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Douglas Hunsaker

Douglas Hunsaker

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: ENGR 419M
Phone: 435-797-8404

Educational Background:

PHD Mechanical Engineering, Utah State University, 2011


Aerodynamics, Flight Dynamics and Simulation, Optimization


Doug Hunsaker works on improving aircraft design and optimization methods. His research areas focus on computational methods ranging from potential flow to full RANS CFD for both 2D and 3D modeling and optimization. These research efforts are currently directed towards supporting the improved aircraft efficiency interests of NASA and the Air Force Research Lab as well as the rapid design and optimization needs of the emerging drone industry. Doug also has a strong interest in studying unsteady flows as they pertain to flapping flight. His teaching experience and interests include aerodynamics, flight dynamics, flight simulation, optimization, and statistics.


Doug Hunsaker is an assistant professor in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Prior to joining the faculty at Utah State University, Doug worked for four years in industry, which included work at Scaled Composites on the Stratolaunch and SpaceShipTwo programs, as well as consulting work for multiple drone companies. He has done aerodynamic, design, or consulting work for Sandia National Labs, AeroVironment, Flying Sensors, the MAGICC Lab, Vayu, and other non-disclosable companies.