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Technical Committee

(To be confirmed)


The Technical Committee for IASSA 2016 is convened by Dr Glen Snedden.


Glen SneddenDr Glen Snedden PrEng MRAeS
Dr Snedden is the Research Group Leader for Air Power applications with the CSIR's Aeronautical Systems Competency. He completed his PhD at Durham University in the UK specialising in turbomachinery aerodynamics and his undergraduate and MSc degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the then University of Natal, specialising in turbine heat transfer. In his 20 year career at the CSIR he has worked with a variety of international engine manufacturers and participated in two EU FP research projects. He is the National Representative to the International Society for Air Breathing Engines, technical advisor to the dti's Aerospace Industry Support Initiative and is an extraordinary lecturer at the University of Pretoria. He is the current President of the Aeronautical Society of South Africa.

Des Barker

Gen Des Barker (Retired), is manager for aeronautic's research at the Defence, Peace Safety and Security business unit of the CSIR.  Des is responsible for oversight of the national aeronautics research strategy and the provision of aeronautical research technologies for the South African Air Force, more particularly, technological support to Air Operations and with 32 years experience as a military experimental test pilot.

Laurent Dala

Prof Laurent Dala is Head of Aeronautical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is graduated for the French Grandes Ecoles, ESTP in 1988 and ESTA in 1989. He received a PhD in Aerodynamics from the University of Manchester (UK) in 1997 and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), Chartered Engineer, European Chartered Engineer (Eur-Ing), Member of the Aerodynamics Specialist Group of the Royal Aeronautical Society. For the last 20 years, he has developed an International experience in aerospace Industry and research working as a Senior Aerodynamicist at ONERA (France); Chief Aerodynamicist and Deputy Head of Flight Science Division at CargoLifter (Germany); Aerodynamics Specialist at Institut AéroTechnique (IAT/CNAM); and at the Aircraft Research Association Ltd (UK). This has allowed him to have close association with notable Eastern European institutes like TsAGI (Russia) and the Warsaw University of Technology. He also served as Chairman of the Advisory Group for the European Project New Aircraft Concepts Research (NACRE) European Commission Framework Programme for the past 5 years.
Mike Brooks is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and the leader of the UKZN Aerospace Systems Research Group. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Universities of Natal and Stellenbosch respectively. His research interests include rocket propulsion, principally hybrid systems, and solar radiometry. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the Terrestrial Energy Systems Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Madeleine L Combrinck Madeleine Combrinck is a former Naval Engineering Officer with the South African Navy. Madeleine is currently a CFD specialist at Flamengro, a division of Armscor R&D SOC Ltd. She holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Stellenbosch University and is currently completing a PhD through the University of Pretoria. She is both a council member of the AeSSA and the South African Ballistic Organisation.
Kevin JamisonKevin Jamison is an aeronautical and systems engineer with 22 years of experience in the aerospace, avionics and nuclear industries.  He obtained his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand and an honours degree in structural dynamics from the University of Pretoria.
He spent 6 years at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) working on aeroelasticity and store separation analyses.  He worked at Epsilon Engineering Services for 4 years providing modelling and simulation support for the Rooivalk attack helicopter project (Mokopa anti-tank missile and 70 mm rocket systems) and for the development of a new family of aircraft bombs for the South African Air Force (SAAF).  He moved to Denel (now Airbus) Optronics in 2003, initially as a qualification engineer for stabilised optical turrets installed on helicopters. He became the chief systems engineer of the helmet display system for the Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft in a joint project with Sagem.  
He joined the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project in 2006 as a systems engineer developing unique on-line nuclear fuel identification and burn-up measurement systems.  After the termination of the PBMR project, he rejoined the CSIR Aeronautical Systems Competency in 2010 as a principal engineer where he develops technology demonstrators, leads aircraft weapons integration projects and provides modelling and simulation support for the SAAF.  
Prof Thomas Jones serves as Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University.
After receiving his BEng and MScEng degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Stellenbosch University (SU) Prof Jones started his aerospace career at Aerotek (a division of the CSIR) and SU as a missile navigation and guidance system analyst. He relocated to the USA to join the CS Draper/MIT Technology Development Partnership Programme and was appointed as manager of the development programme whilst completing his PhD at MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has more than 15 years of experience designing and building innovative practical solutions to aerospace control challenges on aircraft and missiles of various sizes, types and configurations. Prof Jones currently leads a team of 30 graduate students and academic staff specialising in aircraft and unmanned system automation at Stellenbosch University.
He has forged strong research partnerships with many local and international organisations, including Airbus, Armscor, Denel, the CSIR, the National Aerospace Centre and local and international universities. In 2008 he co-founded S-Plane Automation, where he currently serves as director, a company successfully specialising in the development of high-end aircraft avionics and automation sub-systems serving the international market.
Prof. Jones is inter alia a member of IFAC’s Technical Committee on Aerospace, an Associate-Editor of Control Engineering Practice and a member of the Executive Committee of the South African Council for Automatic Control.
Mauro MorelliDr Anton Maneschijnis a senior lecturer in mechanical engineering design at the University of Johannesburg, which he joined in July 2013. Prior to UJ, he was a consulting engineer in the South African Air Force where he was involved in the establishing of a military aviation regulating authority.  He started his aeronautical career with a B.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, after which he did external ballistics work with Naschem, authored an experimental aircraft design book, carried out aircraft development and airworthiness work, and contributed to civil aviation legislation and policies.  While in the Air Force, he obtained a Wits University Masters degree in aeronautical engineering with a dissertation on engineering policy in the SAAF.  In 2010 he received a Ph.D from Stellenbosch University for a thesis on airworthiness criteria for unmanned aircraft systems.  
Mauro MorelliMauro Morelli, Aeronautical Engineer. Graduated at the University of Pisa, Italy in Aerospace Engineering. Career spans 25 years at the CSIR wind tunnels initially in Transonic Aerodynamic testing followed by Supersonic aerodynamics testing in the CSIR HSWT with more than 10 years involvement in testing of Ramjet inlet performance both isolates and installed. He became facility manager of the MSWT in the late nineties. In the 2004 he took a sabbatical from the CSIR to take up a position as transonic testing consultant at Alenia-Aermacchi in Northern Italy where he led the transonic Store Carriage tests of the Aermacchi M346 at NLR in the Netherlands, dynamic rotating-balance tests at the Aermacchi subsonic tunnel and the dynamic derivative testing of the same aircraft at the ONERA Lille Subsonic tunnels. Upon his return to the CSIR he was appointed the Experimental Aerodynamics Research Group Leader and Head of the wind tunnel facilities at the Aeronautic Systems Competency of the CSIR.