Biography: Ibrahim Yimer

Ibrahim Yimer

Director General
Aerospace Research Centre

Dr. Ibrahim Yimer has been Director General of the NRC's Aerospace Research Centre since January 2018. Between September 2020 and 2021, he served as acting Vice-President of the Transportation and Manufacturing division, where he oversaw the Aerospace and Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centres. Since 1999, Dr. Yimer has occupied a series of roles at the NRC, including Director of the Gas Turbine Laboratory, Program Manager of the Gas Turbine Aerodynamics and Combustion Group, and a Senior Research Officer. He began his career as a research scientist in the private sector with Fives North American in Cleveland, USA.

Dr. Yimer has successfully led the creation and implementation of various large-scale, R&D partnerships with industry and government stakeholders both nationally and internationally. He is a renowned expert in the field of gas turbine combustion and fuels with years of applied research in alternative fuels, combustion and optical diagnostics. He is well recognized in the science and technology community, having led and played instrumental roles in numerous leading international scientific associations such as ASME International, the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR), International Society of Air Breathing Engines (ISABE), and International Congress on Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS), in which he currently serves as a board member and national representative.

Dr. Yimer earned a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, followed by a MSc and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, while specializing in Low-emission Combustion. He currently serves as a Director on the boards of WestCaRD, GARDN, Aero Montréal as well as Chair and ICAO representative of IFAR.