Addition of experienced scientist enhances company’s capabilities in optical diagnostics and sensors for aerospace applications

Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), a provider of innovative optical products and advanced engineering services, today announced the appointment of Dr. Dominique Fourguette, Ph.D., to the position of Senior Scientist and Business Manager in its new Los Angeles, California office.

Dr. Fourguette has over 17 years of experience in the development of optical sensors and laser diagnostics for aerospace applications and holds patents for an optical fluid shear stress sensor and a miniature optical particle counter. Most recently, she was Senior Scientist and R&D Manager for VioSense Corporation in Pasadena, California, where she directed the development of fiber optics based micro sensors. Dr. Fourguette has also held research positions with Rice Systems, Inc., the California Institute of Technology and Sandia National Laboratories.

In her new position with Michigan Aerospace, Dr. Fourguette will be responsible for directing the company’s work on elastic and inelastic light scattering for both remote sensing and

in-situ measurements. These optical diagnostics techniques have macro-scale applications such as aerodynamic testing in large-scale flow facilities and combustors to micro-scale devices, for micro-fluidics, lab-on-a-chip analysis and applications where optical access is limited by the application’s geometry.

Dr. Fourguette is a graduate of the Université de Compiègne in France, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Acoustics and Mechanical Vibrations. She earned a M.Ph. degree and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a focus on laser diagnostics from from the center for Laser Diagnostics at Yale University. Dr. Fourguette has had numerous articles published on topics ranging from optical sensor development to experiments in fluids. As an active member of AIAA, she is currently the Chair of the Aerodynamic Measurement Techniques Technical Committee (until April ’06) and has served as the AMT/GT conference Technical Chair.