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 us by completing this simple form, and we will add you to our network announcements list and regularly inform you of upcoming opportunities to get involved. Virtual activities are always open to the general public.
  2. Register with 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 gatherings 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.

[DOWNLOAD A FLIER] about the IFAR Early Career Network and [WATCH A VIDEO] about the benefits of IFARlink!


Face-to-Face Gatherings

IFAR ECN Tour of NASA Kennedy Space Center (in conjunction with AIAA SciTech 2018)

January 12, 2018 

Registration: Download and complete this form before November 30, 2017. Return to Paul Dees at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Description: Early Career Network members from International Forum of Aviation Research (IFAR) member organizations are invited to attend a tour of selected facilities at NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) with an optional stop at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex located in Titusville, Florida, on the Friday, January 12, 2018. More tour details will be posted here soon!

Transportation: Transportation from the Orlando area (AIAA SciTech location) to NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Copmlex in Titusville will not be provided. From the Gaylord Palms, which is the location of AIAA SciTech, NASA Kennedy Space Center is approximately one hour (depending on traffic) by car.
Tour attendees must make their own travel arrangements. If you are interested in ride sharing with other early careers attending the tour or have any questions or concerns regarding the tour, please post a question under the "Discussion" tab on this page or email Paul Dees (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The tour is organized by the IFAR Early Career Network.


Virtual Gatherings 


GPU-accelerated CFD Simulations for Turbomachinery Design Optimization

December 13, 2017 

14:00 - 15:00 Central European Time

Registration: [Register Here]

Presenter: Mohamed H. Aissa, von Karman Institute

Abstract: Speedups of GPU-accelerated CFD applications are ranging from to two orders of magnitude. These accelerations are however severely criticized by some reasoners highlighting a set of limitations for the GPU and judging the reported large speeds as artificially inflated. Under these discordances of case-dependent and sometimes contradicting speedups, it is difficult to estimate a plausible GPU acceleration for a new application. The objective of this doctoral thesis is, therefore, to make the GPU potential for transparent to the design optimization community and CFD users in general.

In order to study the GPU acceleration for CFD steady simulations, two in-house CFD solvers have been ported to the GPU; one with explicit and the second with implicit time-stepping. After the porting and validation of the GPU solvers, the GPU code optimization led to the classification of common CFD operations based on the degree of exposed parallelism. At the same time, both methods have been compared resulting into a performance model based on CFD convergence. Moreover, this work identified serious limitations in the preconditioning of a linear system of equations and the limit of today's iterative matrix factorization methods in terms of stability and convergence.

The developed tools have been used for the optimization of a compressor and a turbine cascade resulting in a faster optimization process on the GPU.

Biography: Mohamed H. Aissa graduated as an aerospace engineering from the University of Stuttgart with a specialization in CFD and Control Engineering. He then moved to the von Karman Institute in Brussels to work on a project about accelerating steady CFD simulations for turbomachinery optimization. During this project he was active in validating CFD simulation, writing and optimizing GPU code and running aerodynamic shape optimization for compressor and turbine blades. Last October he got his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from TU Delft in Netherlands.

Right now, M. Aissa is active on using GPU to accelerate Kriging interpolation used as a surrogate model within the turbomachinery optimization in-house tool of VKI. Moreover, he is interested in making wider use of the GPU potential for applications in other fields such as PIV post-processing.

Please contact Alina Eskridge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to feature your or another's work.

Prior ECN Events

See recordings of all virtual sessions here.


Virtual Session: From Invention to Patent by Jason Davis, NRC Canada, 23 August 2017

Face to Face: TsAGI (Russia) "NEW GENERATION" Program at MAKS 2017, Participant Page: [New Generation MAKS 2017]  (if not logged into IFARlink, scroll below the dashboard to access page's content)

Virtual Session: VKI Graduate Student Master Thesis Symposium, 29 June 2017

Face to Face: ONERA Paris Air Show 2017, 17-23 June 2017

Virtual Session: JAXA Research and Design of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for a Disaster Risk Reduction, JAXA, 14 June 2017

Virtual Session: 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, 24 May 2017

Virtual Session: Prototype Design and Computational Fluid Dynamics by Alexandru Persinaru, INCAS, 19 April 2017

Virtual Session: Real-Time Safety Monitoring and Prediction in the National Airspace by Matthew Daigle, NASA, 22 March 2017

Virtual Session: Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics PhD Research Symposium by various speakers, VKI, 3 March 2017

Virtual Session: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Activities within ONERA, ONERA, 27 February 2017


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


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


Face to Face: Young Researcher Conference at the IFAR Summit, Zhuhai, China

Virtual Session: IFAR Kickoff, DLR/NASA, 21 August 2014


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