From 2013-2019 FLIP was a non-traditional lab for fluid dynamics research and development, founded and directed by Dr. Graham Doig and based at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Our team tackled problems using a wide range of experimental and numerical techniques, and if those didn’t exist we came up with new ones. FLIP also acted as a technology incubator and testing partner for Cal Poly's Prototype Vehicles Lab (PROVE Lab), and operated the Cal Poly Low Speed Wind Tunnel.

This site is no longer updated - you can find Dr. Doig at Canoo now.

News highlights

January 2019

End of an era

Dr. Graham Doig stepped away from academia to lead aerodynamic development at Canoo, an automotive startup based in Los Angeles. After working with over 200 students on research and applied projects over 7 years, producing close to 90 peer-reviewed papers, bringing in over $450,000 in direct funding and being involved with other projects with over $3m in funding, without Dr. Doig FLIP is no longer an active concern. Thanks for visiting - feel free to download available publications or have a look around what's left on the site - it'll be up for the rest of 2019.

April 2018

PROVE Lab launches completed solar car - set to attempt world land speed record in June.

On April 7th, Cal Poly's Prototype Vehicles Lab unveiled the solar car that is set to break world records in the Mojave Desert in June 2018 - stay tuned for more from the event! The car, nicknamed Dawn, was shown for the first time at an event at FLIP project sponsors, ESAero's headquarters in San Luis Obispo. FLIP has been the aerodynamic development partner for the project, and FLIP Director Graham Doig founded PROVE Lab in 2015.

March 2018

Graham Doig attends American Australian Association Global Leadership Symposium in NYC.

Dr. Graham Doig attended the American Australian Association’s Global Leadership Summit in New York City this week - the 2 day workshop and networking event was designed to bring together past and present Scholars to discuss various challenges facing the world, and how to meet them head-on.

Uh, yes that is former Prime Minster Kevin Rudd who just happened to be walking along 2nd Ave on the eve of St. Patrick's Day (read more...)


FLIP typically had around two  dozen students and assistants working hard to blow things up, biomimic propulsion systems, increase efficiency and performance of vehicles, and improve facilities at Cal Poly (... more)

Fly / Swim

FLIP researchers were working on understanding the complex fluid dynamic effects induced by bird wing tip feather configurations and leopard seal flippers.

Use of 3d scanning and printing allowed our team to create bio-realistic models that helped us understand these features from an engineering perspective, as well as solving a few questions from the evolutionary biology point of view (...more)


Pioneering research into the interaction between shock waves and blast phenomena with laminar and turbulent flames has led to significant discoveries about how fires can be extinguished in the blink of an eye.

A combination of novel high-speed, density-based visualization and numerical modelling helped guide research into the potential effectiveness of this approach as a field technique. The work has been featured in international media  (...more)


Numerical and experimental research into road vehicle aerodynamics included exploration of compressibility effects for racing cars, wing/wheel interactions, and explorations of advanced modelling techniques using machine learning.

The evolution of the analysis of real-world aerodynamic behavior led to some breakthrough work to shift the field out of the wind tunnel and into the full complexity of actual conditions (...more).

About FLIP

FLIP was about innovative numerical and experimental research in fluid dynamics. We partnered with a range of collaborators in industry and academia in the US, Australia and Europe (... more)


FLIP partnered with a wide range of companies, organizations, universities, supporters and sponsors to generate fundamental and applied research outcomes, as well as providing testing logistics and support for wind tunnel and field experimentation.

Dr. Graham Doig

FLIP Director/founder and Assistant Professor in the Aerospace Department at California Polytechnic State University - Graham is an award-winning researcher and teacher (...more)


Dr. Doig advised literally hundreds of students at UNSW and Cal Poly over the years - here are the ones he worked most closely with on projects, and where they ended up (...more)

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