SAE 2013 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition

September 24-26, 2013

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Palais des congrés de Montréal
Jerry Komorowski Jerzy Komorowski
General Manager, Aerospace Portfolio
National Research Council Canada

Presentation title: Role of Government Research and Technology Organization in the Aerospace Innovation System in Canada

The National Research Council Canada (NRC) has been involved in aerospace research and technology development for over 60 years. Recent transformation of NRC led to refocusing of it Aerospace efforts into six areas because of their significance to Canadian aerospace industry. The six areas are: civilian UAS, aircraft icing, cabin and cockpit ergonomics, product development, future aircraft and aerospace defence. Earlier this year Canadian Government announced some of its plans following aerospace policy review. The Goals of NRC programs will be discussed in light of these plans and review recommendations.

On January 17, 2012, Jerzy Komorowski was appointed General Manager of NRC's Aerospace portfolio. Previously, Mr. Komorowski was Director General of the NRC Institute for Aerospace Research (IAR 2005-2012); Director of the Structures, Materials and Propulsion Laboratory at IAR (2002-2005); and leader of IAR's Structures Group (1998 to 2002). He joined IAR - formerly known as the National Aeronautical Establishment - in 1982.

During his career, he has published more than 100 reports, journal and conference papers. His early research was focused on experimental strain analysis, as well as environmental effects in composite and metallic materials. In the 1990s, he was active in the field of non-destructive inspection, developing new optical inspection methods and pioneering models of the impact of corrosion on the integrity of aircraft structures. As Director of the Structures, Materials and Propulsion Laboratory, Mr. Komorowski helped it to become one of the leading research centres for holistic structural integrity design.

Mr. Komorowski is a graduate of NRC's LEAD Executive Challenge program. He is also a member of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute; the Canadian voting member of the NATO Science and Technology Organization Advanced Vehicle Technology Panel (AVT); and Chair of the AVT Support Committee. He serves as the Canadian National Resource Specialist at the Aerospace Engineering Group of The Technical Cooperation Program.

As General Manager of NRC's Aerospace portfolio, Mr. Komorowski serves on the boards of directors of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec; Aéro Montréal - an industry cluster organization; EnviroTREC - the Canadian Environmental Test Research and Education Centre; and the Green Aviation Research & Development Network. He is also Deputy Chair of the Steering Committee of the Canadian Aerospace Environmental Technology Road Map.