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About David J Olinger

In my teaching I bring real fluid and aerodynamics experiments, including wind tunnels, into the classroom each day. I want students to see that the theory and equations they spend so much time learning actually work! I want them to predict the behavior of aerospace systems and then go on to design improved systems in MQP projects and during their careers.
My research group (including graduate and undergraduate project students) works on an emerging renewable energy technology: airborne energy systems. Here, large kites or gliders that are tethered to the ground are used to extract energy from the wind. We also work on floating wind turbines which will be deployed in the deep ocean in the future. We conduct physical experiments and develop computer simulations to better design these systems.


Present Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Contact Information

Office: Higgins Laboratories, 242
Phone: 508-831-5698
Fax: 508-831-5680