Douglas Hunsaker

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Assistant Professor


Douglas  Hunsaker

Contact Information

Office Location: ENGR 419M
Phone: 435-797-8404
Email: doug.hunsaker@usu.edu
Website: http://aero.go.usu.edu/
Curriculum Vitae: Download

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

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

Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2020

USU Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Researcher of the Year, 2020

USU College of Engineering

Researcher of the Year, 2020

USU Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Graduate Mentor of the Year, 2019

USU Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Young Investigator Program (YIP) Recipient, 2018

Office of Naval Research

Graduate Mentor of the Year, 2018

USU College of Engineering

Graduate Mentor of the Year, 2018

USU Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Summer Faculty Fellow, 2017

Air Force Research Lab

Engineering Educator of the Year Nominee, 2017

AIAA Utah Section

Summer Faculty Fellow, 2016

Air Force Research Lab

Student Fellowship, 2007

International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT)

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

AIAA


Publications | Curriculum

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Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

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Publications | MultiMedia

Video

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Publications | Other

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Teaching

MAE 5510 - Dynamics of Atmospheric Flight, Spring 2020
MAE 5500 - Aerodynamics, Fall 2019
MAE 6510 - Aircraft Dynamics and Flight Simulation, Fall 2019
MAE 6510 - Aircraft Dynamics and Flight Simulation, Fall 2018
MAE 6500 - Potential Flow, Fall 2018
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

Cory Goates, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, January 2020 - December 2023
Christian Bolander, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, January 2019 - December 2022
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
Benjamin Moulton, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, January 2020 - May 2021
Jaden Thurgood, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2019 - December 2020
Troy Abraham, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2019 - December 2020
Jackson Reid, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, September 2016 - August 2020
Josh Brincklow, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, June 2018 - April 2020
Austin Stewart, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, January 2019 - December 2019
Ted Giblette, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, September 2017 - April 2019
Steven Bennett, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2017 - April 2019
Josh Hodson, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, April 2016 - April 2019
Joshua Goates, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2017 - December 2018
Sarah Abdel-Motaleb, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, May 2017 - 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