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Dr. Michael F. Kerho Joins Eidetics' Research and Development Team


May 1, 1999 - Dr. Michael F. Kerho joins Eidetics' research and development team as an Engineering Research Specialist. Dr. Kerho received his BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, and his MS and Ph. D degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His extensive hands on experimental and applied aerodynamics experience encompasses low speed through transonic flight regimes and includes test planning, model design and data acquisition, final reduction, flight correlation, and statistical quality analysis. Dr. Kerho’s testing experience encompasses tunnel calibration, boundary layer and transition work, airfoil and aircraft development, and unsteady testing. He has hands-on experience with Laser Doppler Velocimetry, electronically scanned pressure systems, hot-wire and hot-film anemometry systems, strain gage force/moment balance systems, and flow visualization methods including fluorescent dye and oil techniques, neutrally buoyant bubble applications, laser techniques, smoke and tuft methods, and temperature sensitive paint.


In addition to his experimental background, Dr. Kerho has computational experience with inverse airfoil design codes, 3-D panel, and overset Navier-Stokes CFD codes encompassing simple 2-D airfoils to full configuration 3-D aircraft.


Beginning in 1989 while at the University of Southern California, Dr. Kerho worked with low Reynolds number airfoil designs in an experimental study to alleviate the presence of laminar separation bubbles using sub-boundary layer vortex generators. While at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dr. Kerho performed extensive experimental and computational studies on ice accretion modeling and of the effects of ice accretion on airfoil and aircraft aerodynamics and performance under grants from NASA Lewis Research center. These studies included intensive boundary-layer and transition work on low speed airfoil designs with iced, artificially roughened, and clean configurations. Also, multiple studies of the performance of iced airfoil and wing aerodynamics were performed in various facilities including several entries in the NASA Glenn Icing Research Tunnel. As a senior engineer/scientist at McDonnell Douglas/The Boeing Company, Dr. Kerho managed test campaigns for advanced transport and military aircraft for both subsonic and transonic flight regimes and performed analytical and experimental investigations of aircraft from conceptual design through testing. He performed extensive computational fluid dynamics and wind tunnel to flight correlation studies and developed statistical data reduction and simulation software.



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