James Forbes - University of Michigan
July 31, 2014, 2 p.m. - July 31, 2014, 3 p.m.
James Richard Forbes received his B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (Honours, Co-op) from the University of Waterloo in 2006. While attending the University of Waterloo James participated in the co-op program; James had the opportunity to work in the manufacturing, automotive, rail, and industrial automation (robotics) industries. James was awarded his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) in 2008 and 2011, respectively. He was awarded the G. N. Patterson Award for the most outstanding Ph.D. thesis in 2011. From May 2011 to August 2013 James was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. While at McGill University he was also an associate member of the Centre for Intelligent Machines. James is currently an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. The focus of his research is the dynamics and control of aerospace systems including large flexible space structures, spacecraft, unconventional Mars rovers, and high-altitude balloons.