Daniel Yu

Department B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, 2018


B.S. in Aerospace Engineering
University of Urbana-Champaign, Class of 2018


Daniel is from Marietta, Georgia, and chose to study aerospace engineering due to his love of airplanes and fascination with flight. Both of his parents studied polymer science, which also eventually led to an interest in composites and their current role in the aerospace industry. Out of class, he was involved with the Composites Team of Student Aircraft Builders and enjoys rock climbing in his free time. He joined the BAM Lab in the Fall of 2017 and worked alongside Michael Ye on the Adaptive Wing Tip Devices project. Having graduated in May of 2018, he is currently working at TRU Simulation + Training developing aerodynamic models for various helicopter simulators.


Daniel’s research involved the continuation of the Adaptive Wing Tip Devices for Increased Agility and Maneuverability project. The overall goal of the project was to create wingtips inspired by the adaptability of bird feathers to help maximize lift and minimize drag. The primary focus of Daniel’s work was to design and fabricate composite wingtips with bending-torsion coupling, which would allow for changes in angle of attack along the wingtip at different lifting loads. By the time of their graduation, Daniel and Michael had devised MATLAB scripts for predicting bending-torsion coupling, fabricated composite wingtips, and tested the amount of bending-torsion coupling present. The end goal of the research is to have a passive adaptive wingtip device that can improve the performance of UAVs in various regimes.

Email dyu17@nospam5e4cc1a63e92b.illinois.edu