Carlos Cesnik | Faculty
Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Director, Active Aeroelasticity and Structures Research Laboratory
Carlos Cesnik is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, and Director of the Active Aeroelasticity and Structures Research Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the AIAA and serve as its Deputy Director for Structures. Prof. Cesnik is a member of AIAA's Structural Dynamics Technical Committee and the Adaptive Structures Technical Committee, and a member of the AHS Dynamics Technical Committee. He has over 220 archival journal papers, conference papers, and technical reports, and several invited lectures, in the areas of fixed and rotary wing aeroelasticity, smart structures, structural mechanics, and structural health monitoring.
Previously to his appointment as a tenured associate professor at the University of Michigan, Prof. Cesnik was the Boeing Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and then Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. He has also worked as a research engineer at Embraer and has extensive experience in aeroelasticity, finite element modeling, and structural and design optimization. His research interests focus on active aeroelastic structures, computational aeroelasticity, and structural health monitoring. He has a patent for a wing-morphing concept for cannon-launched UAV. This work was selected for the 2002 ASME-Boeing Structures & Materials Award "on the basis of originality and significance to the filed of Aerospace Engineering." Prof. Cesnik is currently Associated Editor for the AIAA Journal, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Aerospace Technology and Management and the Structural Durability and Health Monitoring.
Georgia Institute of Technology
PhD Aerospace Engineering '94
MS Aerospace Engineering '91
Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica
MSE Aeronautical Engineering '89
BSE Aeronautical Engineering '87
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Fellow)
- Royal Aeronautical Society (Fellow)
- American Helicopter Society (AHS)
POSITIONS HELD AT MICHIGAN
- Professor, 2008-present
- Chair of the Aerospace Engineering Graduate Program, 2008-2012
- Associate Professor, 2001-2008
- Director, Active Aeroelasticity and Structures Research Laboratory, 2001-present
Specializations and Research Interests
Aeroelasticity: active aeroelastic tailoring, computational and experimental aeroelasticity of highly flexible wings, coupled nonlinear aeroelasticity and flight dynamic response in high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) aircraft and hypersonic vehicles, bio-inspired micro air vehicle (MAV) aeroelasticity, active vibration and noise reductions in helicopters.
Structural health monitoring: guided-wave modeling, transducer design, signal processing.
- Solid Mechanics (AE215)
- Aerospace Structures (AE315)
- Aircraft Design (AE481)
- Mechanics of Composites (AE516)
- Structureal Dynamics (AE543)
- Aeroelasticity (AE544)
Honors and Awards
- Fellow, Royal Aeronautical Society, 2014
- Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2012
- 2011 Scientific Achievement Award – NATO Research and Technology Organization
- 2011 ASME-Boeing Structures & Materials Award
- Aerospace Engineering Department Award for Outstanding Accomplishment, 2010, 2013
- Industrial Associates Program Award, Northrop Grumman Co., 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
- Visiting Professor, Aeronautics Program, University of Sheffield, UK (2003-2010)
- 2002 ASME-Boeing Structures & Materials Award
- 2002 Georgia Tech Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award
- Visiting Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT (2001—2003)
- Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2001
- Best Dynamics Paper Award, American Helicopter Annual Forum, 2001
- Boeing Career Development Professorship, 1996
- Sigma Xi Doctoral Thesis Award 1995 (Georgia Tech)
- Top Graduate Student from the College of Engineering 1994 (Georgia Tech)
- Neiva Award (“Prêmio Neiva”). 1988
- Magna Cum Laude Award (ITA), 1987
- Member Phi Kappa Phi
- Raghavan, A. and Cesnik, C. E. S., “Lamb Wave-based Structural Health Monitoring,” Book Chapter: ‘Damage Prognosis’ edited by Daniel J. Inman, Charles R. Farrar, Vicente Lopes Jr. and Valder Steffen Jr., John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2005.
- Cesnik, C. E. S. and Raghavan, A., “Fundamentals of Guided Elastic Waves in Solids,” Chapter: ‘Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring’ edited by Fu-Kuo Cheng and Christian Boller, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2008.
- Shyy, W., Lian, Y., Chimakurthi, S.K., Tang, J., Cesnik, C.E.S., Stanford, B., and Ifu, P. Flexible Wings and Fluid-Structure Interactions for Micro Air Vehicles, Flying Insects and Robots, edited by Floreano, D., Zufferey, C.J., Srinivasan, M.V., and Ellington, C., Springer Verlag, Switzerland, 2008.
- Cesnik, C. E. S., Subject Editor, Part 17 – Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), in Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, Volume 3, Structural Technology, pp. 1961-2051, Published by John Wiley, 2010, Editors-in-Chief Richard Brockley and Wei Shyy.
- Cesnik, C. E. S., Subject Editor, Part 20 – Active Materials, in Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, Volume 3, Structural Technology, pp. 2413-2474, Published by John Wiley, 2010, Editors-in-Chief Richard Brockley and Wei Shyy.
RECENT PAPERS IN REFEREED JOURNALS
- Su, W. and Cesnik, C.E.S., “Dynamic Response of Highly Flexible Flying Wings,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 49, No. 2, February 2011, pp. 324-339. doi: 10.2514/1.53412.
- Falkiewicz, N.J. and Cesnik, C.E.S., “Proper Orthogonal Decomposition for Reduced-Order Thermal Solution in Hypersonic Aerothermoelastic Simulations,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 49, No. 5, May 2011. doi: 10.2514/1.J050701
- Falkiewicz, N.J., Cesnik, C.E.S., Crowell, A.R., and McNamara, J.J., “Reduced Order Aerothermoelastic Simulation of a Hypersonic Vehicle Control Surface for Control System Design and Simulation,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 49, No. 8, August 2011. doi: 10.2514/1.J050802
- Su, W. and Cesnik, C.E.S., “Strain-based Geometrically Nonlinear Beam Formulation for Modeling Very Flexible Aircraft,” International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 48, 2011, pp. 2349–2360, doi:10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2011.04.012.
- Kang, C-k., Aono, H., Cesnik, C.E.S., and Shyy, W., “Effects of Flexibility on the Aerodynamic Performance of Flapping Wings,” J. Fluid Mech., Vol. 689, pp. 32-74, 2011. doi:10.1017/jfm.2011.428.Cesnik, C.E.S., Senatore, P.J., Su, W., Atkins, E.M., and Shearer, C.M., “X-HALE: A Very Flexible UAV for Nonlinear Aeroelastic Tests,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 50, No. 12, December 2012. doi: 10.2514/1.J051392.
- Nadella, K. and Cesnik, C.E.S., “Local Interaction Simulation Approach for Modeling Wave Propagation in Composite Structures,” CEAS Aeronautical Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 2013, pp. 35-48. doi: 10.1007/s13272-012-0061-9
- Gordnier, R.E., Chimakurthi, S.K., Cesnik, C.E.S, and Attar, P.J, “High-fidelity Aeroelastic Computations of a Flapping Wing with Spanwise Flexibility,” Journal of Fluids and Structures, Vol. 40, 2013, pp. 86–104
- Obenchain, M. B. and Cesnik, C. E. S., "Producing Accurate Wave Propagation Time Histories Using the Global Matrix Method," Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 22, 125024 (11pp), Nov. 2013. doi:10.1088/0964-1726/22/12/125024
- Obenchain, M. B., Nadella, K. S., and Cesnik, C. E. S., "Hybrid Global Matrix/Local Interaction Simulation Approach for Wave Propagation Simulation in Composite Laminates," AIAA Journal, accepted for publication, January 2014.
- Su, W. and Cesnik, C.E.S., “Strain-Based Analysis for Geometrically Nonlinear Beams: A Modal Approach,” Journal of Aircraft, March 2014, DOI: 10.2514/1.C032477.
- Cesnik, C.E.S., Palacios, R., and Reichenbach, E.Y., “Reexamined Structural Design Procedures for Very Flexible Aircraft,” Journal of Aircraft, accepted for publication, February 2014.
- Wan, Z. and Cesnik, C.E.S., “Geometrically Nonlinear Aeroelastic Scaling for Very Flexible Aircraft,” AIAA J., accepted for publication, April 2014
- Skujins, T. and Cesnik, C.E.S., “Reduced-Order Modeling of Unsteady Aerodynamics Across Multiple Mach Regimes,” Journal of Aircraft, accepted for publication, April 2014.