Graham Doig

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Assistant Professor

Office: 41A-129
Phone Number: 805-756-1391
Email: gcdoig(place an 'at' sign here)


Graham Doig is an Assistant Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo - he specializes in experimental and computational fluid dynamics, particularly for shockwave phenomena and, at lower speeds, flow control and maneuvering. Graham directs the Low Speed Wind Tunnel lab and founded and leads the Fluids Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Projects (FLIP).

In 2015 Graham instigated PROVE Lab - the Cal Poly Prototype Vehicles Laboratory, which he oversees as academic adviser - PROVE Lab students are currently building a car to smash the land speed record for a solar-powered vehicle. The new initiative builds on his previous experience in alternative energy vehicle design - in 2008 he led the aerodynamic design of the Sunswift IVy solar car which held the Guinness World Record for fastest solar-powered vehicle prior to 2014, and in 2012-2013 he was instrumental in guiding the design and development of Sunswift eVe, a two-seater solar-electric hybrid sports car which is currently the FIA world record holder for fastest long-range (500km) electric vehicle.

Graham is well-known known for his work in high speed ground effect aerodynamics, automotive aerodynamics, and shockwave/fire interaction - he has extensive expertise with high speed flow visualization techniques. His research interests also extend to bio-inspired flight and swimming, drag reduction for all applications, and automotive aerodynamics. At Cal Poly he teaches Experimental Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Turbulence and Flow Control, Aerodynamic Research and Development (integrated CFD and experimental project-based course), and Aerospace Fluid Mechanics.

Graham obtained an M.Eng in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and his PhD from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where he also completed a Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching. He has also worked as a CFD Research Scientist at the Aircraft Research Association (ARA) in England, and designed natural ventilation systems for large infrastructure projects as a Mechanical Engineer for AECOM in Sydney. In 2011/2012 he was awarded an American Australian Association Research Fellowship and worked as an Assistant Research Professor at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Research Interests

Active and Predictive Aerodynamics and Flow Control
Automotive Aerodynamics
Biomimicry and Avian Aerodynamics
Integrated Computation Fluid Dynamics and Experiments
Interdisciplinary Fluid Dynamics
Shock Wave Interactions

Office Hours for Fall 2018

Days Time Description
T 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Office Hours
R 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Office Hours