Ruxandra Botez: Aerospace Excellence at ETS

Montréal has forged a solid reputation in the aerospace sector as one of three major aerospace centres in the world. The greater Montréal area is responsible for 60% of all Canadian production and 55% of the workforce in the Canadian aerospace sector. Aerospace research is also a major focus in Montréal, with 70% of all Canadian research funds being invested in the greater Montréal area. ÉTS Professor and researcher Ruxandra Botez contributes to major aerospace projects.

Major Aerospace Projects

Since the beginning of her career, Professor Botez, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Aircraft Modeling and Simulation Technologies, and founder of LARCASE, has made significant contributions to the fields of aircraft design, modelling and simulation, from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

Her research is considered highly impressive within Canada’s aerospace industry and her work has won a number of awards and distinctions. Under her supervision, her students have won more than 20 awards.

Prestigious Aerospace Partners

Professor Botez initiates and implements major aerospace projects at ÉTS, working in collaboration with Canadian and international partners, including:

  • Canada: Bombardier, CMC Electronics-Esterline, Thales, Bell Helicopter Textron, FLIR Systems, Presagis, CNRC Aerospace;
  • United States: NASA;
  • Europe: CIRA, Italy’s University of Naples, Romania’s University of Craiova;
  • Mexico: Hydra Technologies.

Sophisticated Equipment

Her laboratory houses a number of highly sophisticated pieces of equipment which several dozen students and researchers are using to work together on defining the aircraft of tomorrow:

  • A research aircraft flight simulator for the Cessna Citation X business jet designed by CAE Inc.;
  • The UAS-S4 autonomous flight system designed by Hydra Technologies;
  • The Price-Païdoussis subsonic wind tunnel.

When Aerospace Research Focuses on “Green” Aircraft

Professor Botez’s research work involves finding solutions to reduce fuel consumption and flying time by using flight management systems. Another noteworthy project that she is working on is a deformable airplane wing to reduce fuel consumption.