David W. Zingg
Fellow: Awarded 2004
Field of Study: Applied Mathematics
Competition: US & Canada
David Zingg, Director of the Institute for Aerospace Studies at the University of Toronto, joined the faculty in 1988 and became Director in 2006. His research areas include aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, and aerodynamic shape optimization. His current research is concentrated on applying aerodynamic shape optimization to the design of unconventional low-drag aircraft configurations motivated by the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft. Together with two colleagues from NASA, he is a co-author of the textbook Fundamentals of Computational Fluid Dynamics, published by Springer in 2001. He has held the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Computational Aerodynamics and Environmentally Friendly Aircraft Design since 2001. As Director of the Institute for Aerospace Studies, Mr. Zingg has championed the need to reduce the impact of aviation on climate change and has built a team at the Institute to address this urgent priority. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN), which brings together government, academic, and industrial partners to foster the development of technologies to reduce aircraft noise and emissions.
Mr. Zingg received his B.A.Sc. (1979), M.A.Sc. (1981), and Ph.D. (1988) from the University of Toronto.