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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 Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University. After earning his dual BSME/BSAE degree, he worked at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as an Engineering Technician conducting research in the area of highway work zone safety. 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 had the privilege to teach a variety of undergraduate courses in addition to conducting research, allowing him to provide specific applied examples to the principles discussed in lecture. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Griffin was a Research Assistant Professor within the department. During that appointment, he was involved in hybrid unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research and avian aerodynamics studies.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Griffin is very active in research. His current research involves unsteady aerodynamics, utilizing both experimental and computational approaches. Dr. Griffin also aided in the procurement of a 70 camera motion capture system to track unstable projectiles. He is the faculty advisor of the WVU Student Branch of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and co-advisor of the WVU Beta-Xi Chapter of the Sigma Phi Delta Engineering fraternity.

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)