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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


    Fundamentals of Composite Structure Design



    Course Instructor:

    Dr. Rikard Benton Heslehurst is a former aeronautical engineering officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). During his 16 years military service Rik was in-charge of the RAAF Material and Process Engineering Section and earlier an airworthiness engineer on the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. Currently Rik is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Aerospace, Civil and Mechanical Engineering of the University College, UNSW at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW@ADFA). At UNSW@ADFA Rik lectures in aircraft design, airframe design and analysis, structural joining methods, damage analysis and repair design, and composite structural design. His research interests follow similar lines. Rik is currently a consultant engineer for Abaris Training - Reno NV, Raytheon Australia and DARcorp – Lawrence, KS, he has also consulted for Advanced Composites, NASA, USAF, Bombardier Aerospace, Australia Space and Safety Office and Orbital Science. He has conducted engineering short courses for NASA Marshall and Goddard Space Flight Centres, Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works, USAF Academy, Royal Australian Navy, USAF Wright Patterson Laboratories, Boeing Australia, Bombardier Aerospace, Honeywell Systems and Sandia National Laboratories. Rik has a Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical) degree, with Honours, and a Master of Engineering degree, both from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and he also has a PhD from the UNSW. Rik is a Charted Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, Australia, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of SAMPE, and a Senior Member of the American Institute Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is also a member of SAE, ACSS, EAA and the Spitfire Association.