Engineering Design in Defense Science Research by Dr. Phillip Mulligan

Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Toomey Hall, 140
400 W. 13th St., Rolla, MO 65409

Engineering and Research are often viewed as two completely different fields of focus. When asked to explain the difference between the two fields students have stated “Engineers build stuff and researchers study sciencey stuff…”However, for those who work in both fields, the two are not as dissimilar as one might think. While the end products of their work may be different, the process and techniques of each field are more similar than one might think. This presentation discusses Dr. Mulligan’s career as a researcher and an Engineer while highlighting the similarities between the scientific method and the engineering design process.

Dr. Phillip Mulligan is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  He joined Missouri S&T as Assistant Research Professor in the Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering department in August 2018 and transferred to MAE in August 2021. Dr. Mulligan received a B.S. degree in Mining and Mineral Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Explosives Engineering from Missouri S&T. Before joining Missouri S&T, he worked for Corvid Technologies as a Computer Analyst/Explosive Engineer. At Corvid, he designed and conducted tests of various military devices designed by Corvid and its customers. He examined the results obtained from Corvid’s custom computational fluid dynamic solver to analyze the empirical tests. In addition to designing and conducting tests, his responsibilities included using his knowledge of the governing explosive principles to provide solutions to Corvid’s customers. Dr. Mulligan's research focuses on military sciences and force protection.

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College of Engineering and Computing, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


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