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Douglas Hunsaker

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Go toOffice Location: ENGR 419M
DialPhone: 435-797-8404
SendEmail: doug.hunsaker@usu.edu


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

Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program (YIP) Recipient, 2018

USU College of Engineering Graduate Mentor of the Year, 2018

Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2017

Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2016

International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT), 2007

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

AIAA

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

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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 6510 - Aircraft Dynamics and Flight Simulation, Fall 2017

                    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

                            • MachUp: 3D Airframe Design Software: http://aero.go.usu.edu, Other,

                            Graduate Students Mentored

                            Jeffrey Taylor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, January 2018 - December 2021
                            Zachary Montgomery, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, January 2018 - December 2021
                            Bruno Moorthamers, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, September 2018 - August 2021
                            Jackson Reid, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, September 2016 - August 2020
                            Josh Brincklow, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, June 2018 - December 2019
                            Christian Bolander, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2018 - December 2019
                            Ted Giblette, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, September 2017 - December 2018
                            Joshua Goates, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2017 - December 2018
                            Sarah Abdel-Motaleb, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2017 - December 2018
                            Steven Bennett, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2017 - December 2018
                            Josh Hodson, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, April 2016 - December 2018
                            Dustin Weaver, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2017 - December 2017
                            Jeffery Taylor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, September 2016 - December 2017
                            Orrin Pope, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, September 2016 - December 2017
                            Zachary Montgomery, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, September 2016 - December 2017
                            Dalon Work, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, July 2016 - May 2017
                            Philip Le Goubin, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, July 2016 - May 2017
                            Yushi Yanagita, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, July 2016 - April 2017