David E. Manosalvas-Kjono

Project: Dynamic flow control systems for vehicles

David is the co-founder and CEO of the Aeromutable Corporation. Aeromutable is developing flow control technology for heavy vehicles capable of dynamically reducing aerodynamic drag, which translates to a substantial reduction in fuel consumption and enhanced truck stability.


David is passionate about the use of computational tools and optimization techniques for the development of green energy technologies. His research interests include active flow control; ground vehicle, aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) aerodynamic design; shape and topology optimization; and numerical methods. David is one of the developers of SU2, which is an open-source computational fluid dynamics (CFD) suite, and has been involved with the Stanford Solar Car aerodynamic design team since 2014.


Prior to starting Aeromutable, David was part of the aerospace and energy ecosystem through his work for companies which have included NASA Ames Research Center, SpaceX, Hamilton Sundstrand, and Midwest Generation. With the support of Chain Reaction Innovations and Argonne National Laboratory, the Aeromutable team is bringing decades of experience in engineering, operations, and business to mature the Aeromutable technology and bring this ground breaking device to market.


David earned his Doctorate in Aeronautics & Astronautics at Stanford University in 2018 where he focused on the use of CFD for the design of add-on mechanisms aimed at reducing aerodynamic drag, energy consumption, and harmful emissions in heavy vehicles. David received an A.A.S. in Integrated Engineering Technology from College of DuPage in 2007, a  B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University in 2011, a M.S. in Aeronautics & Astronautics from Stanford University in 2014, and a Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2017.