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Bruno Monsarrat is the Group Leader for ARIMS at the National Research Council. He’s been a CASI member since 2005.
What is your most memorable CASI experience so far?
My most memorable experience took place during the AERO conference that was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal back in 2015. After months of preparation with the organizing committee, I was thrilled by the resulting venue of the Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies Symposium and AERO’15 conference as a whole. The quality of the keynote speakers, technical presenters and the active participation of the delegates made this event a success beyond my expectations!
What’s the highest altitude and speed you’ve reached?
Highest altitude and speed was in jet airliners to and from Europe.
What is your current job?
I am currently responsible for the Automation, Robotics and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems research group of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). The research group is part of NRC’s aerospace portfolio and our laboratory is located on the University of Montreal campus. Since the fall of 2016, I have also been serving as a Technical Leader of the Advanced Robotics and Mechatronic Systems (ARMS) thrust of NRC’s Factory of the Future Flagship Program.
What is the favourite moment of your career thus far?
The successful deployment, back in 2014, of a set of innovative robotic calibration and real-time control technologies used for the Friction Stir Welding assembly of aerostructures at the facility of a large aerospace manufacturer. Although the project was conducted under stringent confidentiality requirements that limited us to showcase this work publicly, we are a group of researchers and engineers at NRC who share a huge pride for this achievement.
What was your childhood dream job?
To become an Engineer like my father. I studied mechatronics at the same Engineering School in Strasbourg, France where he had studied Civil Engineering 25 years before.
Guilty pleasure: what can you not live without?
Building Lego sets with my 7-year old son. Some suspect that I offer him the sets that I would like for myself. I do not understand why…
Who would you like to see play the lead role if Hollywood made a movie of your life?
Roy Dupuis. Beyond his acclaimed career as an actor, I admire the strength of his engagement towards the preservation of the majestic rivers of Northern Quebec and Canada.
What is your favourite Aero or Astro activity?
The Speaker Events organized by the Quebec branch of CASI. Branch Chair Ms. Tamara Barbouti and her team are doing a fantastic job organizing regular networking and training events. I would strongly recommend to any aerospace professional in the Greater Montreal area to follow their activities through their LinkedIn and Facebook pages.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever been offered?
When I was pursuing my graduate research work at the Laval University Robotics Laboratory, my supervisor Prof. Clément Gosselin stressed the importance of achieving the desired functionalities in robotic systems using what he referred to as mechanical intelligence. This approach allows achieving the required performance intrinsically by design, thus simplifying the complexity in the electronics and software components of the robotic system. We have successfully applied this system design philosophy in several of our projects at NRC Aerospace.
Where would you like to go that you haven’t been yet?
Fly fishing for trophy Atlantic Salmon in the large and wild emerald rivers of Norway. The crystal clear rivers of New Zealand’s South Island arrive 2nd on my bucket list.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
What decision in your life would you most like to change and why?
The completion of my graduate research works in 2001 left me with what turned to be the most difficult decision in my professional career to date. I was torn between the possibilities of initiating my career either in the field of surgical robotics, a professional opportunity that would have required that I leave the Province of Quebec, or a career in the field of aerospace robotics. Although I do not regret the career path that I chose, I wondered a few times what my life would have resembled if I had made a different decision.