AEM Seminar Series: Dr. David McDaniel

Dr. David McDaniel, an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences and Robert and Virginia Wheeler Faculty Fellow of Engineering at the University of Iowa, will be speaking as part of the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanic’s Research Seminar Series on “Electro-Magneto-Mechanical Coupling in Anisotropic Electrically Conductive Composites”.


The Computational Research and Engineering Acquisition Tools and Environments (CREATE) Program is part of a Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (DOD HPCMP) effort to improve DOD acquisition program timeline, cost, and performance through the use of computational tools for ships, aircraft, and antenna design and analysis. Kestrel is a highly-modular, multi-disciplinary fixed-wing virtual aircraft simulation tool within CREATE incorporating subsonic, transonic, and supersonic aerodynamics, structural dynamics, propulsion, and multi-body kinematics and kinetics. This presentation provides an overview of the novel Kestrel software infrastructure and current production simulation capabilities. Recent simulation results from both government and industry are presented. Special attention is given to the newest capabilities: an unstructured near-body/Cartesian offbody solution paradigm, high-fidelity turbomachinery applications, and external dynamics model coupling via Kestrel’s Software Development Kit (SDK).


Dr. David McDaniel began his career serving in the US Air Force conducting flight tests to assess the stability and control characteristics of various military aircraft. He later taught aerodynamics and thermodynamics in the Dept of Aeronautics at the US Air Force Academy where he entered into the world of Computational Aerodynamics.

He worked as a researcher in the Aeronautics Lab at the Academy for several years developing computational techniques for simulating various multidisciplinary problems. He currently is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he works full-time on the fixed-wing product development team (Kestrel) as part of the Computational Research and Engineering Acquisition Tools and Environments (CREATE) effort managed by the Dept of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program. His main interests are in the areas of computational stability and control, propulsion, and aeroelasticity. He resides just outside of Birmingham with his beautiful wife and three daughters.