Bilal Maassarani: Ph.D. Research Proposal Defense


Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.
Building 3, Level 5, Room 5220

“The TetraheDrone: A Modular Fractal Vertical Take Off and Landing Unmanned Aerial System" 

Committee Members
Prof. Eric Feron, Prof. Shinkyu Park, Prof. Gilles Lubineau

We introduce the TetraheDrone, a hover-capable module in the shape of a tetrahedron that can be assembled in larger tetrahedral configurations and can transition to winged flight. Inspired by earlier designs by Alexander Graham Bell, the TetraheDrone can become a large vehicle while keeping an inherent ability for horizontal flight and good aerodynamic properties. 


Bilal Maassarani received a BASc in Mechatronics Engineering and a MASc in Electrical Engineering from the  University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2014 and 2017 respectively. He is currently pursuing his PhD at KAUST. His current research focuses on the Mechatronics design and control of aerial vehicles.