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Gary Elfstrom

Gary Elsfstrom - Director, Business and Development

PEng, PhD
Director, Business Development


Gary is responsible for developing and executing a customer development strategy for ACE. As part of his responsibilities, he establishes test-execution models and user-fee structures, and is responsible for identifying and tapping into potential markets. He also works with John Komar, Director, Engineering and Operations, to ensure a smooth startup and to maximize collaboration within the ACE facility.

Before joining UOIT, he was Co-Founder and then Vice-President of Business Development at Aiolos Engineering Corporation, a Toronto, Ontario-based global company. Aiolos designs, builds and maintains technically advanced test facilities, including wind tunnels and test chambers, to meet client aerodynamic, aero-acoustic and environmental testing needs. In fact, Aiolos is the company that designed the climatic wind tunnel found in ACE.

Before joining Aiolos, Gary worked at its predecessor company Dilworth Secord Meagher & Associates (DSMA) International in Toronto, Ontario. During his 12 years at DSMA he was the project manager for several high-technology aerospace test-facility design-and-build projects, which included overseeing both the marketing and sales effort. In addition, he directed the aerodynamic design on several projects, including wind-tunnel concept-development tests and commissioning of the final facility.

Prior to that he worked at the National Research Council as a research officer in the high-speed wind tunnel laboratory, where he was responsible for test-technique development and management of wind-tunnel tests for aerospace clients.

A registered Professional Engineer in Ontario since 1982, he is a Fellow at the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, an Associate Fellow at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also belongs to several other professional associations including the Society of Automotive Engineers.

He has authored and co-authored research papers on a variety of topics pertaining to wind-tunnel design and operation. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and holds a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of London (Imperial College) in England. He has also taught as an adjunct professor of Engineering at UOIT and has served on the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada grant-selection committee for fluid and thermal engineering.

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