The IFAR Early Career Network is composed of researchers, students, and other employees in aviation research from IFAR member agencies. We aim to support the growth of young researchers with high potential for national and international leadership. 

Joining is FREE and easy, and is open to anyone affiliated with an IFAR member institution.

How to Join | Upcoming Events


  1. Contact Valerie Wiesner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will add you to our network announcements list and regularly inform you of upcoming opportunities to get involved.
  2. Register with IFARlink.aero to get access to all of the resources that the full IFAR community has to offer (this includes opportunities for young researchers, as well as networks composed of experienced researchers and global executives at aeronautics research institutions, news, job postings, and more).
  3. Once you have registered with IFARlink, join the online Early Career Network group by clicking on Groups --> All Groups --> IFAR Early Career Network (ECN).

Why should you join?

  • Network with other early career researchers from around the globe.
  • Get Mentored for leadership by aeronautics research executives.
  • Disseminate your research through virtual gatherings.
  • Attend special face-to-face gatheirngs at international conferences.
  • Learn about technical and non-technical topics in skill-mix groups.
  • Author reports to IFAR leadership about your vision for the future of aviation.

[LEARN MORE HERE] about the IFAR Early Career Network and [WATCH A VIDEO] about the benefits of IFARlink!


 

Scroll through the following page to learn more about the following and to register for public events:

Virtual Gatherings:

- 19 April: Prototype Design and Computational Fluid Dynamics, by Alexandru Persinaru (INCAS)

- 24 May: Computational Analysis and Proposed Redesign of the 3-Stage Axial Compressor in the 11-by-11-Foot Transonic Wind Tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center, by Sameer Kulkarni (NASA) 

- 14 June: Title TBD, by Daisuke Kobe (JAXA)

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Face-to-Face Gatherings:

- Paris Air Show

- TsAGI (Russia) Invitation "NEW GENERATION" Program & MAKS 2017 International Air Show - Funded Opportunity

 

Virtual Gatherings

Prototype Design and Computational Fluid Dynamics

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19 April 2017: 1-2 PM UTC/GMT, 9-10 AM ET (Washington, DC)

Presenter: Alexandru Persinaru, INCAS (Romania)

Abstract: The presentation comprises a selection of projects that are meant to display CAD output evolving from idea to final product, and also aerodynamic studies and performances that are being extracted from the designed object, using CFD tools. Personal contributions towards a better understanding of fluid-structure interaction and mechanical design of components for an active anti-flutter demonstrator will also be presented. The projects that are exhibited will be mainly space-related projects in various stages of TRL.

Biography: Alexandru-Gabriel Persinaru is a 25 year-old, 2014 graduate from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He served as a research assistant at INCAS (National Institute for Aerospace Research “Elie Carafoli”, in Bucharest, Romania) from 2012 until 2014, and has been an aerospace engineer at INCAS since 2014. He currently works in CAD (Computer Assisted Design) and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) tools for aerospace related projects.



Computational Analysis and Proposed Redesign of the 3-Stage Axial Compressor in the 11-by-11-Foot Transonic Wind Tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center

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24 May 2017: 1-2 PM UTC/GMT, 9-10 AM ET (Washington, DC)

Presenter: Sameer Kulkarni, Aeronautics Engineer, NASA

Abstract: New rotor blades are to be fabricated for the 24 foot diameter, 3-stage axial compressor which provides airflow in the 11- by 11-Foot Transonic Wind Tunnel Facility at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. This presents an opportunity to increase the peak Mach number capability of the tunnel by redesigning the compressor for increased pressure ratio. Simulations of the existing compressor from the APNASA CFD code were compared to performance predictions from the HT0300 turbomachinery design code and to compressor performance data taken during the 1997 facility checkout test. It was found that the existing compressor is operating beyond the stability limits predicted by the analysis tools. CFD simulations were sensitive to endwall leakages associated with stator button gaps and under-stator-platform flow recirculation. When stator button leakage and cavity recirculation were modeled, pressure rise at design point increased by over 25% due to a large reduction in aerdynamic blockage at the hub. After improving the CFD model and validating the tools against test data, a new design is proposed which achieves a predicted 10.5% increased total pressure rise while substantially reducing diffusion factors.

Biography: Sameer Kulkarni is an Aerospace Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. His research is focused on aerodynamics of centrifugal and multistage axial compressors. His work supports the NASA Aeronautics goal of fuel burn reduction in large civil aviation transportation via compressor component technology development to improve performance and stability of gas turbine engines. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, with Bachelor's and Master of Science Degrees in Aerospace Engineering. See a video featuring Sameer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIOgeONyOos

Title TBD

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14 June 2017: 1-2 PM UTC/GMT, 9-10 AM ET (Washington, DC)

Presenter: Daisuke Kobe, JAXA (Japan)

Abstract: TBD

Biography: TBD




 

Face-to-Face Gatherings and Opportunities

ICAS-IFAR Award

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15 June 2017

Each IFAR member may nominate one candidate toward the ICAS Congress 2018 in Brasil. The deadline of the nomination is 15th of June 2017. Each IFAR member has its own method of assessing nominations, so please work within your organization if you are interested in nominating someone or being nominated for the award.

Paris Air Show ECN Social Gathering and ONERA Tour

[REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT] - please contact Ludovic Wiart of ONERA to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

21-22 June 2017

This face-to-face event is dedicated to early career professionals from IFAR member organizations and is organized by ONERA in conjunction with the 2017 Paris Air Show. The tentative schedule includes the following:

21 June

  • Welcome breakfast at ONERA booth at the Paris Air Show
  • Guided visit of various aerospace industry booths
  • Professional development session with the European Space Agency former director Jean-Jacques Dordain
  • Free time to check out the planes in static display and flight demonstrations
  • After-work party in Paris

22 June

  • Visit to the experimental facilities at ONERA Palaiseau (Paris suburb)

Please note: Accommodations and travel must be funded by attendees.

 TsAGI (Russia) Invitation "NEW GENERATION" Program - Funded opportunity!

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16-21 July 2017

Young specialists of IFAR member organizations are invited to participate in the "NEW GENERATION" program in Moscow from 16-21 July 2017. TsAGI (Russia) supported by "ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO" Federal Agency, is planning to organize the visit of the young specialists in aeronautics to Russia during the INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW "MAKS 2017" (Moscow region, Zhukovsky). The Russian side shall cover all the expenses with regard to the visit, including:

  • Flight to and from Moscow (economy class)
  • Pick-up at the airport and transfer to the hotel
  • Moscow hotel accommodation (4-5 nights), two-star hotel, individual single rooms
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Transportation to the places of events (activities)
  • Participation in the Eurasian Aerospace Congress 2017
  • "MAKS 2017" tickets
  • Some cultural ctivities
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport
  • Visa supports, invitations

To express interest in nomination for this opportunity by your participating IFAR member organization, please reach out to NASA IFAR ECN coordinator Rebecca Vieyra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to determine your appropriate point of contact for making the nomination. Nominators should then contact Fedor Simonov (TsAGI) and Olivia Drescher-Schewenzfeier (DLR) by 13 March 2017.

Prior ECN Events

See recordings of all virtual sessions here.

2017

  • Virtual Session: Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics PhD Research Symposium, VKI, 3 March 2017
  • Virtual Session: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Activities within ONERA, ONERA, 27 February 2017

2016

  • Face to Face: Tour of Johnson Space Center, USA
  • Face to Face: Mentoring Session at AIAA Conference, USA
  • Face to Face: Young Researcher Conference at the IFAR Summit, South Korea
  • Virtual Session: AIRCAST - A Model Suite for the Next Generation of Aviation Scenarios, DLR, 26 August 2016
  • Virtual Session: Composites, Ceramics, and Coatings: Game-Changing Materials for the Next Generation of Turbine Engines, NASA, 18 May 2016
  • Virtual Session: 21st Century Aviation Challenges: 47th Annual Meeting of Japan Society of Aeronautical and Space Sciences, JAXA/NASA, 15 April 2016
  • Virtual Session: Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics PhD Research Symposium, VKI, 3 March 2016

2015

  • Face to Face: Young Researcher Conference at the IFAR Summit, Moffett Field, USA, October 2015
  • Virtual Session: Alternative Fuels Virtual Gathering, NRC/TsAGI, 16 September 2015
  • Virtual Session: Air Traffic Management, JAXA/NASA, 20 May 2015
  • Virtual Session: Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics PhD Research Symposium, VKI, 13 March 2015
  • Virtual Session: 3rd International Conference on Buckling and Postbuckling Behavior of Laminated Shell Structures with DESICOS Workshop, DLR, 25 March 2015

2014

  • Face to Face: Young Researcher Conference at the IFAR Summit, Zhuhai, China
  • Virtual Session: IFAR Kickoff, DLR/NASA, 21 August 2014

2013

  •  Face to Face: Young Researcher Conference at the IFAR Summit, Russia