2022 Short Course on Electric VTOL Design

2022 Short Course on Electric VTOL Design

Online | Tues., Feb. 8 and Wed., Feb 9, 2022 | 10 am - 2 pm EST
Cost: US$400.00/pp ($100 for full-time students) 
Instructor: Dr. James Wang

02/14/2022 Update: Students can download the course materials (Modules 1-8) at the bottom of this page with the password provided in previous emails.

Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing aircraft – or eVTOL – are aircraft propelled by electric power and capable of carrying people. There has been a dramatic resurgence of interest in these aircraft, driven by advances in electric-propulsion, digital manufacturing, high-fidelity simulations, and drone technologies (mobile computing and deep-learning). However, man-rated aircraft are more complex than drones, and require more than a clever combination of scaled-up components from consumer electronics and automobiles. Maturation of eVTOL into a safe, sound, and sensible aircraft require a clear understanding of rotary-wing fundamentals, principles of enabling technologies and timely resolution of its major barriers. The objective of this course is to introduce these fundamentals, technologies and barriers.

Taught by Dr. James Wang, this course provides an overview of the unique design challenges and opportunities of this new class of vehicles. Both electric and hybrid-electric passenger-carrying vertical flight aircraft will be covered for a variety of missions ranging from personal/private use to urban air taxis to regional electric VTOL bizjets.

Students are given insights from an industry expert on developing eVTOL aircraft from the beginning to the end of the project: from how to conduct a conceptual study, configuration trade, preliminary design and detail design, to finding partners, manufacturing, assembling, bench testing, flight testing, and certification, to conducting scheduling & cost estimation. The course also covers the state of the art in several technology areas, such as batteries, motors and hybridization.

Who should take the course: Aerospace engineers interested in understanding the opportunities and constraints of designing VTOL aircraft using electric power. Electrical / mechanical engineers interested in better understanding VTOL aircraft design. Business and marketing people interested in eVTOL and UAM.

Instructor's Bio:

Dr. James Wang has over 30 years of experience in aerospace and high-tech industries. He is an internationally renowned expert in eVTOL aircraft and Advanced Air Mobility. In 2013, WIRED Magazine named Dr. Wang “The Steve Jobs of Rotorcraft” for his ability to think “outside the box” and pushing the transportation technology boundaries for inventing and designing the AgustaWestland Project Zero, the world’s first all-electric VTOL technology demonstrator aircraft.

James Wang (portrait)

Dr. Wang has held many executive leadership positions, including as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of R&D at Leonardo Helicopters; led Strategic Sales and worked on numerous helicopter designs at Sikorsky Aircraft. He is the founder of Vtolwerke LLC which provides consulting services in advanced air mobility, eVTOL aircraft designing and problem solving, product development strategizing, and due diligence studies. Dr. Wang is currently a full professor teaching aircraft and eVTOL design.

Dr. Wang received his Bachelor’s degrees in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering and in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from M.I.T., and a Master’s and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland. After completing his PhD, Dr. Wang started his career at Sikorsky Aircraft, where he is known as one of the most energetic and prolific engineers and managers; he contributed greatly to the Comanche, Black Hawk, Naval Hawk, S-92 and the Variable Diameter Tiltrotor programs.

Dr. Wang has the rare talent to combine technical knowledge with business thinking and bringing people to collaborate to achieve common goals. At Sikorsky Aircraft, Dr. Wang also led strategic business campaigns. His deep technical knowledge and astute leadership led to the successful winning of two of the largest international helicopter sales contracts in history, each worth over one billion dollars. Dr. Wang has a Master’s from the M.I.T. Sloan Business School, and an Executive Business Training Diploma from the London Imperial College Business School.

In 2007, Dr. Wang joined AgustaWestland as the Vice President of Research & Development, reporting directly to the CEO. Dr. Wang created a comprehensive technology roadmap and initiated many pioneering research. He established three University Research Centers in Europe and one Think Tank in Japan. In 2015, Dr. Wang was invited to become the Senior Vice President of Marketing & Customer Services, responsible for the global marketing strategy of all AgustaWestland helicopter products at Leonardo Helicopters. He is one of the founding board members and served seven years on the board of the multi-billion euros EU CleanSky programs.

Dr. Wang is invited to teach technical and business courses and give keynote lectures in US, Europe, Australia and Asia, and he has written over 40 technical papers. He holds many patents and major international awards, including Honorary Fellow of VFS, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, UTC Gold Mead Award, AHS Fellow, AHS Grover Bell Award, M.I.T. Luis de Florez Award, NASA Research Award, Finmeccanica Innovation Grand Prize, Italian National Innovation Grand Prize, and the coveted Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Team Award.


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