Faculty and Staff / Brian McAuliffe

Brian McAuliffe

Adjunct Professor

    Degrees:B.Eng, M.A.Sc, Ph.D.Carleton


    Brian McAuliffe received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University in 2007 and has continued his ties with Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering since that time. Brian is a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council Canada in Ottawa where he leads the Council’s activities in the field of ground-vehicle aerodynamics.

    His current research focus is the aerodynamic interaction between vehicles on the road and its impact to energy use and greenhouse-gas emissions. Brian actively advises and collaborates with Transport Canada on such topics.  Brian is also involved with SAE’s Truck and Bus Council for which he chaired the Aerodynamics and Fuel Economy committee from 2018 to 2022 and is involved in several of its standards-development task forces.

    Research Interests:

    • High-Reynolds-number bluff-body aerodynamics
    • Automotive aerodynamic performance
    • On-road aerodynamic interactions including wake and proximity effects
    • Advanced methods for wind-tunnel and track-based testing
    • Simulation of atmospheric-boundary-layer turbulence
    • Wind effects on large structures
    • Experimental wind-tunnel techniques for unsteady flows
    • CFD for unsteady flows