Layla S. Mayboudi holds a Ph.D. from Queen's University (Canada) in mechanical engineering. Her research areas include heat transfer modelling and validation, thermal management, thermal imaging, and flow optimization. She also has industrial experience and training in operations research, process improvement (Black Belt Lean Six Sigma certified), and mechanical test management. Dr. Mayboudi has published books, journal articles, and conference papers, and has several years of experience in education, aerospace, and rail transportation industries where she initiated and completed numerous projects resulting in improved capabilities (efficiency and effectiveness). Dr. Mayboudi has a strong aviation background and has accumulated over 300 solo and duo flight hours (mostly in the Cessna 172).