SAE 2013 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition

September 24-26, 2013

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Palais des congrés de Montréal

AeroTech General Committee Chairs

Francois Caza François Caza (General Chair)
Vice President and Chief Engineer, Engineering
Bombardier Aerospace

François Caza graduated from McGill University in 1984 in Aeronautical Engineering and joined Bombardier Aerospace the same year. He started his career as a Stress Engineer, was promoted to Manager, Structures and then later promoted to Director, Technical Engineering. His leadership and technical expertise led him to the appointment of Vice President and Chief Engineer in 2004.

Mr. Caza leads and oversees the team of technical experts in the areas of Advanced Product Development, Strategic Technology, Experimental Design, Material and Processes, Airworthiness, Systems and Flight Testing for Bombardier Aerospace's Montréal, Toronto, Wichita and Belfast sites. He also provides engineering support to all of Bombardier Aerospace's business units, while ensuring alignment of our product portfolio with the company's long term strategy.

In his various roles, he participated in the product development of the CRJ family of commercial aircraft (CRJ100, CRJ200, CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000) and the Global Express and Challenger 300 business aircraft. François Caza is a Member of L'Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec. He has been an Executive Member of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) since May 2006.

Fassi Kafyeke Fassi Kafyeke, Ing., Ph.D. (Vice Chair& Technical Program Chair)
Director, Strategic Technology
Bombardier Aerospace

Fassi Kafyeke joined Bombardier Aerospace in 1982 as a computational fluid dynamics and aerodynamics engineer. In 1996, he became Manager, Advanced Aerodynamics. As Chief Aerodynamicist, he was in charge of aerodynamic design and development wind tunnel testing for several Bombardier jets, including the CRJ700/900/1000 NextGen, Challenger 300, CSeries and Global Express aircraft. In 2007, he became Director, Strategic Technology, responsible for engineering research and technology and Design for Environment.

Mr. Kafyeke is also a member of the board of the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN) and chairman of the board of the SA2GE consortium (Smart Affordable Green Efficient) set up in Québec to run demonstration projects for green aircraft technologies.

Mr. Kafyeke graduated as an electromechanical engineer (aerospace) from Belgium's University of Liége in 1980. The following year, he completed his Master's degree in Air Transport Engineering (aircraft operations and maintenance) at the Cranfield Institute of Technology, England. In 1994, he received his Doctorate in mechanical engineering (aerodynamics) from École Polytechnique de Montréal.