Mr. Chris Duling

Aerospace Engineering Research Engineer VI, RSESC


301 Sparkman Drive
Von Braun Research Hall
Room M62D
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Mr. Christopher Duling, Research Engineer, Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville. Mr. Duling has nearly fifteen years of service in Army Aviation. He has served in operational assignments as a Platoon Leader, Assistant Operations Officer, Air Cavalry Troop Commander, Squadron Operations Officer, and Squadron Executive Officer. He is qualified in OH-58A/C, OH-58D, and C-12 aircraft. His active duty experience includes twenty-seven months of deployed time executing combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mr. Duling served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy after receiving his Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. While teaching at West Point, Mr. Duling taught and course-directed Thermal-Fluid Systems 1 and Helicopter Aeronautics. He was also an instructor for Mechanical Engineering Design, Mechanical System Design, the department's Fixed-Wing aeronautics flight labs, and various STEM education outreach programs. Mr. Duling graduated from Michigan State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of the American Helicopter Society, and the U.S. Army Aviation Association of America.

His research interests include rotorcraft performance analysis and design, rotor aerodynamics, aircraft stability and control, evolutionary optimization, and engineering education. Mr. Duling has research experience with the University of Maryland TURNS CFD code, rotorcraft trim codes, and with the benchmarking and applying Differential Evolution and Covariance Matrix Adaptation algorithms.


  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, 1999

Recent Publications

  • Duling, C., Gandhi, F., and Straub, F., “On Power and Actuation Requirements in Swashplateless Primary Control using Trailing-Edge Flaps,” The Royal Aeronautical Journal, Vol. 118, May 2014.

  • Bluman, J., Purchase, K., Duling, C., “Review Quizzes: A Help or Hindrance,” Proceedings of the 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Society for Engineering Education, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, June 26-29, 2011.

  • Duling, C., Gandhi, F., and Straub, F., “On Power and Actuation Requirements in Swashplateless Primary Control using Trailing-Edge Flaps,” Proceedings of the 66th Annual Forum of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Arizona, May 11-13, 2010.

  • Duling, C.T., "Further Investigations on Primary Helicopter Control Using Trailing Edge Flaps," MS Thesis, The Pennsylvania State University, 2009.