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Dr. Russell Cummings

Professor of Aeronautics

Department of Aeronautics

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Contact Information

(719) 333-9223

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Education

Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California, 1988

E.A.E., Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California, 1982

M. Engr., Aeronautical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, 1985

B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, 1977

B.A., Music, California Polytechnic State University, 1999

Professional Experience

Professor of Aeronautics, U.S. Air Force Academy (2004-Present)

Technical Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (2015-2018)

Professor Emeritus, California Polytechnic State University (2004-present)

Professor, California Polytechnic State University (1986-2004)

Visiting Senior Scientist, The German Aerospace Center (DLR) (Summer of 2008)

Welliver Faculty Fellow, The Boeing Company (Summer of 2000)

Visiting Academic, Oxford University Computing Laboratory (1995, Summer of 1996, Summer of 1997)

National Research Council Research Associate, NASA Ames Research Center (1988-1990)

Member of the Technical Staff, Hughes Aircraft Company (1979-1986)

Honors & Awards

AIAA Fellow, 2016

Royal Aeronautical Society Fellow, 2016

AIAA Aerodynamics Award, 2015

AIAA International Cooperation Award, 2015

U.S. Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award, 2014

NATO Scientific Achievement Award, 2012

U.S. Air Force Academy Frank J. Seiler Research Award, 2009

U.S. Air Force Academy Award for Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Technology, 2009

AIAA Sustained Service Award, 2004

U.S. Air Force Science and Engineering Award, 2002

Boeing—A. D. Welliver Faculty Summer Fellow, 2000

Litton Excellence in Research and Development Award, 2000

TRW Excellence in Teaching Award, 1999

BFGoodrich Collegiate Inventors Program, Undergraduate Advisor Award, 1998

Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching and Applied Research Award, 1995

AIAA National Faculty Advisor Award, 1994

NASA Group Achievement Awards:
F-18 High-Angle-of-Attack Aerodynamics Team, 1990
High Angle of Attack Research Vehicle Flight Test Team, 1989

National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1988-1990

Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellow, 1982-1986

Hughes Aircraft Company Engineering Fellow, 1979-1982

Outstanding Student in Aeronautical Engineering, Cal Poly, 1977

Publications

BOOKS

1. J.J. Bertin and R.M. Cummings. 2009. Aerodynamics for Engineers, 5th Ed. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall.

2. J.J. Bertin and R.M. Cummings. 2014. Aerodynamics for Engineers, 6th Ed. Upper Saddle River: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

3. R.M. Cummings, W.H. Mason, S.A. Morton, and D.R. McDaniel. 2015. Applied Computational Aerodynamics: A Modern Engineering Approach, New York: Cambridge University Press.

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

1. J. Sun and R.M. Cummings. 1984. “Evaluation of Missile Aerodynamic Characteristics Using Rapid Prediction Techniques,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 21: 513-520.

2. J. Sun, S.G. Hansen, R.M. Cummings, and H. August. 1985. “Missile Aerodynamics Prediction Code,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 22: 605-613.

3. L.B. Schiff, D. Degani, and R.M. Cummings. 1990. “Numerical Simulation of Separated and Vortical Flows on Bodies at Large Angles of Attack,” Numerical and Physical Aspects of Aerodynamic Flows, Ed. T. Cebeci, New York: Springer-Verlag, pp. 205-222.

4. L.B. Schiff, R.M. Cummings, R.L. Sorenson, and Y.M. Rizk. 1991. “Numerical Simulation of High-Incidence Flow About the F-18 Fuselage Forebody,” Journal of Aircraft 28: 609-617.

5. L.B. Schiff, D. Degani, and R.M. Cummings. 1991. “Computation of Three Dimensional Turbulent Vortical Flows on Bodies at High Incidence,” Journal of Aircraft 28: 689-699.

6. K. Gee, R.M. Cummings, and L.B. Schiff. 1992. “Turbulence Model Effects on Separated Flow About a Prolate Spheroid,” AIAA Journal 30: 655-664.

7. R.M. Cummings, Y.M. Rizk, L.B. Schiff, and N.M. Chaderjian. 1992. “Navier-Stokes Predictions for the F-18 Wing and Fuselage at Large Incidence,” Journal of Aircraft 29: 565-574.

8. R.M. Cummings, H.T. Yang, and Y.H. Oh. 1995. “Supersonic, Turbulent Flow Computation and Drag Optimization for Axisymmetric Afterbodies,” Computers and Fluids 24: 487-507.

9. R.M. Agosta-Greenman, K. Gee, R.M. Cummings, and L.B. Schiff. 1995. “Tangential Slot Blowing on a Generic Chined Forebody – Computational Investigation,” Journal of Aircraft 32: 811-817.

10. R. M. Cummings, L. B. Schiff, and J.D. Duino. 1995. “Tangential Slot Blowing on a Generic Chined Forebody – Experimental Investigation,” Journal of Aircraft 32: 818-824.

11. D.L. Mathias, J.C. Ross, and R.M. Cummings. 1995. “Wake Integration to Predict Span Loading from a CFD Solution,” Journal of Aircraft 32: 1165-1167.

12. T.W. Riddle, S.E. Rogers, J.C. Ross, and R.M. Cummings. 1998. “A Numerical Analysis of Three-Dimensional Vortex Trapping,” Aircraft Design 1: 61-74.

13. D.L. Mathias, K.R. Roth, J.C. Ross, S.E. Rogers, and R.M. Cummings. 1998. “Navier-Stokes Analysis of the Flow about a Flap Edge,” Journal of Aircraft 35: 833-838.

14. C.S. Jang, J.C. Ross, and R.M. Cummings. 1998. “Computational Evaluation of an Airfoil with a Gurney Flap,” Aircraft Design 1: 75-88.

15. R.M. Cummings and H.J.A. Freeman. 1997. “Integrating Multidisciplinary Design in an Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum,” SAE Transactions 106: 1665ff.

16 P.G. Carrannanto, B.L. Storms, J.C. Ross, and R.M. Cummings. 1998. “Navier-Stokes Analysis of Lift-Enhancing Tabs on Multi-Element Airfoils,” Aircraft Design 1: 145-158.

17. T. Riddle, A. Wadcock, J. Tso, and R.M. Cummings. 1999. “An Experimental Analysis of Vortex Trapping Techniques,” Journal of Fluids Engineering 121: 555-559.

18. M.B. Giles and R.M. Cummings. 1999. “Wake Integration for Three-Dimensional Flowfield Computations: Theoretical Development,” Journal of Aircraft 36: 357-365.

19. D.L. Hunt, R.M. Cummings, and M.B. Giles. 1999. “Wake Integration for Three-Dimensional Flowfield Computations: Applications,” Journal of Aircraft 36: 366-373.

20. S. Murman, Y.M. Rizk, R.M. Cummings, and L.B. Schiff. 1999. “Computational Investigation of Slot Blowing for Fuselage Forebody Flow Control,” Aircraft Design 2: 45-63.

21. J.M. McMasters and R.M. Cummings. 2002. “Aircraft Design—Past, Present, and Future,” Journal of Aircraft 39: 10-17.

22. M.D. Baker, D.L. Mathias, K.R. Roth, and R.M. Cummings. 2002. “Numerical Investigation of Slat and Compressibility Effects for a High-Lift Wing,” Journal of Aircraft 39: 876-884.

23. J.R. Forsythe, K.A. Hoffmann, R.M. Cummings, and K.D. Squires. 2002. “Detached-Eddy Simulation with Compressibility Corrections Applied to a Supersonic Axisymmetric Base Flow,” Journal of Fluids Engineering 124: 911-923.

24. R.M. Cummings, J.R. Forsythe, S.A. Morton, and K.D. Squires. 2003. “Computational Challenges in High Angle of Attack Flow Prediction,” Progress in Aerospace Sciences 39: 369-384.

25. R.M. Cummings and H.T. Yang. 2003. “Lester Lees and Hypersonic Aerodynamics,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 40: 467-474.

26. J.J. Bertin and R.M. Cummings. 2003. “Fifty Years of Hypersonics: Where We've Been, Where We're Going,” Progress in Aerospace Sciences 39: 511-536.

27. R.M. Cummings, S.A. Morton, and S.G. Siegel. 2003. “Computational Simulation and PIV Measurements of the Laminar Vortical Flowfield for a Delta Wing With Periodic Suction and Blowing,” Journal of Aircraft 40: 923-931.

28. R.M. Cummings. 2003. “From Biplanes to Reusable Launch Vehicles: 75 Years of Aircraft Design at Cal Poly,” in Aerospace Engineering Education during the First Century of Flight, Reston, VA: AIAA.

29. J.H. McMasters and R.M. Cummings. 2004. “From Farther, Faster, Higher to Leaner, Greener, Meaner–Future Directions in Aeronautics,” Journal of Aircraft 41: 51-61.

30. S.A. Morton, J.R. Forsythe, K.D. Squires, and R.M. Cummings. 2005. “Detached-Eddy Simulations of Full Aircraft Experiencing Massively Separated Flows,” Computational Fluid Dynamics Journal 13: 610-619.

31. R.M. Cummings and D.W. Hall. 2005. “Aircraft Design for Second-Year Undergraduate Students,” International Journal of Engineering Education 21: 341-349.

32. J.J. Bertin and R.M. Cummings. 2006. “Critical Hypersonic Aerothermodynamic Phenomena,” Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics 38:129-157.

33. A.M. Mitchell, S.A. Morton, J.R. Forsythe, and R.M. Cummings. 2006. “Analysis of Delta Wing Vortical Substructures Using Detached-Eddy Simulation,” AIAA Journal 44: 964-972.

34. R.M. Cummings and S.A. Morton. 2006. “Continuing Evolution of Aerodynamic Concept Development Using Collaborative Numerical and Experimental Evaluations,” Journal of Aerospace Engineering 220: 545-557.

35. C.J. Florendo, T.R. Yechout, S. Siegel, R.M. Cummings, and J. Kealos. 2007. “Experimental Evaluation of a High Fineness Ratio Body with Drag Brakes,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 44: 589-596.

36. R.M. Cummings and S.A. Morton. 2007. “Computational Aerodynamics Goes to School: A Course in CFD for Undergraduate Students,” Computers in Education Journal, 17: 48-57.

37. S.A. Morton, R.M. Cummings, J.R. Forsythe, and K. Wurtzler. 2007. “High Resolution Computational Unsteady Aerodynamic Techniques Applied to Maneuvering UCAVs,” The Aeronautical Journal 111: 397-404.

38. S.A. Morton, R.M. Cummings, and D.B. Kholodar. 2007. “High Resolution Turbulence Treatment of F/A-18 Tail Buffet,” Journal of Aircraft 44: 1769-1775.

39. R.M. Cummings, S.A. Morton, and S.G. Siegel. 2008. “Numerical Prediction and Wind Tunnel Experiment for a Pitching Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle,” Aerospace Science and Technology 12: 355-364.

40. R.M. Cummings, S.A. Morton, and D.R. McDaniel. 2008. “Experiences in Accurately Predicting Time-Dependent Flows,” Progress in Aerospace Sciences 44: 241-257.

41. S. Görtz, A. Jirasek, S.A. Morton, D.R. McDaniel, R.M. Cummings, J.E. Lamar, and K.S. Abdol-Hamid. 2009. Standard Unstructured Grid Solutions for Cranked Arrow Wing Aerodynamics Project International F-16XL,” Journal of Aircraft 46: 377-384.

42. L. Schiavetta, O.J. Boelens, S. Crippa, R.M. Cummings, W. Fritz, K.J. Badcock. 2009. “Shock Effects on Delta Wing Vortex Breakdown,” Journal of Aircraft 46: 903-914.

43. D.R. McDaniel, R.M. Cummings, K. Bergeron, S.A. Morton, and J.P. Dean. 2009. “Comparisons of CFD Solutions of Static and Maneuvering Fighter Aircraft with Flight Test Data,” Journal of Aerospace Engineering 223: 323-340.

44. T.L. Jeans, D.R. McDaniel, R.M. Cummings, and W.H. Mason. 2009. “Aerodynamic Analysis of a Generic Fighter Using Delayed Detached-Eddy Simulation, Journal of Aircraft 46: 1326-1339.

45. A. Aranake, J.G. Lee, D. Knight, R.M. Cummings, J. Cox, M. Paul, and A.R. Byerley. 2011. “Automated Design Optimization of a 3D Subsonic Diffuser,” Journal of Propulsion and Power 27: 838-846.

46. R.M. Cummings. 2012. “Computational Aerodynamics Education at the US Air Force Academy,” International Journal of Aerodynamics 2: 93-109.

47. M. Ghoreyshi, A. Jirasek, and R.M. Cummings. 2012. “Computational Investigation into the Use of Response Functions for Aerodynamic Loads Modeling,” AIAA Journal 50: 1314-1327.

48. T.L. Jeans, D.R. McDaniel, R.M. Cummings, and K. Bergeron. 2012. “Modeling the Nonlinear Dynamic Roll of a Generic Fighter using Delayed Detached-Eddy Simulation,” Journal of Aircraft 49: 1110-1125.

49. A. Schütte, R.M. Cummings, and T. Löser. 2012. “An Integrated Computational and Experimental Approach to X-31 Stability & Control Estimation,” Aerospace Science and Technology 20: 2-11.

50. A. Jirásek and R.M. Cummings. 2012. “Reduced Order Modeling of X-31 Wind Tunnel Model Aerodynamic Loads,” Aerospace Science and Technology 20: 52-60.

51. M. Ghoreyshi, M.L. Post, and R.M. Cummings. 2012. “CFD Calculation of Aerodynamic Indicial Functions for a Generic Fighter Configuration,” ITEA Journal 33: 348-364.

52. R.M. Cummings and A. Schütte. 2012. “Integrated Computational/Experimental Approach to UCAV Stability and Control Estimation,” Journal of Aircraft 49: 1542-1557.

53. R.M. Cummings and A. Schütte. 2013. “Detached-Eddy Simulation of the Vortical Flowfield about the VFE-2 Delta Wing,” Aerospace Science and Technology 24: 66-76.

54. A. Jirásek, T.L. Jeans, M. Martenson, R.M. Cummings, and K. Bergeron. 2013. “Improved Methodologies for the Design of Maneuver for Stability and Control Simulations,” Aerospace Science and Technology 25: 203-223.

55. R. Kostoff and R.M. Cummings. 2013. “Critical Literature of High Speed Compressible Flow Research,” Aerospace Science and Technology 26: 216-234.

56. M. Ghoreyshi, A. Jirásek, and R.M. Cummings. 2013. “Computational Approximation of Nonlinear Unsteady Aerodynamics Using an Aerodynamic Model Hierarchy,” Aerospace Science and Technology 28: 133-144.

57. M. Ghoreyshi and R.M. Cummings. 2013. “Challenges in the Aerodynamics Modeling of an Oscillating and Translating Airfoil at Large Incidence Angles,” Aerospace Science and Technology 28: 176-190.

58. R.M. Cummings and A. Schütte. 2013. “Detached-Eddy Simulation of the Vortical Flowfield about the VFE-2 Delta Wing,” Aerospace Science and Technology 26: 66-76.

59. M. Ghoreyshi and R.M. Cummings. 2013. “Transonic Aerodynamic Loads Modeling of X-31 Aircraft Pitching Motions,” AIAA Journal 51: 2447-2464.

60. M. Ghoreyshi and R.M. Cummings. 2014. “From Spreadsheets to Simulation Based Aircraft Design,” Applied Physics Research 6: 64-80.

61. M. Ghoreyshi and R.M. Cummings. 2014. “Unsteady Aerodynamic Modeling of Aircraft Control Surfaces by Indicial Response Methods,” AIAA Journal 52: 2683-2700.

62. M. Ghoreyshi and R.M. Cummings. 2014. “Unsteady Aerodynamics Modeling for Aircraft Maneuvers: A New Approach Using Time-Dependent Surrogate Modeling,” Aerospace Science and Technology 39: 222-242.

63. M. Ghoreyshi, A. Jirásek, and R.M. Cummings. 2014. “Reduced Order Unsteady Aerodynamic Modeling for Stability and Control Analysis Using Computational Fluid Dynamics,” Progress in Aerospace Sciences 71: 167-217.

64. R.M. Cummings. 2014. “Aerodynamics Education: Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going,” International Journal of Aerodynamics 4: 175-199.

65. J.D. Eldredge, I. Senocak, P. Dawson, J. Canino, W.W. Liou, R. LeBeau, D.L. Hitt, M.P. Rumpfkeil, and R.M. Cummings. 2014. “A Best Practices Guide to CFD Education in the Undergraduate Curriculum,” International Journal of Aerodynamics 4: 200-236.

66. M. Ghoreyshi, A.D.H. Kim, A. Jirásek, A.J. Lofthouse, R.M. Cummings. 2015. “Validation of CFD Simulations for X-31 Wind-Tunnel Models,” The Aeronautical Journal 119: 479-500.

67. M. Ghoreyshi, R. Korkis-Kanaan, A. Jirásek, R.M. Cummings, A.J. Lofthouse. 2016. “Simulation Validation of Static and Forced Motion Flow Physics of a Canard Configured TransCruiser,” Aerospace Science and Technology 48: 158-177.

68. M. Ghoreyshi, K. Ryszka, R.M. Cummings, and A.J. Lofthouse. 2016. “Vortical Flow Prediction of a Diamond Wing with Rounded Leading Edges,” Aerospace Science and Technology 57: 103-117.

69. M. Ghoreyshi, K. Bergeron, J. Seidel, A.J. Lofthouse, and R.M. Cummings. 2016. “Grid Quality and Resolution Effects on the Aerodynamic Modeling of Ram-Air Parachute Canopies,” Journal of Aircraft 53: 1087-1105

70. M Ghoreyshi, K. Bergeron, J. Seidel, A. Jirásek, A.J. Lofthouse, and R.M. Cummings. 2016. “Prediction of Aerodynamic Characteristics of Ram-Air Parachutes,” Journal of Aircraft 53: 1802-1820.

71. A.J. Lofthouse and R.M. Cummings. 2017. “Numerical Simulations of the F-16XL at Flight-Test Conditions Using Delayed Detached-Eddy Simulation,” Journal of Aircraft 54: 2077-2099.

72. R.M. Cummings, C.M. Liersch, A. Schütte, and K.C. Huber. 2018. “Aerodynamics and Conceptual Design Studies on an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle Configuration,” Journal of Aircraft 55: 454-474.

73. M. Ghoreyshi, M.E. Young, A.J. Lofthouse, A. Jirásek, and R.M. Cummings. 2018. “Numerical Simulation and Reduced Order Aerodynamic Modeling of a Generic Lambda Wing Configuration,” Journal of Aircraft 55: 549-570.

74. A. Jirásek, R.M. Cummings, A. Schütte, and K. Huber. 2018. “Extended Assessment of Stability and Control Prediction Methods for NATO Air Vehicles: Summary,” Journal of Aircraft 55: 623-637.

75. K.J. Badcock, G.N. Barakos, R.M. Cummings, M. Platzer, N. Qin, K. Sieverding, and J. Wendt. 2019. “Bryan Richards: Contributions to Aerospace Engineering,” submitted to Progress in Aerospace Sciences.