Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, and several technology start-ups, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a senior officer in the British Army Reserves.
American industrial designer Elliott Koehler brings complete travel experiences to life with a holistic approach to the overall transport environment coupled with a passionate attention to product finishes and details.
A graduate from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Elliott Koehler leads JPA’s London studio as Creative Director. The studio is uniquely positioned to deploy its extensive hospitality experience to place more emphasis on elevating the customer journey and creating future travel experiences driven by human centred research. Since its founding over 30-years ago, JPA has developed innovative products for Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, JAL, American Airlines, Air China and flydubai, many of which have shaped the industry and won awards from Red Dot to Crystal Cabin. Completed hospitality projects such as the Venice Simplon Orient Express, Taj Hotels, Hilton Hotels have fed into JPA’s aviation work and differentiates the company’s approach to transport design.
With over 10 years of industry experience from the in-house design team of Fortune 500 leader GE to the diverse product design studio LAYER, Elliott has developed hundreds of products from strategy to production ranging from tech products, furniture, and aviation cabins for global brands including Airbus, Google, Vitra, NIO, Bang & Olufsen and Adidas. Elliott's focus is creating a studio that will define the way we work, live and communicate in the future, exploring the possibilities of transportation, materials and the next generation of human interactions.
Global Practice Leader - Aerospace & Defence
Frost & Sullivan
Business Development – Electrification
Nabil Iben Sobih
Lead Propulsion Engineer
Business Development Manager - Aviation
Richard has an extensive background in aviation that spans over 30 years. A qualified Aircraft Engineer and Private Pilot, Richard joins JPA from British Airways, where he held various technical and management roles and was most recently responsible for the design and development of aircraft cabin interiors as part of the customer experience team.
Richard studied at London’s City University, graduating with a B.Eng. (Hons) in Air Transport Engineering before gaining an MBA from Lancaster University. Richard’s mixed Spanish and Indian background coupled with his extensive airline travel give this London native an international perspective and appreciation of global cultural needs. At JPA, Richard focusses on developing the aviation portfolio, where he uses his airline experience and market knowledge to help serve the unique needs of aviation clients.
Dr. Stuart Hawksworth
Head of Centre for Energy and Major Hazards at HSE & President of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety
HSE Science and Research Centre
Head of Space Launcher System Analysis (SART)
DLR - German Aerospace Centre
Martin Sippel is the head of DLR's Space Launcher System Analysis (SART) division with a background of 25 years in Reusable Launch Vehicle studies. Sippel is the coordinator of two EC-funded research projects (CHATT and FALCon) and chief designer of SpaceLiner.