Dr. Konstantinos Kanistras

Dr. Kanistras research focuses on aircraft performance and active flow control. His work looks to develop a fundamental understanding of the physics of the flow, the underlying flow structures and more effectively apply flow control techniques.

Dr. Kanistras received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Denver in 2016. He received his MS.c degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bath, U.K. in 2008 and his Bachelors degree in Physics from the University of Patras, Greece. Prior joining to UAH, Kostas was a research scientist at DU Unmanned Systems Research Institute (March 2016-December 2017).

Ph.D. students

Masters students

Undergraduate students

Arnab Chatterjee

Arnab is a Junior in Aerospace Engineering whose primary research interest lies in Active Flow Control (AFC), aimed at improving the lift characteristics of an aircraft’s wing by delaying recirculation effects. He is also interested in incorporating Active Flow Control (AFC) with morphing wing technology as well as investigating biologically inspired methods of flight control. Arnab is currently a Student Affiliate of the Royal Aeronautical Society and intends to pursue these interests further at a Graduate level.

Sarah Dabbs

Sarah is a Junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering. She is researching various methods of Active Flow Control with an emphasis in finding flaws that would prevent them from being implemented commercially or militarily. Sarah is originally from Oxford, Mississippi, and she currently works at Hill Technical Solutions, Inc. in Huntsville.

Daniel Hearle

Daniel is a Junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering. He is originally from Canberra, Australia and currently plays on the UAH Men's Soccer Team. He is assisting in research involving aircraft design and optimization to reduce fuel burn in commercial aircraft.

Andrew Smelser

Andrew, who is originally from Marietta, Georgia, is a Senior in Aerospace Engineering researching oscillatory blowing. His goal is to help implement sweeping jext into an aircraft or small UAVs. He also hopes to apply Active Flow Control technologies to rockets or crewed reentry capsules along with automobiles.

Reid Wernig

Reid is currently a Senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering. His research interests are in the area of Boundary Layer Ingestion (BLI) and its fuel burn reduction on jet engines. Although he is originally from Huntsville, Alabama, he attended an Engineering Academy in Virginia for high school and returned to Huntsville to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. He plans to continue into graduate work at UAH in pursuit of a Master’s Degree after graduation.