Kyle M. Hanquist

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Aerospace Engineering – University of Michigan

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan  . I am part of the Nonequilibrium Gas and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory   directed by Professor Iain Boyd and my research focuses on hypersonics and computational fluid dynamics, specifically thermal management of high speed flight. Here is a link to more details about my research. My publications can be found on  Google Scholar  .

Educational Background

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    • M.S.E. Aerospace Engineering with focus on Fluid Dynamics
    • Sept. 2012 – April 2015
    • GPA: 3.97/4.00
    • Relevant Coursework: Compressible Flow, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Turbulent Flow, Molecular Gas Dynamics, Viscous Flow, Plasma Physics, Advanced Aerodynamics, Teaching Engineering
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
    • B.S.E. Mechanical Engineering with Distinction and Honors
    • Aug. 2008 – Aug. 2012
    • Relevant Coursework: Computational Heat Transfer, Thermal Fluids Lab, Dynamics and Control, Heat Transfer, MATLAB, CAD, Thermal Systems and Design, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics
    • Certifications: Passed Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (Mechanical Engineering)
    • Senior Project: Energy Dependence for a Small Island
  • Central City High School, Central City, NE
    • Aug. 2004 – May 2008
    • President, Senior class
    • President, National Honor Society
    • President, Student Council


Research Experiences

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Aerospace Engineering department
    • Developing models for computational fluid dynamics and material response to study the hypersonic flight aerothermodynamic environment.
    • Utilizing Direct Simulation Monte Carlo to study spacecraft propulsion in rarefied gases.
    • Developing high-order aerothermochemistry models for air (i.e. nitrogen and oxygen) including state-to-state and nonequilibrium modeling.
    • Mentoring undergraduate and master students in areas of computational modeling of nonequilibrium gas and plasma dynamic systems in aerospace engineering.
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    • Graduate Student Research Assistant
    • Jan. 2013 – May 2017
    • Research assistant in Nonequilibrium Gas and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory
    • Use computational fluid dynamics to model and investigate the feasibility of using electron transpiration cooling on hypersonic vehicles flying Mach 20+
  • NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Teaching Experiences

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    • Instructor
    • Molecular Gas Dynamics (Aero 532, 21 students)
    • Jan. 2018 – May 2018
    • Scheduled to teach again Winter 2019
    • This is a core graduate course that focuses on gas properties and behavior at the molecular level using kinetic theory, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics.
    • Winter 2018 course evaluations: AEROSP532_W18_evals
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    • Graduate Student Instructor
    • Introduction to Gas Dynamics (Aero 225 , 60 students)
    • Sept. 2015 – Dec. 2015
    • Held office hours and review sessions, proctored exam, answered questions via email and the course website, and lectured when the professor was absent (15 lectures)
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    • Grader
    • Viscous Flow (Aero 522)
    • Sept. 2014 – Dec. 2014
    • Graded homework and proctored exams for a graduate class of 30 students
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
    • Teaching Assistant
    • Heat Transfer (Mech 420 , 35 students)
    • Aug. 2011 – Dec. 2011
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
    • Tutor
    • Sept. 2010 – May 2011
    • Tutored students in the Student Support Services (students with academic need, low income, first generation, or a documented disability) in areas of math, science, and engineering

Relevant Work Experiences

  • United States Senate, Washington, DC
    • Intern
    • May 2010 – June 2010
    • Worked in the office of Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska (retired)


  • Reviewer
    • Nonlinear Dynamics (2)
    • Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer (3)
    • Energies
    • Aeropsace
    • Applied Sciences
    • Journal of Marine Science and Engineering
    • International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Judge,  Engineering Graduate Symposium 
    • November 2017
    • Judge the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering Graduate Symposium, which included poster presentations of doctoral and master student’s research
  • Finalist, Golf Channel’s Driver vs. Driver
    • August 2015 – November 2016
    • Finalist on nationally televised design competition where contestants compete to design Wilson-Staff’s next golf driver.
  • Member, Aerospace Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Board
    • January 2016 – June 2017
    • Identified and planned activities for graduate students, as well as address areas of concern within graduate body.
  • Mentor, Michigan Mentorships Program
    • June 2014 – present
    • Mentor area high school students interested in engineering and computer science
  • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps
    • Feb. 2015 – Aug. 2015
    • Identify commercial and product opportunities that can emerge from doctoral research
    • Investigated cardiovascular and glass manufacturing industries
    • Received $10,000 grant
  • Member, Aerospace Graduate Student Advisory Committee
  • President, Nebraska Pi Tau Sigma
    • April 2011 – Aug. 2012
    • Brought chapter into “good standing”
    • Best chapter report (national award)
    • Organized first annual College of Engineering Blood Drive
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi Nebraska Alpha
    • April 2011 – Aug. 2012
    • Top 1/8th of junior class
    • Webmaster
    • Most active member award
  • Team leader, AIAA Design-Build-Fly Competition
    • Sept. 2010 – May 2012