Bio

I am an assistant professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. I am the director of the Boundary-Layer Stability and Transition Laboratory where I perform experiments on the stability and laminar-turbulent transition of primarily supersonic and hypersonic boundary layers.

I was previously a postdoctoral research associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Physics Division. There, I performed experiments studying the stability of stratified fluid interfaces under the influence of shock waves as part of the Extreme Fluids Team. This work finds application in diverse fields such as energy, aerospace, and astrophysics.

I hold a doctorate in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University where I was a member of the National Aerothermochemistry Laboratory and part of the National Center for Hypersonic Laminar-Turbulent Transition Research. I was also a member of the Flight Research Laboratory and participated in experiments at the low-speed Klebanoff-Saric Wind Tunnel.

Vita

Education

Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Aerospace Engineering, 2015
B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mechanical Engineering, 2009

Positions

Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, 2016–present
Guest Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2016–2017
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2015–2016
Graduate Assistant - Research, Texas A&M University, 2009–2015

CV

An updated copy of my full CV may be found here.

Publications

Journal Articles

Craig SA, Humble RA, Hofferth JW, Saric WS. (2019) "Nonlinear behaviour of the Mack mode in a hypersonic boundary layer." J. Fluid Mech. 872, 74–99. doi:10.1017/jfm.2019.359

Kocian TS, Moyes AJ, Reed HL, Craig SA, Saric WS, Schneider SP, Edelman JB. (2018) "Hypersonic crossflow instability." J. Spacecr. Rockets. doi:10.2514/1.A34289

Craig SA, Saric WS. (2016) "Crossflow instability in a hypersonic boundary layer." J. Fluid Mech. 808, 224–244. doi:10.1017/jfm.2016.643

Craig SA, Saric WS. (2015) "Crossflow instability on a yawed cone at Mach 6." Procedia IUTAM. 14. 15–25. doi:10.1016/j.piutam.2015.03.019

Humble RA, Craig SA, Vadyak J, McClure PD, Hofferth JW, Saric WS. (2013) "Spatiotemporal structure of a millimetric annular dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuator." Phys. Fluids. 25, 017103. doi:10.1063/1.4774334

Conference Procedings

Flood J, Taubert L, Craig SA. (2019) Initial flow quality of the Mach 4 Quiet Ludwieg Tube." AIAA Aviation 2019. AIAA 2019-3220. doi:10.2514/6.2019-3220

Kocian TS, Moyes AJ, Reed HL, Craig SA, Saric WS, Schneider SP, Edelman JB. (2018) Hypersonic crossflow instability." AIAA SciTech 2018. AIAA 2018-0061. doi:10.2514/6.2018-0061

Craig SA, Saric WS. (2015) "Experimental study of crossflow instability on a Mach 6 yawed cone." AIAA Aviation 2015. AIAA 2015-2774. doi:10.2514/6.2015-2774

Craig SA, Humble RA, Saric WS. (2011) "Characterization of the Flowfield Organization of an Annular Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Actuator." 41st AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit. AIAA 2011-3987. doi:10.2514/6.2011-3987

Invited Talks

"Boundary-layer stability and transition experiments at the University of Arizona." Seminar, The Boeing Company, St. Louis, MO, March 2019.

"High-speed stability and transition experiments at the University of Arizona." Seminar, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, April 2017.

"Boundary-layer stability and transition experiments at the University of Arizona." Seminar, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, March 2017.

"Boundary-layer stability and transition experiments at the University of Arizona." Seminar, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, February 2017.

"Crossflow instability in the Mach 6 boundary layer on a cone." CoMuEx Seminar. Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM. 2015

Presentations

Flood J, Craig SA. (2018) "An update on the University of Arizona wind tunnels." AIAA Aviation 2018, Transition Open Forum. Atlanta, GA.

Craig SA. (2017) "High-speed quiet tunnels at the University of Arizona." AIAA Aviation 2017, Transition Open Forum. Denver, CO.

Craig SA, Mejia-Alvarez R, Wilson BM, Prestridge KP. (2015) "Richtmyer-Meshkov mixing: experiments on teh effect of initial conditions." 68th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics. Boston, MA.

Mejia-Alvarez R, Wilson BM, Craig SA, Prestridge KP. (2015) "Experimental study of Mach number effects on the evolution of Richtmyer-Meshkov instabilities." 68th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics. Boston, MA.

Craig SA, Saric WS. (2015) "Experimental study of the crossflow instability on a hypersonic yawed cone in the Mach 6 Quiet Tunnel at Texas A&M University." NATO STO AVT-240 & RTG-082: Hypersonic Boundary-Layer Transition Prediction. Tucson, AZ.

Craig SA, Saric WS. (2014) "Experimental study of crossflow instability on a Mach 6 yawed cone." 67th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics. San Francisco, CA.

Craig SA, Saric WS. (2014) "Crossflow instability on a yawed cone at Mach 6." Eighth IUTAM Symposium on Laminar-Turbulent Transition. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Craig SA, Saric WS. (2014) "Crossflow instability on a yawed cone at Mach 6." 44th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit, Transition Open Forum. Atlanta, GA.

Craig SA, Humble RA, Hofferth JW, Saric WS. (2011) "Flow-field characterization of DBD plasma actuators as discrete roughness elements for laminar flow control." 64th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics. Baltimore, MD.

Contact

Stuart A. Craig
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
University of Arizona
1130 N. Mountain Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85721

Phone: (520) 621-2514
Email: sacraig@email.arizona.edu