​Keynote Speakers

Anoush Poursartip, PhD, P.Eng., FCAE
Composites Research Network
Professor, Department of Materials Engineering
The University of British Columbia

Director of Research
Convergent Manufacturing Technologies

Poursartip joined UBC after gaining a B.A. and Ph.D. in Engineering from Cambridge University.  Working closely with two colleagues, he directs the Composites Research Network at UBC, which aims to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial practice by creating a family of knowledge in practice documents (KPDs) for the manufacturing and design of composite materials.  Poursartip is also a co-founder of Convergent Manufacturing Technologies Inc., which was established in 1998 on the basis of process simulation software originally developed at UBC.  Convergent is now an acknowledged world leader in process design software and support for the international aerospace industry, and has focussed on creating a family of software (and now hardware) products and services to reduce risk in composites manufacturing.

Poursartip was recently the President of the International Committee on Composite Materials, where he was also previously General Secretary and member of the Executive Council since 1995.  Poursartip has been a World Fellow and Life Member of ICCM since 2005, and has won two Outstanding Performance Awards and the Bronze Merit Award from The Boeing Company.  In 2009, Poursartip received the Medal of Excellence in Composites from the Center for Composite Materials (CCM) at the University of Delaware, and in 2010 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.  In 2014, he received the Wayne Stinchcomb award from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and in 2015 was inducted as Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE).

Larry Ilcewicz
Federal Aviation Administration

Dr. Larry Ilcewicz is the FAA Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Composite Materials.  He started work with the FAA in 1998 and has supported many small airplane, rotorcraft and transport aircraft certification programs.  He has also worked on accident investigations and service problems involving composites.  These experiences helped Larry develop an international plan for composite safety and certification initiatives to work with industry, academia and other government groups in pursuit of guidance, training and standardization.  These efforts formed the basis for a FAA Aviation Safety Composite Plan, which outlines efforts until 2021. 

Larry came to the FAA from Boeing, where he worked 17 years on various programs in the commercial transport aircraft division.  This included support to 737, 757, 767 and 777 aircraft in various stages of development, production and service.  Larry was also principal investigator for a large NASA-funded research program to develop composite design and manufacturing concepts for a wide-body transport fuselage in the 1990s.  He has authored/co-authored more than 80 technical publications.  He has been co-chairman for Composite Materials Handbook 17, CMH-17, since joining the FAA.  In 2013, he was the only member of the United States Department of Transportation to win the Presidential Rank Award.

Chantal Fualdes
AIRBUS Head of Airframe Certification,
Executive Expert Composite Airframes

Chantal Fualdes is the head of airframe certification in AIRBUS commercial and executive expert in composite airframe engineering.

She joined  Airbus  in 1986, and was involved in the development of composite structures on various  Airbus programs from  A320 to A350, as well as A400M supporting  the introduction of composite materials on the airframe for new applications. She has worked on the development of different components, movables, keel beam panels, centre wing boxs, wings at various stage of development, production and in service. On the A350  she was leading the development of all composite components , from materials qualification, design selection, method analysis development, and she was responsible for the overall composite structure certification . 

A speaker in European & US Forum since 2000, in support of  FAA/EASA sharing ‘best practices’ in composite airframe development,  she has contributed to the set up of a WG with Boeing/Bombardier under the sponsorship of the FAA and EASA.

Nominated airbus executive expert in May 2011 she is involved in different programs on composite development within the group and academia. 

Jean-Philippe Marouzé
Product and Advanced Composite Value Chain
Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services

Jean-Philippe Marouzé is Director, Product and Advanced Composite Value Chain at Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services. He has overall responsibility on the product, cost, quality and schedule for this value chain. He also leads a cross-functional team to ensure both rate and recurring cost objectives are achieved for C Series composite structures produced at the Saint-Laurent Manufacturing Centre. His mandate also extends to research and development activities to help grow engineering and manufacturing capabilities at the Saint-Laurent site.

Mr. Marouzé joined Bombardier in August 2005 as a Stress Engineer. He was involved in developing the C Series Aft Fuselage hybrid structure since the very beginning, from defining the structure to selecting the manufacturing process and developing the overall certification strategy to support program requirements. He supports the As-Designed vs As-Built approach for composite structures and Value Engineering to provide maximum benefit for Bombardier, its shareholders and its customers.

Mr. Marouzé started his career at Dassault Aviation (France) as a Vibration and Dynamic Engineer, he moved to composite structure engineering through a research and development program for primary composite structures.

Jean-Philippe holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (France) and a Master of Science from Laval University (Canada).

David Polland
Chief Structures Engineer - Program Technical Support
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

David Polland is the Chief Structures Engineer for Program Technical Support within Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA).  In this role he provides engineering leadership to BCA airplane programs in the areas of airframe structural analyses, technical support, safety, continued airworthiness, requirements, and regulatory compliance.  His team engages with national airworthiness authorities in areas such as rulemaking, validation of FAA type certification, and certification protocols for new structural technologies.  David is a FAA-designee under the Boeing delegated regulatory organization with extensive compliance and industry knowledge.

David previously served in the BCA 787 Fleet Chief's Office, where he interfaced with 787 operators to resolve technical issues affecting their fleet operations.  Prior to that, he was the Deputy Chief Structures Engineer for the 787 Program, with responsibility for technical integration and oversight, design criteria and requirements, and type certification of the airframe structure.

Earlier BCA assignments included development and validation of the 787 fuselage structure, as well as a similar capacity on the preceding Sonic Cruiser product development project, and led transition of the technologies identified under that project to the 787.  He also was lead engineer for 737 and 757 wing structure, and contributed to the 737 Next Generation and the 757-300 airplane development programs for wing structure design.  He led a team of engineers conducting design for manufacturability improvements at the company’s composite fabrication facility, and was a member of the engineering team researching advanced composite fuselage structure through the NASA-sponsored Boeing Advanced Technology Composite Airframe Structures program.

His initial assignment at Boeing, in the Boeing Aerospace Company, work focusing on advanced composite research and development applications on hypersonic military vehicles, spacecraft, and weapons systems.

David is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering; his undergraduate degree is from Gonzaga University in Mechanical Engineering.