I received my undergraduate degree in engineering from Cambridge University and did an exchange program with MIT for aerospace engineering before finishing my masters at Cambridge. I went to Stanford University to receive my PhD in aerospace engineering. At Stanford, my research was focused on aerodynamics and my professors excelled in that area. Aerospace was attractive to me because it is a combination of math, science and art. I believe there is an elegance in this field.
I had the opportunity to meet Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino when he came to speak at Stanford. I learned more about the HondaJet during this time and it seemed like a very exciting place to work. My professors at Stanford were impressed that a new aircraft company was created from scratch as it was the only organization to do so in the past 50 years. I was attracted to the level of innovation and unconventional ideas. I understand this took a lot of courage and am grateful to work for a company that has the culture to undertake challenges and add new value to the aviation industry. Looking at the industry as a whole, not many companies have as much promise as Honda Aircraft Company when it comes to aircraft design. I believe this is the best opportunity for a young person embarking on their career. I considered several opportunities before graduating and Honda Aircraft was an easy choice for me.
Currently, I serve as the flight sciences manager for the company. In this role, I am in charge of aerodynamic projects, stability control design and flutter, among other projects. I was also in charge of the aircraft’s performance for the HondaJet Elite project. To me, the HondaJet is a symbol of new ideas, opportunity and promise. I’ve been at Honda Aircraft Company for about six years now and feel privileged to be in my position. I have the support here to make decisions based on my understanding and analysis of the design of the aircraft. As an aircraft designer, the best you can hope for is having the company’s trust while you make major decisions.
My advice to young professionals is to follow your passion and you will lead a fulfilling, challenging career. My advice for aspiring engineers is to focus on the fundamental principles and basics. You’ll deal with a lot of challenging problems and each time you get in one of those situations, it is important to return to the basics and from there increase your analysis.