Director, Research & Technology, Composites
Dr. Michel van Tooren, PhD, is the director of Research and Technology, Composite Materials, for Collins Aerospace. His research interests include design automation, knowledge-based engineering, alternative aircraft concepts, composite aircraft fuselages, aircraft certification, systems engineering and road vehicle aerodynamics. Prior to joining Collins Aerospace, van Tooren served as the SmartState Endowed Chair in Multifunctional Materials and Structures at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) as well as the director of the university’s McNair Aerospace Center. In both positions, van Tooren led numerous UofSC-corporate research projects in aerospace, advanced materials and 3D printing. His career began with Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he served as a professor of Systems Integration Aircraft for 25 years.