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About Dr. Graham Doig

Graham is an Assistant Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University, where he teaches experimental aerodynamics and other subjects in fluid dynamics, oversees the Low Speed Wind Tunnel Lab, and runs the Fluids Lab for Interdisciplinary Projects (FLIP). In 2015 Graham instigated PROVE Lab - the Cal Poly Prototype Vehicles Laboratory, which he oversees as academic adviser - PROVE Lab are currently building a car to smash the land speed record for a solar-powered vehicle.

Graham is well-known in the field for his work on high speed ground effect aerodynamics, having published some of the major works in the field during and after his PhD. He is regarded internationally as an expert in this area and has given several talks and seminars on the many phenomena uncovered and the applications of his research - from maglev-assisted launch of space vehicles to future high speed transport systems to wing-in-ground effect vehicles, racing cars, and land speed record vehicles.

Directing FLIP means Graham is now leading or supporting a variety of projects, primarily in transient high speed flow phenomena (shock wave interactions with boundary layers and flames, supersonic wakes) and maneuvering bodies at lower speeds (road vehicles and autonomous aircraft and underwater vehicles). Primary interests in 2016, apart from getting Cal Poly's wind tunnel back into shape, include biomimicry of bird wing tips and seal flippers, as well as continuing work on shock wave interactions with flames, and aerodynamic considerations in design and modelling of performance vehicles and electric cars (or both!). 


Present Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


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Honors and Awards

  • 2011 - Early Career Researcher Award, UNSW Australia
  • 2012 - American Australian Association QANTAS Research Fellow
  • 2013 - UNSW Australia School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Lecturer of the Year


  • Aerodynamic Research and Development (AERO568/569)
  • Turbulence and Flow Control (AERO529)
  • Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics (AERO406)
  • Aerospace Fluid Mechanics (AERO302)
  • Experimental Aerodynamics (AERO307)


2012 - 2014 Graduate Certificate, UNSW Australia ‐ Department of Learning and Teaching
2005 - 2009 PhD, UNSW Australia ‐ Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
1999 - 2004 M.Eng, University of Glasgow ‐ Aerospace Engineering

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