ABOUT US   Our People
Dr. Alan J. Bilanin   President & Senior Associate

Development of advanced techniques for aircraft vortex wake modeling and aerodynamically generated sound; multiple investigations involving unsteady steam condensation associated with loss-of-coolant accidents in boiling water reactors; studies of safety valve dynamics; scaling methods for subscale testing of thermal cycling and fluid structure interaction for jet pump systems; development of acoustic circuit analyses for complex piping systems; development of drag reduction devices for road vehicles; novel erosion mitigation methods for bridge piers; scaling laws for aircraft icing.

Dr. Alexander H. Boschitsch   Senior Associate

Lead developer of CFD and finite element software; aeroelastic modeling of aerostructural and aeropropulsion problems; analysis of fluid-structural coupling; fast multipole methods; biomolecular electrostatics; accelerated methods for solution of acoustics of complex piping systems.

Mr. Thomas B. Curbishley   Staff Associate

Computer systems and networks manager; computer software development, with primary emphasis on graphics, user interface and control. User interface and control software; investigation of aerodynamic download reducing methods and vortex-trapping panels testing on a tractor-trailer; meteorological data acquisition; development and maintenance of aerial spray drift models.

Dr. Pavel V. Danilov   Staff Associate

Acoustic and vibratory properties of fluid-loaded structures; homogenization method for treatment of fluid/structure interaction problems; passive vibration isolation and noise reduction; analysis of aerostructural and thermostructural problems via finite element methods.

Mr. Andrew E. Kaufman   Senior Associate

Design and testing of debris strainers for nuclear power plant safety systems; development of base drag reduction concepts for tractor trailers; development of instrumentation and models for pharmaceutical products and processes, including a pressure measurement system for metered dose aerosols and a test system to determine the force and impulse from aerosol sprays; droplet dynamics and erosion for high speed raindrops; novel ultraviolet curing methods for composite structures.

Dr. Jeffrey D. Keller   Associate

Dynamics, control, simulation, and visualization of aeronautical and aeroservoelastic systems; development of low-order models for complex aerodynamic and fluid dynamic flows, in particular for rotorcraft wakes; flight control law development; experimental testing of aerodynamics, thermal hydraulic systems, and fluid/structure interactions.

Dr. Robert M. McKillip, Jr.   Senior Associate

Air vehicle flight dynamics and control; smart material actuation systems; instrumentation and health monitoring systems for fixed wing aircraft, rotorcraft, and spacecraft; flight simulation and stores separation modeling; computer visualization; control law development and flight test support.

Dr. Todd R. Quackenbush   Senior Associate

Rotorcraft aerodynamics and dynamics; analysis and modification of vortex wake dynamics; applications of smart structures technology in rotorcraft, hydrodynamics, and propulsion venues; Shape Memory Alloy devices; modeling methods and airfoil designs for low Reynolds number aerodynamics; performance and acoustic analysis of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); environmental impact of aircraft exhaust and fuel jettisoning.

Ms. Christine L. Solomon   Staff Associate

Analysis of rotorcraft and aircraft performance and loads; modeling of rotorcraft flow fields and stores trajectories; environmental impact assessments.

Dr. Milton E. Teske   Senior Associate

Development of numerical techniques; nuclear safety steam lines involving acoustic circuit analysis and finite difference; safety valve simulation in ideal gas, two-phase, subcooled and superheated flows including coupled valve/gas dynamics; three-dimensional Poisson solver for fluid structure interaction; analysis of aerially released materials for application to agricultural aviation, assessments the hazards posed by chemical/biological environments and fuel jettisoning; vortex wake dynamics

Mr. Raymond Tiberge   Staff Associate

Mechanical assembly, woodworking, and construction; electrical and electronics; RF test equipment; circuit design and simulation; use and operation of electronic test equipment.

Mr. Daniel A. Wachspress   Senior Associate

Research, development and implementation of rotorcraft computer models (EHPIC, CHARM); rotor design optimization, computation of high-frequency airloads, BVI noise prediction, rotorcraft interactional aerodynamics, higher harmonic pitch control and multiple aircraft wake interaction; modeling of brownout and particle transport near rotorcraft.

Dr. Glen R. Whitehouse   Associate

Rotorcraft aerodynamics, wake mechanics, simulation, and analysis; rotorcraft interactional aerodynamics, ground effect, and multiple wake interactions; helicopter CFD and module development for simulation applications.

Dr. Michael K. Yu   Staff Associate

Rotorcraft aerodynamics, simulation, and analysis; rotorcraft state-space model development and application; airfoil dynamic stall analysis and modeling; helicopter simulation development.

Off-Site Consultants
Dr. Donald B. Bliss
Professor, Duke University

Professor Donald Bliss of Duke University is an internationally recognized expert on acoustics and vortex wakes, as well as on novel methods for analysis of structural acoustics.

Dr. Richard E. Brown
Director, Centre for Future Air-Space Transportation Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Professor Brown is well known for his computational work in the field of Rotorcraft Aeromechanics and his Vorticity Transport Model - a comprehensive code for rotorcraft simulation. He is world renowned for his work in field of advanced numerical techniques for rotorcraft aeromechanics, interactional aerodynamics and Vortex Ring State.

Dr. Marcia O. Fenley
Assistant Professor, Florida State University

Dr. Fenley is an expert in the electrostatic computation in molecular and DNA dynamics using the implicit solvent model description governed by the Poisson Boltzmann equation. She has collaborated with CDI since the mid 90s to study the effects of salt concentration upon biomolecular energetics and docking dynamics.

Dr. Jay Hardin
NASA/Langley ret., Senior Associate CDI

Dr. Hardin joined the staff of CDI as a Senior Associate in 1997 after retiring from his position as a Chief Scientist at the Acoustics Division of NASA Langley Research Center. He specializes in the study of complex aeroacoustic and hydroacoustic problems.