College of Engineering
Outstanding Graduate Mentor of the Year
Doug Hunsaker is an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. His research areas include computational methods ranging from potential flow to full RANS CFD for both 2D and 3D modeling and optimization. These efforts are currently directed towards supporting the improved aircraft efficiency interests of NASA and the Department of Defense. He is active on a 5-year university-lead initiative sponsored by NASA and directed by Texas A&M, and simulation software available on his lab website is accessed by thousands of engineers and researchers around the world. Prior to joining the faculty at Utah State University, Dr. Hunsaker worked for four years in industry, including work at Scaled Composites on the Stratolaunch and SpaceShipTwo programs, as well as consulting for multiple drone companies. He has done aerodynamic, design, or consulting work for Sandia National Labs, AeroVironment, Flying Sensors, the MAGICC Lab, and Vayu. Since joining USU in January of 2016, he has advised a total of 1 post-doc, 6 PhD, 10 masters, and 4 undergraduate students. His current lab includes students from Belgium, Egypt, and the US. His past students are employed at many of the leading research and simulation organizations, including Siemens, Boom, Lockheed, and Exa.