David E.

David is a PhD Candidate in Aeronautics & Astronautics where he works in the Aerospace Computing Laboratory under the direction of Professor Antony Jameson. His research focuses on the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for the design of add-on mechanisms aimed to reduce aerodynamic drag, energy consumption, and harmful emissions in heavy vehicles. His research interests are in active flow control, aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) aerodynamic design, shape and topology optimization, and numerical methods. He is one of the developers of SU2, which is an open source CFD suite, and part of the core aerodynamic design team for the 2015 Stanford Solar car. David received a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University in 2011 and a M.S in Aeronautics & Astronautics from Stanford University in 2014. He is passionate about the use of computational tools and optimization techniques for the development of green energy technologies and hopes to contribute to the proliferation of these in urban environments.

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


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. .