Dr. Chang-kwon Kang

Associate Professor, MAE


5000 Technology Drive NW
Olin B. King Technology Hall
Room N266
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Chang-kwon Kang is an Associate Professor at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He has co-authored a book and around 70 journal and conference papers on unsteady aerodynamics, bioinspired aerial and Mars vehicles, insect flight, and fluid-structure interaction. 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.

Curriculum Vitae

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  • 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, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, 2002

Honors & Awards

  • University of Alabama in Huntsville, Outstanding Junior Faculty of the College of Engineering, 2019
  • 2019 AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Best Student Paper (Madhu Sridhar): AIAA 2019-0566
  • NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Fellow, 2018
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville Individual Investigator Distinguished Research Award, 2014


  • Associate Fellow - AIAA


  • Bioinspired and unsteady fluid dynamics
  • Bioinspired aerospace vehicles for terrestrial and Mars flight
  • Fluid-structure-dynamic interaction
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Surrogate models

Recent Publications

  • Sridhar, M.K., Kang, C., Landrum, D.B., Aono, H., Mathis, S.H., Lee, T., “Unconventionally high lift coefficients in Monarch butterflies at high-altitude conditions”, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics (2019 impact factor: 3.062), Vol. 16, 2021, 034002

  • K. C., Tejaswi, Sridhar, M.K., Kang, C., and Lee, T, “Effects of Abdomen Undulation in Energy Consumption and Stability for the Flights of Monarch Butterfly,” Bioinspiration & Biomimetics (2019 impact factor: 3.062), in press

  • Hefner, C, Kang, C., Qiu, H., and Shyy, W. "Distinct Aerodynamics of Insect Flight," Cambridge Elements, in press

  • Pohly, J., Kang, C., Sridhar, M.K., Landrum, D.B., Bluman, J.E., Aono, H., “Scaling Bioinspired Mars Flight Vehicles for Hover," Acta Astronautica (2019 impact factor: 2.830), Vol. 180, 2021, pp. 545 - 559

  • Nedunchezian, K., Kang, C., and Aono, H. "A Numerical Analysis of the Effects of Wing Kinematics on Flapping Wing Aeroacoustics," Journal of Sound and Vibration (2018 impact factor: 3.123), Vol. 442, 2019, pp. 366 - 383

  • Raghu, S. L., Kang, C., Whitehead, P., Takeyama, A., and Conners, R., “Static accuracy analysis of Vicon T40s motion capture cameras arranged externally for motion capture in constrained aquatic environments," Journal of Biomechanics (2018 impact factor: 2.576), Vol. 89, 2019, pp. 139–142

  • Medina, C. and Kang, C. "Analytical Solution to the Aeroelastic Response of a Two-dimensional Elastic Plate in Axial Potential Flow," Journal of Fluid Mechanics (2017 impact factor: 2.893), Vol. 845, R3, 2018

  • Arora, N., Kang, C., Shyy, W., and Gupta, A. "Analysis of Passive Flexion in Propelling a Plunging Membrane using a Torsional Spring Model," Journal of Fluid Mechanics (2017 impact factor: 2.893), Vol. 857, pp. 562 – 604, 2018

  • Bluman, J. E., Sridhar, M., and Kang, C. "Passive Stabilization of Hovering Fruit Fly Models with Flexible Wings," Journal of Royal Society Interface (2017 impact factor: 3.355), Vol. 15, pp. 20180409, 2018

  • Bluman, J. E., Pohly, J., Sridhar, M., Kang, C., Landrum, D. B., and Fahimi, F. "Achieving Bioinspired Flapping Wing Hovering Flight Solutions on Mars via Wing Scaling," Bioinspiration & Biomimetics (2017 impact factor: 2.727), Vol. 13, pp. 046010, 2018