Dr. Chang-kwon Kang

Associate Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department


Dr. Chang-kwon Kang is an Assistant Professor at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He has co-authored a book and around 30 journal and conference papers on flapping wing aerodynamics. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2011. He was also a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan before joining UAH in 2013. His interests are in flapping wingunsteady aerodynamics, locomotion of biological and robotic flyers/swimmers, fluid-structure-dynamics interaction, and high performance computing.

Dr. Chang-kwon Kang's Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Chang-kwon Kang's Lab Webpage


  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, 2011
  • M.Sc., Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, 2005
  • B.Sc., Aerospace Engineering (Cum Laude), Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, 2002

Honors & Awards

  • UAH Research Infrastructure Fund Award, 2015
  • UAH Individual Investigator Distinguished Research Award, 2014
  • UAH New Faculty Research Program Award, 2013
  • NATO RTO Scientific Achievement Award (AVT-149, Chair: Dr. Michael Ol), 2011


  • Reviewer: Journal of Fluid Mechanics, AIAA Journal, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Journal of Fluids and Structures, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 2014 AIAA Aviation
  • Member – The Royal Institution of Engineers in the Netherlands
  • Member – AIAA


  • Shyy, W., Kang, C., Chirarattananon, P, Ravi, S., Liu, H. “Aerodynamics, Sensing, and Control of Insect-scale Flapping-Wing Flight,” Proceedings of Royal Society A, Vol. 472, 2016, pp. 20150712 (invited review paper)
  • Sridhar, M. K. and Kang, C., “Aerodynamic Performance of Flexible Flapping Wings at Fruit Fly Scale in Hover Flight,” Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Vol 10, 2015, pp. 036007
  • Kang, C., and Shyy, W., “Analytical model for instantaneous lift and shape deformation of an insect-scale flapping wing in hover,” Journal of Royal Society Interface, Vol 11, 2014, pp. 20140933
  • Vandenheede, R., Bernal, L. P. B., Morrison, C., Gogulapati, A., Friedmann, P. P., Kang, C., and Shyy, W., "Experimental and Computational Study on Flapping Wings with Bio-Inspired Hover Kinematics," AIAA Journal, Vol. 52, Nr. 5, pp. 1047 - 1058, 2014
  • Kang, C. and Shyy, W., “Scaling and Lift Generation of Hovering Flexible Wing of Insect Size,” Journal of Royal Society Interface, Vol. 10, Nr. 85, 2013
  • Kang, C., Aono, H., Baik, Y.S., Bernal, L.P., and Shyy, W., “Fluid Dynamics of Pitching and Plunging Flat Plate at Reynolds Number of O(104),” AIAA Journal, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 315-329, 2013
  • Kang, C., Aono, H., Cesnik, C.E.S., and Shyy, W., “Effects of Flexibility on the Aerodynamic Performance of Flapping Wings,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 689, pp. 32 - 74, 2011; also AIAA-2011-3121
  • Trizila, P., Kang, C., Aono, H., Visbal, M., and Shyy, W., "Low-Reynolds-Number Aerodynamics of a Flapping Rigid Flat Plate," AIAA Journal, Vol. 49, No. 4, pp. 806 - 823, 2011
  • Shyy, W., Aono, H., Chimakurthi, S, Trizila, P., Kang, C., Cesnik, C., and Liu, H., "Recent Progress in Flapping Wing Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity," Progress in Aerospace Sciences, Vol. 48, Nr. 7, pp. 284-327, 2010
  • Ol, M., Bernal, L., Kang, C., and Shyy, W., "Shallow and Deep Dynamic Stall for Flapping Low Reynolds Number Airfoils," Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 46, Nr. 5, pp. 883-901, 2009
  • Shyy, W., Trizila, P., Kang, C., Aono, H., "Can Tip Vortices Enhance Lift of a Flapping Wing?," AIAA Journal, Vol. 47, pp. 289-293, 2009