C. P. "Case" van Dam Ph.D.

van Dam , C. P. "Case"
Position Department / Business Unit
Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering University of California, Davis
Institution Disciplines
Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Engineering
City State / Provence
Davis California
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Fax
(530) 752-4158
Research interests include:
Aerodynamics including design and optimization
Aircraft design
Experimental and computational fluid dynamics
Biofluiddynamics
Wind energy
Aero-hydrodynamics of sailing

Current research includes:
Prediction, measurement and reduction of aerodynamic drag
Multi-disciplinary design of aircraft high-lift systems
In-flight infrared imaging of boundary-layer transition and separation
Aerodynamics of wind turbines and aircraft at dynamic conditions
Micro-electro-mechanical systems for aerodynamic load control

Education

B.S. (1975) Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands; M.S. (1979) Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology; D. Engr. (1983) Aerospace Engineering, University of Kansas

Career Highlights

July 1985 - Present - Assistant Professor (1985 - 1989), Associate Professor (1989 - 1995) and Professor (1995 - Present) in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering of the University of California, Davis. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in a wide variety of subject areas including fluid-aerodynamics, aircraft design, and wind energy. Consultant for NASA, several aircraft companies, sailing yacht designers, and wind energy companies.

April - July 1992, June - December 1993, January - March 1996 - Visiting Researcher at NASA Langley Research Center conducting research on high-lift aerodynamics in support of Subsonic Aircraft High-Lift Flight Project.

January 1984 - August 1985 - Research Associate, Vigyan Research Associates, Inc., Hampton, Virginia. Worked on the design and optimization of advanced technology lifting systems with special emphasis on cruise drag and high-angle of-attack (stall/spin) lift characteristics. Also studied the shaping of airplane fuselages for minimum drag.

January - December 1983 - NRC Postdoctorate at NASA Langley Research Center. Investigated the possibilities for and the potential benefits of extensive amounts of natural laminar flow on devices such as wingtip-mounted winglets.

Awards

Associated Editor of Wind Energy for the international journal Solar Energy, Aug 2003 - July 2004.
Member of Peer Review Panel to evaluate NASA research on Basic Aerodynamics, Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, January 2004.
Co-Director of Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics Lecture Series on CFD-Based Aircraft Drag Prediction And Reduction, Rhode Saint Genese, Belgium, February 3-7, 2003.
AIAA Fluids 2000 Art of Flow Control Artistic Award for Active Load Control and Lift Enhancement using MEM Translational Tabs, June 2000.
Member of Peer Review Panel to evaluate NASA research on High-Lift Aerodynamics, Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, November 1999.
NASA Certificate of Recognition for work on In-Flight Infrared Surface Flow Visualization, October 1998.
Member of Science Panel to review test of NREL research wind turbine in the NASA Ames 80' x 120' wind tunnel, Boulder, CO, October 1998.
NASA-ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Awards, 1993 and 1994.
Co-edited book titled Fluid Dynamics in Biology, Contemporary Mathematics, Vol. 141, 1993.
Co-organized/co-chaired the AMS/IMS/SIAM Joint Summer Research Conference on Biofluiddynamics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, July 6-12, 1991.
NASA Certificate of Recognition for the development of Crescent Wing Planforms, December 1989.
AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award for major innovative contributions in Applied Aerodynamics, 1989.
NASA Certificate of Recognition for the development of an Aircraft Stall-Spin Entry Deterrent System, March 1988.
Outstanding Advisor Award of the University of California, Davis, School of Engineering, 1985 - 1986.
Group Achievement Award, Aerial Applications Research Team, NASA Langley Research Center, October 1983.
National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship Award, 1983.
Member of Sigma Gamma Tau (National Honor Society in Aerospace Engineering).

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