B.S. ​Chengdu University of Science and TechnologyM.S. University of Science and Technology of ChinaPh.D. ​Aerospace Engineering, University of California in Los Angeles

Professor Dong joined UVA as an Associate Professor in August 2012. Prior to his position at UVA, Dr. Dong was an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Wright State University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA in 2003. After completing his doctorate, he spent three years as a post-doctoral researcher at the George Washington University on an ONR sponsored MURI program. 


  • AIAA Foundation Abe M. Zarem Educator award 2016
  • APS/DFD Gallery of Fluid Motion Best Video Award 2015
  • UVA MAE Teaching Award 2014
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) 2011
  • Southwest Ohio Council for Higher Education Teaching Award 2011

Research Interests

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Bio-inspired systems
  • Morphing structures/biomimetics

Cicada Flight

In the News

  • Bio-Inspired Design

    Challenging the Fundamentals of Physics

    In an effort to create highly maneuverable micro air vehicles (MAVs) that can perform such feats, research scientists have been developing and testing a myriad of MAV prototypes...

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  • Closing the Knowledge Gap

    Associate Professor Haibo Dong and His Team Study the Aerodynamics of Micro Air Vehicles

    Haibo Dong, associate professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, and his team are closing the knowledge gap regarding aerodynamics of micro air vehicles.

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Selected Publications

  • Wing kinematics measurement and aerodynamics of a dragonfly in turning flight C. Li, H. Dong, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, (2017) Volume 12, Number 2.
  • Vortex dynamics and new lift enhancement mechanism of wing-body interaction in insect forward flight G. Liu, H. Dong, C. Li, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 795, 634-651, 2016
  • Three-dimensional wake topology and propulsive performance of low-aspect-ratio pitching-rolling plates C. Li, H. Dong, Physics of fluids, Vol. 28, 071901, 2016
  • On the symmetry of proper orthogonal decomposition modes of a low-aspect-ratio plate Liang, Z. and H. Dong, Physics of Fluids 27, 063601 (2015)
  • Effects of a Dynamic Trailing-Edge Flap on the Aerodynamic Performance and Flow Structures in Hovering Flight C. Li, H. Dong, and G. Liu, Journal of Fluid and Structures, Vol. 58, 49-65, 2015

Courses Taught

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
  • Dynamics Spring 2017
  • Thermodynamics Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013