Able to excel on independent and team projects by applying a balance of soft-skills and technical abilities to meet tight deadlines
Hands-on researcher with 8 years of experience in advanced composite materials manufacturing, testing and simulation
Passionate about the development of materials and processes with reduced environmental impact
Hard-skills: Abaqus, Matlab, LS-Dyna, MS Office | Proficient with a wide variety of materials testing equipment
Languages: English, Russian, intermediate French, elementary Dutch | Citizenships: Canadian, Russian
PhD in Mechanical Engineering | McGill University, Canada | 2011 – 2015
MASc in Aerospace Engineering | Ryerson University, Canada | 2008 – 2010
BEng in Aerospace Engineering | Ryerson University, Canada | 2004 – 2008
R&D | KU Leuven Composite Materials Group, Belgium | Sept 2015 – present
Project title: Development of pseudo-ductile hybrids with randomly oriented carbon-fibres and self-reinforced polypropylene
Designed the experimental program to meet the project goals of the industrial partner and gave regular updates
Gave regular updates and proposed modifications and improvements
Conducted an extensive study of the mechanical properties and formability of hybrid composite materials
Developed modelling techniques for tuning their mechanical properties
Brainstormed the potential applications and participated in making demonstrators to help bring this material to the market
Researcher | McGill Structures & Composite Materials Laboratory, Canada | Jan 2011 – July 2015
Project title: Characterization and modelling of mechanical properties of composite materials reinforced by discontinuous-fibres
Collaborated with industry, academia and national research centers
Evaluated the effect of the processing parameters on quality (defects via C-Scan) and mechanical properties of samples
Studied the fundamental micromechanics of the composite material under investigation, explained its mechanical properties and proposed an analytical model capable of predicting them
Researcher | Ryerson Facility for Research on Aerospace Materials & Engineered Structures, Canada | Aug 2008 – Aug 2010
Project title: Application of fibre optic (FBG) sensors for fatigue monitoring of composites
Investigated static and fatigue performance, and fracture mechanics of thermoset composites with woven and braided reinforcement
Used FBG sensors for strain measurement and damage monitoring and the scanning electron microscope (SEM) for fractography
Industrial Internship | Pratt & Whitney Canada | Aug 2009 – Aug 2010
Project title: Modelling of fan blades deformations caused by a bird strike
Developed a finite element (FE) model to simulate the damage sustained by the engine blades during a bird strike
Assisted design engineers in the evaluation of impact worthiness of new blade designs
Researcher | Delft University of Technology Aerospace Structures & Materials Laboratory, the Netherlands | May 2009 – Aug 2009
Project title: Determination of residual thermal strains in cured composites
Investigated the development of the thermal residual stresses in composites during production
Educator | Ryerson University, McGill University and KU Leuven | 2009 – present
Developed a demo on composites for the 2014 ASM mini-camp to promote the field of material science to high school students
Prepared and delivered material for tutorials and labs: Composite Materials, Aerospace Structures and Numerical Methods
Coordinator and mentor to students pursuing a thesis project
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