The BRAC University (BRACU) brought in an invitation a senior engineer, Dr Ashraf Ali, who is working at the Boeing Company to talk on the "Essential Aspects of Aircraft Design and Analysis" at the university auditorium in the city on Thursday, according to a press release.
Vice-Chancellor of BRACU Prof Dr Syed Saad Andaleeb presented the introduction, reiterating the need for students to look beyond their classrooms and certificates to take note of the changing world and the competitions it presents.
He asked students to write an essay on what they learned from the programme, offering Tk 5,000 for the one adjudged to be the best by Dr Ashraf. Moreover, he said BRACU would bear airfare if any student achieves an internship at Boeing.
Dr Ashraf started off by urging students to build their foundation, as he had done during his graduation at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), and assuring them that every bit they were learning now would surely come to use in their later life.
He said to have been a manager for more than a decade at Boeing, which has around 200,000 employees, for which he had to gain experience on a myriad of disciplines.
On aircraft configuration, he said it was determined from prior knowledge of similar aircraft currently in existence, combined with theories of aerodynamics, aircraft stability and control, handling and flying qualities, as well as wind tunnel test results of full-scale and scaled-down aircraft models.
The design and actual sizing of the components are performed by the stress and design groups in which loads computed by the loads and dynamics group are utilised, he said.