People

Faculty

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).

Graduate students

Timothy Morris

Tim is a first-year graduate student exploring research in aircraft Active Flow Control (AFC). His interest lies in the use of morphing wing technology to improve aircraft performance at all flight envelopes. He hopes that one day all commercial aircraft and general aviation aircraft will have the same simplified wing design that will be capable of adapting to all different kinds of flight conditions. He is also interested in adapting the technology to accommodate the space industry, be it for reentry vehicles or even one-day extraterrestrial aircraft.

Tulasi Ram

Tulasi Ram is pursuing his PhD and working as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His research interests include Active flow control and Morphing Wing technology. He had received his Masters from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. During his masters, he had worked on Development and Characterization of Feed Back Type Fluidic Oscillators. He was also a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant at IIT Kanpur. He had graduated from the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at PVP Siddhartha Institute of Technology.

Undergraduate students

Peter Bowers

Peter is a Sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is researching the design and construction of a skin to comply to and withstand the stresses of a morphing wing system. Improvements in this area could increase the camber deflection of a morphing wing while reducing drag penalties, improving vehicles' efficiency. Peter is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and is also active in Space Hardware Club.

Arnab Chatterjee

Arnab is a Senior majoring 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 Senior 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 Senior 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.

Nate McWilliams

Nate is a Junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is interested in and has done research in the implementation of shape memory alloys (SMAs) into morphing wing technology in order to reduce drag and provide a larger mission envelope for aircraft. He is an ALSAMP scholar and the current president of the UAH Makers Club

Eli Merlock

Eli is a Senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering. He is assisting in the research involving plasma actuators for flow control on delta wing platforms. He also assists various projects by designing and drafting parts and testing models using Solid Edge. Eli looks to apply what he learned from his research and educational experience to a leading corporation in the aerospace industry after graduation.

Noah Schwalb

Noah is currently a Sophomore in Aerospace Engineering from Irvine, California. His research interests lie in the area of winglet optimization with the purpose of increasing aircraft efficiency, with a focus on the multi-winglet concept. He wants to apply this concept to a commercial aircraft so that they may switch between a blended and multi-winglet configuration. Noah intends to pursue these interests in more depth at the graduate level.

Micajah Schweikert

Micajah is a Sophomore Aerospace Engineering student currently focused on the optimization of aircraft design and flight constraints. He plans on applying developed optimization tools to the mult-winglet wing regime. Micajah is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada and plans to continue his education to the master’s level.

Patrick Smith

Patrick is a Sophomore in Aerospace Engineering. He is originally from Andrews, South Carolina, but came to Huntsville to recieve an education in the Rocket City. He is currently researching control methods for morphing wings as to improve the utility of flaps on fixed-wing aircraft.

Alumni

Andrew Smelser

Andrew received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2019. He is originally from Marietta, Georgia, and with interests in implementing sweeping jets into an aircraft or small UAVs and applying Active Flow Control technologies to rockets or crewed reentry capsules. He is currently working as a Staff Aerospace Engineer at the Mercer Engineering Research Center at Warner Robbins, Georgia.

Reid Wernig

Reid received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2019. 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 is currently working as a Systems Engineer for CACI BIT Systems in Sterling, Virginia.