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Christopher D. Griffin



  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University, 2013 
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University, 2007 
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University, 2004 
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University, 2004    

Dr. Christopher D. Griffin is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Griffin was a Post-Doctoral Fellow within the department involved in hybrid unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research and avian aerodynamics studies. After earning his dual BSME/BSAE degree he worked at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as an Engineering Technician. He continued to work at NIOSH while pursuing his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. As a graduate student, and in his post-graduate work, he has had the privilege to teach a variety of undergraduate courses in addition to conducting research, giving him the opportunity to provide specific applied examples to the principles discussed in lecture. 

Dr. Griffin’s current research involves understanding the role of unsteady aerodynamics in the behavior of highly unstable aerodynamic bodies. Although this work in primarily experimental in nature, the goal is to better inform simulation software to predict more accurate trajectories and attitudes of unstable bodies. He is also conducting computational fluid dynamics simulations on submerged tubing in an effort to develop a more efficient body warming system for cold water diving applications.  

Research Interests 

  • Unsteady Aerodynamics 
  • Biomimetic Aerodynamics and Avian Flight 
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Aerodynamics 
  • Active Flow Control 
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics    

Teaching Interests 

  • Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics 
  • Thermodynamics  

Special Interests 

  • Snowboarding 
  • Motorcycling 
  • Photography 
  • General Aviation

Professional Societies 

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)