Dr. Douglas Hunsaker to join MAE Department Spring 2016

MAE is pleased to announce Dr. Douglas Hunsaker will be joining the MAE department as an assistant professor. 

Dr. Hunsaker received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University, and completed a PhD at Utah State University in 2011. From 2011 to 2013 he worked at Scaled Composites on their SpaceShipTwo and Stratolaunch programs where he was responsible for aerodynamics, flutter analysis, aeroelastic loads, and flight test support. For the past year Dr. Hunsaker has consulted for leading companies in the drone industry and developed web-based software for rapid airframe design and analysis. During his time in industry, he has continued to do fundamental research and has published multiple journal and conference papers on steady and unsteady aerodynamic modeling and optimization.

Two Professional Practice Assistant Professors join MAE’s faculty Spring 2016

MAE is pleased to announce the addition of two Professional Practice Assistant Professors to its faculty beginning spring 2016. These new faculty will lead the senior capstone design class, and also teach other courses at the undergraduate level.

Jackson Graham received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida where he also worked as a lab instructor teaching sessions on rapid prototyping, subtractive rapid prototyping, and 3D scanning to engineering undergraduates.  For the past year, he has been employed by USU's MAE Department as a lab engineer where he was responsible for developing new laboratory experiments to reinforce fundamental mechanical engineering concepts and enhance user interactivity.  While at USU, he also worked to revamp the current computer aided graphics course to focus on design and on using CAD software to effectively communicate ideas graphically to others.

Spencer Wendel received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University in 2006. Working for Bechtel Bettis after graduating, and then for the Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation, Spencer performed system and design engineering under the Dry Storage project, bringing a new facility and new equipment online, to transition spent Navy fuel from temporary underwater storage to permanent, above-ground or national repository storage.  In 2010 he began working at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) where he performed and led numerous design projects, varying from tool and nuclear container design, to heat transfer piping systems, to compressible flow pressure systems.  These design projects ranged in scope from two week, emergent, facility objectives to multi-year congressional line item efforts. In addition to more typical mechanical design engineer duties, Spencer has taken an active interest in mentoring and facilitating the success of young engineers.  As the treasurer, and later the vice-chair of the ASME, Idaho Section, Spencer, in-part, has been responsible for thousands of dollars in university design project support, scholarships, and design competition prize funding.

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