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    Dr. Douglas Cairns bio

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    Doug Cairns

    Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    Montana State University



    Doug Cairns is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering of the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department at Montana State University (MSU). Prior to coming to MSU, he was Manager of Composites Technology at Hercules Materials Company (Now Hexcel) where he conducted research on composite materials applied to primary structure. He has a B.S. and M.S.  from the University of Wyoming, and a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is a Member of ASME (Composite Materials Subcommittee), AIAA (past Materials Technical Committee Chairman). He is President of the Montana Aerospace Development Association (MADA), and President of the Gallatin Hangar of the Montana Pilots Association. He is a Private Pilot with multiple ratings and endorsements.

    His current professional interests include the understanding of advanced materials as applied to primary structure and understanding the materials, manufacturing, and structural performance link for new engineering systems. Dr. Cairns has funding from the Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratories – Wind and Water Technology. Prof. Cairns is the Chief Engineer for Radius Engineering in Salt Lake City, Utah and consults for several industrial and private sector partners.