David Bond


David Bond

1994 Engineering Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

David Bond graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy College at the University of New South Wales in 1989 and completed a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering with honours at the University of Sydney in 1991. In addition to earning first class honours, David was awarded the University Medal in recognition of his academic excellence.

David was awarded the Scholarship to complete an MPhil in engineering at the University of Surrey.

Studied at: University of Surrey

Current Biography

I grew up in the small country Victorian dairy farming town of Panmure, about 250km west of Melbourne. I joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on completion of my secondary education and moved to Canberra as an engineering cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy. After military graduation in 1990, I completed my aeronautical engineering bachelors degree at the University of Sydney in 1991 (University Medallist).

From Sydney, the RAAF posted me to No. 492 Squadron to lead the P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, airframe and engine design office. At the end of 1993 I was awarded the Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering which allowed me to pursue a research interest in the application of adhesively bonded repairs to primary aircraft structure. I read for a PhD at the University of Surrey on the "Adhesively bonded repair of fibre reinforced composites". My research had particular emphasis on examining the effect of environmental exposure on the performance of bonded repairs to aircraft structure (Supervised by Professor Mike Bader and Dr Paul Smith and assessed by Professor Tony Kinloch of Imperial College).

I returned to the RAAF in 1996 as the RAAF design engineer for the F/A-18 full-scale fatigue test and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Airworthiness Engineer for composite and adhesively bonded aircraft structures.

I am an Aeronautical engineer with extensive career in technology and product development, both technical and program management.

I have worked for, or with, a wide range of international organisations in all tiers of the aerospace industry including original equipment manufacturers, national research agencies/laboratories, national government agencies, academic institutions, and product safety and regulatory authorities.

I have extensive technical knowledge of product integrity management and materials technology. Significant experience of (technical and strategic) research and product development program management including successful applications for Government and Industrial R&D funding.

I am an industry representative on a number of national and international aerospace engineering technology advisory committees and University research centre boards.

Scholarship Year: 1994

Fields of Interest

Engineering, Science