D. R. Wilson, Ph.D.
Ph.D. UT Arlington, 1974.
M.S.A.E. University of Tennessee, 1965.
B.S.A.E. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1962.
Areas of Expertise: Gas dynamics, aerospace propulsion systems, high-speed aerodynamics, hypersonic flow, and experimental fluid dynamics.
Background: Dr. Wilson is the former Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington. He received his BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee (Space Institute), and Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Wilson has over 40 years of experience in the fields of gas dynamics, high-speed aerodynamics and propulsion. He was involved in the development of arc heaters and MHD accelerators for hypersonic wind tunnel applications at the Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center, and in the development of supersonic inlets at LTV Aerospace and Company prior to joining UTA in 1968. He spent two summers at NASA Lewis Research Center as a NASA/ASEE Faculty Fellow working on the NASA/DOE MHD Generator Program. He has consulted with both private industry and government agencies, and has been PI or Co-PI on research grants totaling approximately $3M. Dr. Wilson was responsible for the establishment of the Aerodynamics Research Center, and directed the development of major test facilities including the High-Reynolds Number Transonic Ludwig Tube Tunnel, Supersonic Blow Down Wind Tunnel, Detonation-Driven Hypersonic Shock Tunnel, 1.6 MW Electric Arc Heater Test Facility and the Pulse Detonation Engine Test Facility. Dr. Wilson directed the NASA/UTA Center for Hypersonic Research from 1993 until 1997. He is a member of the AIAA HyTASP Program Committee on hypersonic technology, and is presently leading UTA’s Pulse Detonation Engine research and development program.
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