David E. Manosalvas

Born in Quito-Ecuador, David attended high school at Liceo "Jose Ortega y Gasset". After moving to the US to pursue a career in engineering, David attended College of DuPage where he earned an Associates of Applied Science in Integrated Engineering Technology (InET). Continuing his academic pursuit, David transferred to Bradley University and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. To improve his understanding of Fluid Dynamics and Aerodynamics, David started a graduate degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University where he is currently a Ph.D Candidate and works under the direction of Professor Antony Jameson.
For more information please browse through my CV [ ]

Research Interests

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Low Speed Aerodynamics
  • Shape Desing Optimization
  • Ground Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Design
  • Active and Passive Flow Control
  • Bluff Body Aerodynamics
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics


  • D. E. Manosalvas, T. D. Economon, F. Palacios, and A. Jameson, "Techniques for the Design of Active Flow Control Systems in Heavy Vehicles", 33rd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference. June 22th – 26th, 2015. Dallas, Texas, USA. [ ]
  • K. W. Reynolds, R. P. Dahlgren, M. M. Fladeland, D. E. Manosalvas, I. M. Suresh, M. R. López, M. J. Lowen, O. G. Dary, S. Hening, N. I. Nguyen, L. K. Byun, R. A. Miller, M. Sumich, C. A. Ippolito, D. B. Herlth, R. Kolyer, V. G. Ambrosia, “Repurposing Surplus Unmanned Aircraft Systems into UAS Platforms for Science Missions”, AUVSI Unmanned Systems. May 2015, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. [ ]
  • F. Palacios, T. D. Economon, A. C. Aranake, S. R. Copeland, A. K. Lonkar, T. W. Lukaczyk, D. E. Manosalvas, K. R. Naik, A. S. Padron, B. Tracey, A. Variyar, and J. J. Alonso, “Stanford University Unstructured (SU2): Analysis and Design Technology for Turbulent Flows”, 52nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 13th - 17th, 2014. National Harbor, Maryland, USA. [ ]
  • D. E. Manosalvas, T. Economon, F. Palacios, and A. Jameson, “Finding Computationally Inexpensive Methods to Model the Flow Past Heavy Vehicles and the Design of Active Flow Control Systems for Drag Reduction”, 32nd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference. June 16th - 20th, 2014. Atlanta, Georgia, USA. [ ]
  • M. López, A. Sheshadri, K. Asthana J. Bull, J. Crabill, T. Economon, D. E. Manosalvas, J. Romero, J. Watkins, D. Williams, F. Palacios, and A. Jameson, “Verification and Validation of HiFiLES: a High-Order Navier-Stokes Unstructured Solver on Multi-GPU Platforms”, AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition 2014. June 16th - 20th, 2014. Atlanta, Georgia, USA. [ ]

Current Projects

Here is what I am currently working on.

Active Flow Control Drag Reduction Systems

Develop tools for the design of active flow control systems aimed towards drag reduction.

Stanford Solar Car

Aerodynamic design of the Stanford Solar Car using the open source Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) suite SU2.

SU2 Development

Develop capabilities to perform active flow control simulations and to streamline the design of complex systems. .