Michel Van Tooren

Professor of Aerospace Systems Design and Structures, College of Engineering and Computing of the University of South Carolina
Director, Ronald E. McN
AIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research


Michel van Tooren is Professor Aerospace Systems Design and Structures at the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) of the University of South Carolina and director of the Ronald E. McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research. Michel has a BSc, MSc and PhD in Aerospace Engineering and joined CEC in September 2013. Before joining USC he worked for Fokker Aerostructures in the Netherlands as Manager New Concept Development. He combined this position in industry with a part-time appointment at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of the Delft University of Technology. Prior to that, he worked ten years as professor Systems Integration Aircraft at the same University, building a group specialized in Aircraft Design, Flight Mechanics and Multi-disciplinary Design Optimization. This group became well-known for its work in MDO, Aircraft Design, KBE and Truck Aerodynamics. He combined the research activities with a position in the management team of the faculty of Aerospace Engineering as vice dean.

All this followed a previous ten years of research, education and innovation in design of composite structures. His research focus at CEC is on design and manufacture of composites structures. In addition he serves as the Program Director Aerospace Engineering Studies for CEC. As of August 16, 2015 he was appointed as SmartState endowed chair in the Center for Multifunctional Materials and Structures. He will continue his roles in the McNAIR Center.