Dr. Muneer Bakhsh

CEO, CDC Middle East

Eng. Muneer has large experience, around 30 years, in aircraft industry. He was born in Al-Madina, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 1999, he obtained his bachelor and master degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida, USA in the field of engineering and design of aircrafts. His excellence in the field of design of aircraft bodies from composite materials enabled spending 27 years working in USA for several leading aircraft companies.

Eng. Muneer has several leading positions in several companies such as:

  • In last quarter of 2019, he was appointed by the public investment fund organization as the deputy-chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Saudi aircraft preparation and maintenance company (GDC Middle East), which is one of the public investment fund companies that was established to transfer aircraft industry to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Also, he was appointed as deputy-chairman for Middle East Propulsion Company (MEPC), one of the economic balance program companies.
  • He was appointed in USA by Boeing to design horizontal stabilizers for the aircraft (Boeing 787), Honda to design fuselage of Honda jet and Gulfstream for aircrafts to design winglet for aircraft (Gulfstream-G500/600).
  • Among his biography in the field of designing aircrafts, he established two companies in USA to design aircraft and he also present a patent in the field.
  • Upon his arrival to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2016, he was appointed at the Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (TAQNIA), at which he established a factory for aircraft bodies at King Khaled international airport. Then, he moved to Saudi Arabia Military Industries (SAMI) Company to work as general director of air systems.


Prof. Wesley Cantwell

Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Director of the Aerospace Research and Innovation Center
Khalifa University

Professor WESLEY CANTWELL is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and the Director of the Aerospace Research and Innovation Center at Khalifa University. He was awarded his MSc (1982) and PhD (1985) degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, London. Following his graduate studies, he joined the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL) Switzerland where he worked for nine years as a research scientist. He then joined the University of Liverpool where he worked as a Lecturer, Reader and Professor until joining Khalifa University 2012. During this time he directed a research group focusing on the mechanical properties of lightweight materials and structures. He has published 230 journal papers on composites, fracture, manufacturing technologies and non-destructive testing. He is a member of the editorial board of a number of international journals, including Composites Science and Technology and the International Journal of Impact Engineering.

Prof. Pedro Camanho

Full Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Porto
President of the Associated Laboratory in Energy, Transportation and Aeronautics (LAETA)
Vice-President of INEGI.

Pedro Camanho (MSc in Mechanical Engineering, UPorto, 1995) received his PhD in Composite Materials from the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London, UK, in 1999. In the same year he joined the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management (INEGI – www.inegi.up.pt) as Director of the Structural Integrity Unit and the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Porto as Assistant Professor. Since 2014 he has been Full Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Porto. Pedro Camanho is currently the President of the Associated Laboratory in Energy, Transportation and Aeronautics (LAETA), and the Vice-President of INEGI.

The main research interests of Pedro Camanho are the mechanics of deformation and fracture of advanced polymer composite materials, and new concepts for lightweight composite materials and structures for aerospace applications such as hybrid, nano-structured, multi-functional, variable-stiffness, energy-storage and ultra-thin composites.

Pedro Camanho is member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Solids and Structures (Elsevier), Composites Part A (Elsevier), European Journal of Computational Mechanics (Taylor & Francis), and Computers, Materials and Continua (Tech Science Press). He was invited to give several plenary lectures: 7th EUROMECH Solid Mechanics Conference (2009), International Conference of Composite Structures – ICCS (2009, 2011 and 2013), Composites Testing and Model Identification Conference – CompTest (2013), Conference on Numerical Methods in Engineering – CMN (2007 and 2013), Spanish Conference on Fracture Mechanics (2012), Spanish Conference on Composite Materials (2011), 5th ECCOMAS International Conference on Computational Modeling of Fracture and Failure of Materials and Structures (2017), 5th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on the Mechanical Response of Composites (2017). Pedro Camanho also presented a plenary lecture at the 2013 EADS Composite/Metallic Days Conference in France.

Pedro Camanho was the chairman of the 3rd Composites Testing and Model Identification Conference – CompTest (2006) and of the 1st ECCOMAS Conference on the Mechanical Response of Composites (2007).

Between 2000-2011 Pedro Camanho was a Visiting Scientist at NASA-Langley Research Center, and in 1999 was a Visiting Scientist at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. He was a Royal Society Visiting Professor at Imperial College London (2005) and a Visiting Professor at the Laboratoire de Mécanique et Technologie, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan – Université Paris-Saclay (2014).

Pedro Camanho coordinated several research projects funded by the European Space Agency, Airbus, NASA, Embraer, Daimler AG, Aernnova, European Union, FCT, and US Air Force. He presented invited seminars at several Universities, including Stanford University, MIT, Imperial College London, University of Bristol, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, TU Delft, TU Munich, University of Limerick, Oxford University, EPF Lausanne, Monash University, Université Catholique de Louvain, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, TU Eindhoven, ENS-LMT Cachan, Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi, Chalmers University, KU Leuven, and Cambridge University.

Pedro Camanho is the recipient of the 2006 NASA H.J.E. Reid Award for Outstanding Scientific Paper, of the 2005 Young Researcher in Applied and Computational Mechanics Award from the Portuguese Association of Theoretical, Applied and Computational Mechanics, the 2005-2009 Engineering Fracture Mechanics Most Cited Articles Award, and the 2016 Mechanics of Materials Highly Cited Research Award. He also received the 2020 Excellence in Research Award of the University of Porto.

Pedro Camanho has published over 140 papers in international peer reviewed journals that received over 12,500 independent citations (Scopus h-index of 55, independent citations). His work has been successfully transferred to the industry and services: finite elements implemented by ABAQUS (Dassault Systèmes), materials models implemented in LS-DYNA and MSC-NASTRAN (Digimat), failure criteria in HYPERSIZER, ESACOMP and ANSYS, and test methods that are used by both the automotive and aeronautical industries.

Pedro Camanho is member of the Advisory Board of the European Mechanics Society (EUROMECH), of the Council of the European Society for Composite Materials (ESCM), and of the Engineering Panel of the European Research Council (ERC). In 2020 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (https://www.aerosociety.com/).

Pedro Camanho was Director of the MIT-Portugal Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (EDAM) focus area doctoral program in Leaders for Technological Industries. He is currently Director of the Space-Earth Interactions area of the UT Austin-Portugal Program.

Pedro Camanho is External Examiner of the MSc in Composite Materials course from the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London. He is the chairman of the Independent Advisory Board of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites of the University of Bristol. Pedro Camanho is member of the Programme Committee of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS).

Prof. Pedro da Costa

Assistant Professor of Material Science and Engineering,

Dr. Pedro M. F. J. Costa is an Assistant Professor of the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Carbon Nanostructures (KAUST).

Previously, he held an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at the University of Aveiro (UA), Portugal, and co-founded a start-up, Graphene Crystal, Saudi Arabia. Before that, he was a Junior Research Group Leader at UA while also collaborating has an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow with the IFW-Dresden, Germany. Dr. Costa worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan, and at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy of the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK). His graduate studies were carried out under the supervision of Prof. Malcolm L. H. Green FRS, at the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK. He is a member of various acknowledged scientific societies such as the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the Royal Microscopical Society and the Materials Research Society. He is an active committee member of the RSC Interest Group – Chemical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Dr. Costa has co-authored numerous scientific papers and communications and he is a regular reviewer for major scientific journals in matters related to electron microscopy and carbon nanostructures. He has received several awards such as the Japan Carbon Award for Young Researchers and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers.

Presently, Dr. Costa’s research interests focus on carbon nanostructures, from synthesis to applications, and electron microscopy. He is engaged in understanding how to optimise the use of carbon-based materials in the fields of energy storage/conversion, gas uptake and civil engineering. Besides this, he also investigates metrology of carbon materials.