Jean F. Louis and Harold Demuren, ca. 1975

Jean F. Louis and Harold Demuren, ca. 1975
Photo: Ivan Massar of Black Star, Courtesy MIT Museum

Prof. Jean F. Louis (left) and graduate student Harold Demuren discussing assembly of experiment to investigate aerodynamic performance and heat transfer of transonic turbine blades. Gas Turbine Lab, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, ca. 1975.

Aeronautical engineer Harold Olusegun Demuren SCD '76 earned a D.Sc. in Aircraft Gas Turbine & Jet Propulsion Engines from MIT.

Demuren completed his early education in Nigeria. In 1965, he won a Soviet Union Government scholarship to study Aeronautical Engineering in the former USSR, where he would earn a diploma in Russian Language from Moscow State University and an M.Sc. Aeronautical Engineering from the Kiev Institute of Aviation Engineers (1972).

At the Institute, his research work involved aerodynamic design, manufacturing and testing of high-temperature, high-pressure ratio transonic turbine blades for advanced gas turbines and jet aircraft engines for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy at the MIT Gas Turbine and Jet Aircraft Propulsion Laboratory (1972–74). Demuren also participated in joint experimental research with the Turbo-machinery Group of von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics at Rhode-Saint-Genèse, Belgium, a NATO Research Institute (1974–75). 

Demuren served as Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (2005-13), during which he was elected as President of the 37th General Assembly of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) held in Montreal, Canada in 2010. 

--Adapted from Wikipedia

Timeline: 1970s
School: School of Engineering
Department: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Career: EngineeringTechnologyTransportation
Object: Image
Collection: Africa(n), Canada, Faculty, Integration and Differentiation 1969-1994, Mentorship, Students