Kenneth D. Visser, Ph.D. 

Ken Visser is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at Clarkson University and currently the Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy Systems at Clarkson.  He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame in 1991.  Post-doctoral work was performed under the auspices of the National Research Council at the NASA Langley Basic Aerodynamic Research Tunnel (BART).  Ken was subsequently employed by the Boeing Aircraft Company for five years and was involved in development and design aspects of two aircraft: the High Speed Civil Transport and the 767-400ER, the latter resulting in a patent of a novel raked aerodynamic wingtip currently being flown on that aircraft and applied to others .  Additional activities include helping in the design of the keel fin and appendages for the America's Cup Team 2000, AmericaOne, and working with Fairchild Dornier Aircraft in Germany in the late 1990’s.  In 2006, Ken had the opportunity to spend a year at the German research institute DLR in Braunschweig, Germany. 

 Present responsibilities include teaching the senior aircraft design and performance courses at Clarkson and being the AIAA faculty student advisor.  His research interests are primarily experimental, focusing on applied aerodynamics and renewable energy concepts.  Current projects include wind turbine design optimization, passive reduction of drag on ground vehicles and design methodologies for aircraft wing tips.