tell us / join us

If you just want to say hi or you want to have a really serious discussion about something, send us an email using the form below, or direct a question about a project to a specific team member from the people pages if they happen to list their contact details.

Important info for potential new student recruits:

  • We're looking for high-achieving, extremely motivated students to work in our active applied research areas of automotive aerodynamics (variety of topics), avian aerodynamics, shock wave/fire interactions, and seal flipper hydrodynamics.
  • FLIP is primarily based at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, all special projects, masters thesis projects, student assistant positions, etc. will be based there unless in collaboration with other institutions - please make sure any inquiry is appropriate for this situation. Cal Poly does not run a PhD program.
  • In case you didn't realize from looking around, we work on some complex projects in applied fluid dynamics. If you want to join the team as a graduate student, be prepared to articulate what you want to do with your career and how being part of FLIP will help you achieve that. We're not interested that you are applying for a bunch of places and Cal Poly seems good, we want to know what you can contribute to the areas that FLIP is investigating. Emails that can't tell us that get binned, so if you didn't get a reply, that's probably why!

Positions vacant:

Now seeking expressions of interest for summer research positions at Cal Poly (internal/summer/exchange students only):

2 x Wind Tunnel Engineer (responsible for planning and running wind tunnel tests on research and commercial projects).

2 x Research Assistant (NSF-funded project exploring student participation in co-curricular engineering projects).

Send a message to get notified when these positions become active, or for more information!


Volunteers are welcome any time, there are no shortage of projects in the Cal Poly Low Speed Wind Tunnel lab that anyone that's interested and motivated can work on. Just be prepared to show up and take on a small project or two. No you don't need prior experience, just be reliable and be up for a hands-on challenge! Some of our past volunteers have ended up with part-time employment or research internships.

We are increasingly connecting with companies and individuals who want to test with our facilities; being a trained lab assistant may put you in touch with some exciting people doing applied aerodynamics, or line you up for a paid position in the lab.

About testing using the Cal Poly Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Contracting is done through the Cal Poly Corporation - contact Dr. Graham Doig at the Aerospace Engineering Department directly to start a discussion about how we can help your company or organization!

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