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Douglas Hunsaker

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Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Educational Background

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Utah State University, 2011
Evaluation of an Alternate Incompressible Energy-Enstrophy Turbulence Model
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2007
A Numerical Vortex Approach to Aerodynamic Modeling of SUAV/VTOL Aircraft
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2005

Expertise

Doug Hunsakerworks 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.


Biography

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.


Teaching Interests

aerodynamics, flight dynamics, flight simulation, optimization, and statistics.

Research Interests

Doug Hunsaker is an assistant professor in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering working 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.

Awards

International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT), 2007

ISTAT

1st Place Western Regional AIAA Student Competition, Masters Division, 2006

AIAA

Graduate Research Fellowship, 2006

Brigham Young University

NASA Space Grant Consortium Student Fellowship, 2005

NASA

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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      Publications - Fact Sheets

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        Publications - Curriculum

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          Publications - Journal Articles

            Academic Journal

          • Hunsaker, D., Phillips, W.F, (2016). Propulsion Theory of Flapping Airfoils, Comparison with Computational Fluid Dynamics. Journal of Aircraft, 53:5, 1411-1418.
          • Phillips, W.F, Hunsaker, D., (2013). Lifting-Line Predictions for Induced Drag and Lift in Ground Effect. Journal of Aircraft, 50:4, 1226-1233.

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          Publications - Literary Journal

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            Publications - MultiMedia

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              Publications - Technical Reports

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                Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                  Publications - Other

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                    Scheduled Teaching

                    MAE 5510 - Dynamics of Atmospheric Flight, Spring 2017

                    MAE 6510 - Aircraft Dynamics and Flight Simulation, Fall 2016

                    MAE 5510 - Dynamics of Atmospheric Flight, Spring 2016


                            Creative Works - Other

                            • AeroLab Website, Other, Engineering Website

                            Graduate Students Mentored

                            Jackson Reid, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, September 2016
                            Jeff Taylor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, September 2016
                            Orrin Pope, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, September 2016
                            Zachary Montgomery, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, September 2016
                            Dalon Work, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, July 2016
                            Philip Le Goubin, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, July 2016
                            Yushi Yanagati, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, July 2016
                            Josh Hodson, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, April 2016