David S. Thompson Ph.D.

dthompsonDavid S. Thompson Ph.D.
Airbus Helicopters, Inc. Professor and Professor

319C Walker Engineering Building
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: 662.325.2068
Fax: 662.325.7730
Email: dst@ae.msstate.edu

1987 Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D.
1980 Aseospace Engineering, M.S.
1979 Aerospace Engineering, B.S.

David Thompson holds the rank of professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. He is also an Associate Director for the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and the lead of the Computational Fluid Dynamics group. Prior to joining the ASE faculty, he was a member of the research faculty at the MSU NSF Engineering Research Center. His previous related experience includes a faculty appointment at the University of Texas at Arlington and, prior to that, industrial experience at the General Dynamics/Ft. Worth Divsion (now Lockheed Martin). He is the inaugural holder of the Airbus Helicopters, Inc. Professorship in Aerospace Engineering. He was selected as a Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellow for 2014-15.

For more information about Dr. Thompson’s research interests, please visit his personal web site http://dst10.ae.msstate.edu/.

Teaching Areas
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Mesh Generation
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Fluid dynamics

Taught Courses
Undergraduate Courses
  • EM 2413 Engineering Mechanics I
  • ASE 4343 Compressible Aerody
  • EM 3313 Fluid Mechanics
Split Level Courses
  • ASE 4423/6423 Int Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • ASE 4433/6433 Fundamentals of Num Grid Generation

Research Areas
  • Vortex dominated flows
  • Feature mining
  • Fluid dynamics of biological systems
  • Mesh generation
  • Aircraft icing
  • Unsteady flows

Funding Agencies
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Army Research Office
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Airbus Group – North America
  • Hearin Foundation
  • NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
  • NASA Glenn Research Center
  • National Science Foundation
  • US Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)
  • US Army Corps of Engineers

  • G. Burgreen, R. Hester, B. Soni, D. Thompson, D. K. Walters, and K. Walters, “DigitalLung: Application of High-Performance Computing to Biological System Simulation,” Advances in Computational Biology, AEMB, Springer Series, vol. 680, pp. 573-584, H. R. Arabnia, ed., Oct 2010.
  • R. S. Laramee, G. Chen, M. Jankun-Kelly, E. Zhang, and D. Thompson, “Bringing Topology-Based Visualization Techniques to the Application Domain,” Topology-Based Methods in Visualization II (Proceedings of Topo-In-Vis 2007), Mathematics and Visualization, pp. 161-176, H.-C. Hege, K. Polthier, G. Scheuermann, eds, Springer-Verlag, Jan 2009.
  • M. Jiang, R. Machiraju, and D. Thompson, “Detection and Visualization of Vortices,” Visualization Handbook, pp. 295-309, C. Johnson and C. Hansen, eds, Academic Press, Jan 2005.
  • R. Machiraju, S. Parthasarathy, J. Wilkins, D. Thompson, B. Gatlin, D. Richie, T. Choy, M. Jiang, S. Mehta, M. Coatney, S. Barr, and K. Hazzard, “Mining Temporally-Varying Phenomena in Scientific Datasets,” Data Mining: Next Generation Challenges and Future Directions, pp. 273-290, H. Kargupta, A. Joshi, K. Sivakumar, and Y. Yesha, Eds., AAAI Press/The MIT Press, Oct 2004.
  • Y. Kim, R. Machiraju, and D. Thompson, “Modeling Rough Surfaces,” Geometric Modeling for Scientific Visualization, pp. 123-138, G. Brunnett, B. Hamann, B. Muller, and L. Linsen, eds, Springer Verlag, Feb 2004.
  • B. Nakshatrala, D. Thompson, and R. Machiraju, “Ranked Representation of Vector Fields,” Data Visualization: The State of the Art, pp. 301-313, F. Post, G. Neilsen, and G.-P. Bonneau, Eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, Jan 2003.

Select Journal Publications
  • J. Blake, D. Thompson, D. Raps, and T. Ströbl, “Modeling the Freezing of Supercooled Water Droplets Impacting a Cooled Substrate,” AIAA Journal (published online Mar 25, 2015), DOI: 10.2514/1.J053391
  • T. Ströbl, S. Storm, D. Thompson, M. Hornung, and F. Thielecke, “Feasibility Study of a Hybrid Ice Protection System,” AIAA Journal of Aircraft (published online Mar 16, 2015), DOI: 10.2514/1.C033161
  • A. Sescu and D. Thompson, “On the Excitation of Görtler Vortices by Distributed Roughness Elements,” Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, vol. 29, no. 1-2, 2015, pp. 67-92, DOI: 10.1007/s00162-015-0340-2.
  • M.F. Alam, D. Thompson, and D.K. Walters, “Hybrid Reynolds-Averaged Navier–Stokes/Large-Eddy Simulation Models for Flow around an Iced Wing,” AIAA Journal of Aircraft, vol. 52, no. 1, 2015, pp. 244-256, DOI: 10.2514/1.C032678.
  • D.K. Walters, G. Burgreen, R. Hester, D. Thompson, D. Lavallee, W. Pruett, and J. Ford-Green, “Cyclic Breathing Simulations in Large Scale Models of the Lung Airway from the Oronasal Opening to the Terminal Bronchioles,” ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, vol. 136, no. 10, 2014, 10 pg., DOI: 10.1115/1.4027485.
  • L. Zhang, Q. Deng, R. Machiraju, A. Rangarajan, D. Thompson, D.K. Walters, and H.-W. Shen, “Boosting Techniques for Physics-Based Vortex Detection,” Computer Graphics Forum, vol. 33, no. 1, 2014, pp. 282-293, DOI: 10.1111/cgf.12275.
  • D.K. Walters, S. Bhushan, M.F. Alam, and D.S. Thompson, “Investigation of a Dynamic Hybrid RANS/LES Modelling Methodology for Finite-Volume CFD Simulations,” Flow, Turbulence and Combustion. Special Issue: 9th International Symposium on Engineering Turbulence Modelling and Measurements, ETMM9 (Eds: B. Geurts, A. Tomboulides, D. von Terzi and W. Rodi) (published online Jul 7, 2013), DOI: 10.1007/s10494-013-9481-9.
  • B.J. Soni and D. Thompson, “Effects of Temporally-Varying Inlet Conditions on Flow and Particle Deposition in the Small Bronchial Tubes,” International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, vol. 28, no. 9, 2012, pp. 915-936, DOI: 10.1002/cnm.2472.
  • D. K. Walters, G. Burgreen, D. Lavallee, D. Thompson, and R. Hester, “Efficient, Physiologically Realistic Lung Airflow Simulations,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering Letters: Special Issue on Multi-Scale Modeling and Analysis for Computational Biology and Medicine, Vol. 58, No. 10, 2011, pp. 3016-3019.
  • N. Kasmai, D. Thompson, E. Luke, M. Jankun-Kelly, and R. Machiraju, “Feature-Based Adaptive Mesh Refinement for Wingtip Vortices,” International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, vol. 66, no. 10, 2011, pp. 1274-1294, DOI: 10.1002/fld.2312.
  • Y. Ito, A. Shih, R. Koomullil, N. Kasmai, M. Jankun-Kelly, and D. Thompson, “Solution Adaptive Mesh Generation using Feature-Aligned Embedded Surface Meshes,” AIAA Journal, vol. 47, no. 8, 2009, pp. 1879-1888 (also Paper 2007-0558, AIAA 45th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, NV, Jan 8-11, 2007), DOI: 10.2514/1.39378.
  • B.J. Soni, C. Lindley, and D. Thompson, “The Combined Effects of Non-planarity and Asymmetry on Primary and Secondary Flows in the Small Bronchial Tubes,” International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, vol. 59, no. 2, 2009, pp. 117-146, DOI: 10.1002/fld.1802.
  • B.J. Soni, D. Thompson, and R. Machiraju, “Visualizing Particle/Flow Structure Interactions in the Small Bronchial Tubes,” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proceedings of Visualization/Information Visualization 2008), vol. 14, no. 6, 2008, pp. 1412-1419, DOI: 10.1109/TVCG.2008.183.
  • S. Chalasani, V. Senguttuvan, D. Thompson, and E. Luke, “On the Use of General Elements in Fluid Dynamics Simulations,” Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol. 24, no. 6, 2008, pp. 435-448, DOI: 10.1002/cnm.1017.
  • M. Jankun-Kelly, M. Jiang, D. Thompson, and R. Machiraju, “Vortex Visualization for Practical Engineering Applications,” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proceedings of Visualization/Information Visualization 2006), vol. 12, no. 5, 2006, pp. 957-964, DOI: 10.1109/TVCG.2006.201.
  • G. Craciun, M. Jiang, D. Thompson, and R. Machiraju, “Spatial Domain Wavelet Design for Feature Preservation in Computational Data Sets,” IEEE Transactions on. Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 11, no. 2, 2005, pp. 149-159, DOI: 10.1109/TVCG.2005.35.
  • S. Chalasani and D. Thompson, “Quality Improvements in Extruded Meshes using Topologically Adaptive Generalized Elements,” International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol. 60, no. 6, 2004, pp. 1139-1159, DOI: 10.1002/nme.1000.
  • R. P. Koomullil, D. S. Thompson, and B. K. Soni, “Iced Airfoil Simulation using Generalized Grids,” Applied Numerical Mathematics, Applied Numerical Computing: Grid Generation and Solution Methods for Advanced Simulation, vol. 46, no. 3, 2003, pp. 319-330, DOI: 10.1016/S0168-9274(03)00044-8

Select Conference Proceedings
  • X. Wang, D.K. Walters, G. Burgreen, and D. Thompson, “Traditional CFD Boundary Conditions Applied to Blood Analog Flow through a Patient-Specific Aortic Coarctation,” Statistical Atlases and Computational Models of the Heart. Imaging and Modelling Challenges. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 8330, 2014, pp. 118-125. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-54268-8_14.
  • C.E. Morris, A. Mason-Jones, D.M. O’Doherty, S.C. Tatum, T.O. O’Doherty, and D.S. Thompson, “Evaluation of the Swirl Characteristics of a Tidal Stream Turbine Wake,” EWTEC 2013 – 10th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, Aalborg, Denmark, Sep 2-5, 2013.
  • L. Zhang, X. Meng, R. Machiraju, and D. Thompson, “Distance Measure in Vortex Visualization,” Proceedings IEEE 2nd International Conference on Computer Science and Automation Engineering (CSAE), 2012, Zhangjiajie, China, vol. 2, pp. 296-299, May 25-27, 2012, DOI: 10.1109/CSAE.2012.6272778 .
  • Y. Kim, R. Machiraju, and D. Thompson, “Path-Based Control of Smoke Simulations,” Proceedings of Eurographics/ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Computer Animation 2006, Vienna, Austria, pp. 33-42, September 2-4, 2006.
  • Y. Kim, R. Machiraju, and D. Thompson, “Rough Interface Reconstruction using the Level Set Method,” Proceedings of IEEE Visualization 2004, Austin, TX, pp. 251-258, October 10-15, 2004.
  • Y. Kim, R. Machiraju, and D. Thompson, “Rough Surface Modeling Using Surface Growth,” Proceedings Fifth International Conference on Shape Modeling and Applications, Seoul, Korea, pp. 33-44, May 12-16, 2003.

Honors and Awards
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellow, “Enhancing the Analysis of Vortical Flows,” Host: D. O’Doherty, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK (Feb-Mar 2015)
  • Inaugural holder of the Airbus Helicopters, Inc. Professorship in Aerospace Engineering (Aug 2013- present)
  • Bagley College of Engineering Hearin Faculty Excellence Award (Fall 2010)
  • Mississippi State University StatePride Award (Fall 2010, Fall 2011)
  • Bagley College of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Teachers (inducted 2010)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for contributions to the development of LEWICE (2009)
  • NASA TGIR “Turning Goals into Reality” for contributions to the field of aircraft icing (2001)
  • Sigma Gamma Tau
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Professional Memberships
  • American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Associate Fellow (2006)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Senior Member (2006)
  • SAE International, Member
  • American Association of Engineering Education, Member