In my childhood, I always dreamed of becoming an astronaut. This was amplified by my attraction to the beauty of mathematical equations and of the scientific principles that govern flight...I am attracted to [the] academic freedom to invent and innovate.
LEO DANIEL - Prof. of Aerospace Engineering / Provost College of Engineering and Technology, Kwara State University
Visiting Professor 2008-2009
Hosted by the Department of Aeronautics
Leonard Daniel is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Provost of the College of Engineering and Technology at Kwara State University in Nigeria. Research focus: RLV design and systems integration, composite materials, impact and damage tolerance, ballistic and blast protection, structural dynamics, structural health monitoring, design of integrated structures, smart structures and active materials.
This course is offered for graduate students who are interested in the interdisciplinary study of bio-inspired structures. The intent is to introduce students to newly inspired modern advanced structures and their applications. It aims to link traditional advanced composites to bio-inspired structures and to discuss their generic properties. A link between materials design, strength and structural behavior at different levels (material, element, structural and system levels) is made. For each level, various concepts will be introduced. The importance of structural, dynamic, thermodynamic and kinetic theories related to such processing is highlighted. The pedagogy is based on active learning and a balance of guest lectures and hands-on activities.
Leonard Daniel is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Provost of the College of Engineering and Technology at Kwara State University in Nigeria. His research focus is: RLV design and systems integration, composite materials, impact and damage tolerance, ballistic and blast protection, structural dynamics, structural health monitoring, design of integrated structures, smart structures and active materials (intelligent structures, nanomaterials, and bio-inspired structures).
He earned an MSc in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1990 from the Soviet Academy of Science and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering in 2000 from University of London, Queen Mary and Imperial College. Honors: Fellow of UK Royal Aeronautical Society; Fellow of Institute of Materials of Materials, UK; Associate Fellow: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and European Professional Engineer (Eur. Ing.): FEANI, Europe
Prof. Daniel was a visiting professor at the University of California-Berkeley before being appointed MLK Visiting Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, where he taught a course on bio-inspired structures.