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Key-Note Lecturers

Jean-Francois BROUCKAERT

Jean-Francois BROUCKAERT , Clean Sky


Title: “The Clean Sky Academy Initiative: How to better involve students in Europe’s largest Research Program for Aeronautics“


  • Graduated in 1994 from the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium) as a Mechanical Engineer.
  • Holds a Master-after-Master in Fluid Dynamics &Turbomachinery
  • Holds a PhD in Unsteady Measurement Techniques (Fast Response Pressure Probes)
  • He has been working for the last 20 years at the von Karman Institute as a Professor in the Turbomachinery and Propulsion Department
  • He has been Secretary General of EVI-GTI for the last 10 years (European Virtual Institute for Gas Turbine Instrumentation) from 2004-2014.
  • He has also been Co-Chair of NATO Working Groups on Gas Turbine Instrumentation AVT-180 and AVT-229 until 2014.
  • Since November 2014, he is now working at the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking as a Project Officer, responsible for all Engine Research Programmes

Markus Fischer

Markus Fischer , Airbus


Title: “Research on High Technologies for the Large Passenger Aircraft of Tomorrow” CleanSky2, Large Passenger Aircraft


MARKUS FISCHER graduated in Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig and received a PhD from the Technical University of Hannover in boundary layer and shear flow research. He started his professional career at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Göttingen 25 years ago. Afterwards he continued his career in several companies in industry working in mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering before he entered the Flight Physics of Airbus in 2003.

He has contributed to the design of various aircraft projects in the areas of aerodynamics, aeroacoustics and flight mechanics ranging from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles up to large passenger and military aircrafts, either in aircraft programs or research projects. He is named inventor of numerous patents and author of many publications.

Today Markus is leading in Clean Sky 2 the “Advanced Engine and Airframe Configuration” Platform for the Large Passenger Aircraft.

Valerie Guenon

Valerie Guenon , Safran


Title: “The past fifteen years and the next fifteen years of European aviation research, an industry perspective


Valérie Guénon holds a mechanical engineering degree from Université de Technologie de Compiègne (France) and a Master of Applied Sciences in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Delaware (USA).

She has been with the Safran Group since 1988. In Snecma (now Safran Aircraft Engines), she was successively design engineer, composite materials research engineer, head of mechanics of materials research and research programmes manager. Then she held the positions of European programmes manager for Safran Group, Quality VP for Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (now Safran Landing Systems) and VP technology strategy and institutional affairs for Safran Group.

Her twelve-year experience in European research affairs includes : chairing the industry group for European aeronautics research IMG4 in the mid-2000’s, where she established close coordination with EASN; participating to the creation of the Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative ; participating in ACARE since 2002 and currently co-chairing the ACARE Strategy and Integration board and the ACARE working group on Energy and Environment ; since 2013, member of the European Commission H2020 Transport Advisory Group.

Dietrich Knoerzer

Dietrich Knoerzer , European Commission


Title: “Global Challenges to Aviation – A Need for Advanced Technologies”


Dietrich Knoerzer studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen Technical University/ Germany; and graduated in Aerospace Engineering.

From 1980 – 85 he worked as research fellow at the “Institute of Material Sciences” of the RWTH Aachen University in mathematical modelling. He got his PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in modelling of materials creep mechanics.

From 1985 – 89 he worked for the Department of Advanced Engineering at MBB – Transport Aircraft Division (today Airbus Operations) in Hamburg / Germany.

In 1989 he joined the European Commission in the Directorate General for Research in Brussels / Belgium.

Today he works as a senior Scientific Officer in the Aviation Unit of the Directorate of Transport Research within the Directorate General for Research & Innovation and is responsible for research and research policy activities in aircraft design, flight physics and fluid dynamics.

For the Commission services he keeps the contact to aerospace related associations and networks in Europe as EASN, CEAS or ECCOMAS.

In international co-operation he acts as the main contact on aviation research with China.

Since his study times he practise glider flying and has a pilot license.

He is married and has four adult children.

José Rui Marcelino

José Rui Marcelino , PEMAS


Title: “Portuguese aerospace industry – driving innovation through collaboration networks”


José Rui Marcelino has a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from IST, TU Lisbon, MSc in Transportation Design from SPD, Milan, and PhD in Product Design from the School of Architecture of TU Lisbon in the area of Process Management. He has been teaching Design Project at the Engineering and Architecture schools of TU Lisbon and at EUAC, Coimbra, where he was responsible for the Design Degree. In 2005 and 2006 he was member of the Graduation External Evaluation Committee, which provided him a broad knowledge about the Design teaching in Portugal. Presently, he teaches Design Project in the Master in Product Design of the University of Lisbon and is the Course Coordinator. He is also member of the Faculty’s School Council.

Since 1997, after a short period at Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, he founded Almadesign Studio, mainly operating in Transportation, but also in Product, Interiors and Communication Design. Besides more than 400 design projects he has been design consultant for several Portuguese companies and institutions. In 2009, Almadesign was National Product Design Award for the company practice, and Honourable Mention at the DME Design Awards 2009 for the company design process. Some of the company products have been National Product Design Award, in 1999 and 2009, Good Design Award in 2009, 2013 and 2015; Green Good Design Award in 2010 and 2016, Crystal Cabin Award in 2012 and Daciano da Costa Prize in 2015. He participates as lecturer in different events and countries and collaborates frequently with several Portuguese Universities and Technological Centres.

He was co-founder and member of the board of the Portuguese Aeronautic Industry Association – PEMAS – being President from 2009 to 2011 and since 2013 until today. He is founder and member of the Board of the PFP Association – Portuguese Railway Industry Platform – and AED – Aeronautic, Space and Defence Association. He is also member of the Board of the Technology Park of Óbidos.

Recently, Rui Marcelino has been engaged in fostering collaborative R&D projects in the transportation area – aeronautics, road and railways (like the LIFE, IBUS, ISEAT, DESAIR, ETOILET, INTRAIN, NEWFACE and the PASSME projects) – involving several industrial companies and R&D institutions, national and international, for the development of innovative solutions, with higher levels of integration, more comfortable, more eco-efficient and lighter solutions with the help of new technologies and materials. The aim of these projects is also to create higher value products and greater dissemination of the companies’ capabilities in these economic sectors.

Giuseppe Pagnano

Giuseppe Pagnano , Clean Sky


Title: “Sustainable development in Aeronautics – role and perspectives of the Clean Sky initiative”


Giuseppe Pagnano graduated in Aeronautical Engineer at Politecnico di Milano, cum laude, in 1977. He joined Agusta helicopters as Head of Aerodynamic dept., then managing design disciplines and application to all new product development. After a period in Engineering Management he became Chief Project Engineer for Licence Helicopters. In 2003 moved to Innovation Projects Coordination, and representative in all related groups at EU level.

He joined Clean Sky in September 2009 as Coordinating Project Officer (Head of the Operational Unit); he also acts as Chief Technical Officer. He manages a team composed of 8 Project Officers and 8 Project Support Officers.

Giuseppe Pagnano also coordinates the activities of the Scientific Committee.

Ray Whitford

Ray Whitford , Cranfield Shrivenham


Title: “Aerodynamic Crutches”


Ray Whitford was until recently a Consultant in Aeronautical Systems at Cranfield University, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham, UK. While serving an apprenticeship with the British Aircraft Corporation in the 1960s working on VC10, BAC 111 and TSR2 aircraft, he obtained a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Kingston University. From 1972-1986 he was a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University and in1982-83 he was a Visiting Professor at West Virginia University, USA. In 1986 he became a Senior Lecturer with Cranfield University at The Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham.For two years in the early-1990s he was a Visiting Research Professor at the USAF Academy at Colorado Springs being given opportunities for flying various USAF aircraft and a ground instructor at USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB and flew supersonically in an F-16B. He has lectured widely to US and European universities and companies (e.g. Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Saab & EADS).In 1997 he won the Rolls-Royce Award for Best Propulsion Submission in the Royal Aeronautical Society’s ‘Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards’. In 2005 he won the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Award for Best Technology Submission in the Royal Aeronautical Society’s ‘Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards’. He is single author of over 80 papers/book chapters and four books on aircraft design.

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