Rodrigo Auza Gutierrez



Office Hours:

Fridays 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Simulation Capabilities:

  • Building Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models for aerodynamic analysis of mechanical and aerospace systems  
  • Aero-induced structural analysis of automotive components 
  • Multi-physics simulations with a focus on fluid-structure interactions 

Software Proficiency:

  • CFD: STAR-CCM+, Ansys Fluent, OpenFOAM
  • FEA: Abaqus, Ansys Mechanical
  • Multi-Physics: COMSOL 

Recent Projects:

  • Numerical and Experimental Prediction of Automobile Hood Lift in High Speed 
  • Prediction and Validation of Aerodynamically Induced Hood Vibration of Trailing Vehicles 


  • Prediction of Aerodynamically Induced Hood Vibration Prediction of Trailing Vehicles - M.S Thesis  
  • Auza, R., McNamara, J., Kimbrell, A., and Kang, P., “High Fidelity Modeling and Prediction of Hood Buffeting of Trailing Automobiles,” SAE International Journal of Passenger Car – Mechanical Systems (in review)

                                Turbulent structures in the wake of automobiles.