Army scientist selected as DoD leader in fluid dynamics
July 19, 2012
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- One of the Army's top scientists will soon be leading efforts in fluid dynamics research for the Department of Defense.
The DoD selected Dr. Roger Strawn from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's aviation and missile center to serve as computational technology area leader in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics until 2015.
The Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Office chose Strawn as one of 11 technology area leaders known for their expertise to perform strategic planning and technical coordination, and to represent their computing domain across the U.S. military.
Barry Lakinsmith, deputy director of the Aeroflightdynamics directorate where Strawn works, said Strawn is a pioneer in the use of DoD high-performance computing resources within AMRDEC's aviation science and technology program.
"Since the 1990's, he has developed and applied sophisticated computational analyses to model and resolve important challenges in rotary wing aeronautics," Lakinsmith said.
Strawn is the principal investigator for the Army's Helios software code development project under the HPCMP's CREATE-Air Vehicles program. CREATE stands for Computational Research and Engineering Acquisition Tools and Environments.
He leads the High-Performance Computing Institute for Advanced Rotorcraft Modeling and Simulation at the Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate in Moffett Field, Calif. This group is responsible for the development and applications of advanced computational modeling tools for rotary-wing aeromechanics.
Over the past 25 years, Strawn has led the development and application of such methods for a range of Army helicopter configurations including the CH-47 Chinook, the UH-60 Black Hawk and the OH-58 Kiowa. Strawn has also served for more than 10 years as the Service Agency Approval Authority for Army Aviation within the DoD High-Performance Computing Modernization Program.
According to its website, the High Performance Computing Modernization Program was initiated in 1992 in response to congressional direction to modernize the DoD laboratories' high performance computing capabilities. The HPCMP supports DoD objectives through research, development, test and evaluation.