Ken Visser

Ken Visser is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Clarkson University. Professional experiences include NASA Langley and Boeing. He was involved in development and design aspects of two aircraft: the High Speed Civil Transport and the 767-400ER. Additional past activities involved helping to design the keel for the America’s Cup Team 2000 and working with Fairchild Dornier Aircraft. In 2006, Ken had the opportunity to spend a year at the German research institute DLR in Braunschweig, Germany.

Present responsibilities include teaching aircraft design and performance courses at Clarkson and being the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 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. Details can be found at