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Max Kang is an Engineering student at the University of Alberta. He is currently on a co-op assignment with Coanda Research and Development in Edmonton, Alberta. Max is one of our newest members, having joined CASI in October, 2016.
What is your most memorable CASI experience so far?
I joined CASI in October 2016 with the hope of connecting to other professionals working in the Aeronautical and Aerospace industries and I hope to attend the CASI AERO 2017 conference in May. I am in the process of starting up a student branch at the University of Alberta to promote student interest in aerospace industry and build a community of support.
What’s the highest altitude and speed you’ve reached?
I flew in a Cessna 152 a few times before I started university. I believe it would’ve been somewhere close to 5,000 ft. and 200km/h. I couldn’t afford to complete my flight training back then so I’m hoping the income from my co-op job will enable me to continue flight training soon.
What is the favourite moment of your career thus far?
The favorite moment in my career has been in realizing that there are other students who share the same vision as me. When I see project members taking an initiative and really giving their best effort to the project, it’s really rewarding and that keeps me motivated.
What was your childhood dream job?
My childhood dream job was in fact to become a singer, then a pilot who flies and sings in his free time. Now, I am leading a university group to design and build Alberta’s first all-electric aircraft to carry humans. We named ourselves “ZeroPlane”.
Guilty pleasure: what can you not live without?
I cannot live without the support of my family and my project members. I would not have come this far without their support.
If Hollywood made a movie of your life; who would you like to see play the lead role?
I would like Leonardo DiCaprio to play the lead role. Even as a celebrity, he has been quite involved and making contributions in activities that support sustainable energy development. Like him, I would like to be someone who has the will to address important issues all around the world.
What is your favourite Aero or Astro activity?
I am really excited to hear about the numerous attempts at electrification of aircraft in the aerospace industry (i.e. Airbus E-fan) all around the world. It was a little disappointing to see there isn’t a lot of effort in Canada. In response to that, I initiated my project with other students at the University of Alberta.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever been offered?
“There are no limitations to the mind except those you acknowledge”.
Where would you like to go that you haven’t been yet?
Since I immigrated to Canada from South Korea 4 years ago, I have not had a chance to travel to Ontario. For my graduate study, I am planning on attending the University of Toronto in order to meet with like-minded individuals and investigate non-conventional aircraft concepts for General Aviation and business aircraft.
What decision in your life would you most like to change and why?
I could not think of any decision that I would like to change. However, at times I wonder if I spend too little time with my family at the expense of project work. I would like to keep this in mind going forward.