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Dr Rik Heslehurst

Meet composites engineering consultant and trainer, Rikard Heslehurst
PhD, CPEng, FIEAust, FRAeS, FSAMPE, SMAIAA, ACSS, SAE, EAA, Spitfire Assoc., Composites Aust.

Rik Heslehurst is a former aeronautical engineering officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).   During his 16 years military service Rik was in-charge of the RAAF Rik Heslehurst - composites engineering consultant and trainerMaterial and Process Engineering Section and earlier an airworthiness engineer on the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft.  

Rik is Director of Heslehurst and Associates P/L and the Engineering Chair of M51 Resources, Inc (Dallas TX). He consults for the Australian Defence Force, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Raytheon Missile Systems, NASA, USAF, Boeing Airplane Company, Bombardier Aerospace, Australian Space Safety Office, SRAM-Zipp Wheels, John Deere, Walt Disney Imagineering and General Atomics.

He has conducted engineering short courses for NASA Kennedy, Marshall and Goddard Space Flight Centres, Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works, USAF Academy, Royal Australian Navy, USAF Wright Patterson Laboratories, Pratt & Whitney CT, USAF Warner Robins Air Logistics Centre, Colombian Air Force, Boeing Australia, Raytheon-Australia, Bombardier Aerospace, Honeywell Systems and others.

Rik has a Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical) degree, with Honours, and a Master of Engineering degree, both from RMIT University, and a PhD from the UNSW.   Rik is the current chair of the Australian Chapter of SAMPE and chair of the Canberra Branch of the Australian Composite Structures Society.  He is involved with the Canberra Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Canberra Division of Engineers Australia and technical advisor to Composites Australia.

Rik is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, Australia; a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society; an elected SAMPE Fellow; and a Senior Member of the American Institute Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is also a member of SAE, ACSS, EAA and the Spitfire Association and an honorary member of Composites Australia.