Ruxandra Botez

Twenty years of research collaboration with NASA

May 18, 2016
Ruxandra Botez, Professor of Automated Production Engineering at the
École de technologie supérieure
Last April, Ruxandra Botez presented the most recent works of the team at the Research Laboratory in Active Controls, Avionics and Aeroservoelasticity (LARCASE) to an audience of some 30 experts from NASA, in Silicon Valley, a regular stopover for the automated production engineering professor, an international authority in the field. 

Her research collaboration with the various teams at NASA did not start yesterday. Back in 1996, while an engineer responsible for aeroservoelasticity interactions for the active control project for aircraft at Bombardier, Professor Botez came into contact with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center team, a leader in this multidisciplinary specialty.

Aeroservoelasticity can be defined as the interaction between three disciplines: aerodynamics, control and structure. The development of modern active controlled and electric aircraft involves software integration from these three disciplines, and we can understand the crucial and important role of research in this field.  

Professor Botez' collaboration in aeroservoelasticity with NASA's structure team continued until 2004. From 2005 to 2011, Professor Botez focussed her work on a series of new projects with the team working on control systems within the framework of the Active Aeroelastic Wing program intended for the F/A-18 fighter aircraft.

Long-term benefits

For Professor Botez, the research collaborations with NASA have always been very important, because this prestigious 'temple' of the aerospace world is by far the best source of important data.

This exceptional expertise and collaboration enabled Ruxandra Botez to complete major aeronautical projects, including several as lead researcher, such as:

  • three projects funded by the CRIAQ (Consortium de recherche et d'innovation en aérospatiale au Québec);in collaboration with Bell Helicopter Textron, Bombardier, Thales and NRC Aerospace;
  • two projects funded by GARDN (Green Aviation Research and Development Network) in collaboration with CMC Electronics-Esterline;
  • and an aeroservoelasticity project in collaboration with Bombardier.

These projects were also funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

In addition to being in charge of LARCASE, Ruxandra Botez holds the Canada Research Chair in Aircraft Modeling and Simulation Technologies since 2011. Her laboratory is equipped with three major aerospace infrastructures:

  • the Research Aircraft Flight Simulator (RAFS) from CAE Inc. for the Cessna Citation XInc.;
  • the Unmanned Aerial System UAS-S4 from Hydra Technologies;
  • the Price-Païdoussis Subsonic Blow-Down Wind Tunnel.
Montréal: with the big leagues in the aerospace industry

If the work of Ruxandra Botez, at LARCASE and all the other Montréal aerospace researchers is so important, it is because Montréal is included among the top three aerospace centres in the world, in addition to being the focal centre of Canada's aerospace industry.

On the international level, Montréal has built a solid reputation in the aeronautical industry, and the ÉTS' mission is to contribute to the technological and economic development of Québec through university teaching and research in applied engineering.  

In this context, the École de technologie supérieure is proud to highlight the success of Professor Ruxandra Botez, the numerous publications of its team at LARCASE, theses and dissertations, awards of excellence and her 20 years of collaboration with NASA.    

Aerospace industry in Montreal:

  • 60% of total Canadian production
  • 55% of Canadian labour force
  • 70% of Canadian R&D expenditures
  • 235 firms 
  • 42 000 jobs
  • $12B in revenue

UAS airplane on flight 

blow-down wind tunnel
The Price-Païdoussis Subsonic Blow-Down Wind Tunnel

For more information:

The Research Laboratory in Active Controls, Avionics and Aeroservoelasticity (LARCASE)
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