- B.S. (1975) Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
- M.S. (1978) Aerospace Engineering, University of Kansas, USA
- M.S. (1979) Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology
- D. Engr. (1983) Aerospace Engineering, University of Kansas
July 2010 – Present:
- Warren and Leta Giedt Professor, Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
March 2002 – Present
- Director, California Wind Energy Collaborative (California Wind Energy Collaborative)
July 1985 – Present
- Assistant Professor (1985 – 1989), Associate Professor (1989 – 1995) and Professor (1995 – Present) in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering of the University of California, Davis. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in a wide variety of subject areas including fluid-aerodynamics, aircraft design, and wind energy. Consultant for NASA, several aircraft companies, sailing yacht designers, and wind energy companies.
April – July 1992, June – December 1993, January – March 1996
- Visiting Researcher at NASA Langley Research Center conducting research on high-lift aerodynamics in support of Subsonic Aircraft High-Lift Flight Project.
January 1984 – August 1985
- Research Associate, Vigyan Research Associates, Inc., Hampton, Virginia. Worked on the design and optimization of advanced technology lifting systems with special emphasis on cruise drag and high-angle of-attack (stall/spin) lift characteristics. Also studied the shaping of airplane fuselages for minimum drag.
January – December 1983
- NRC Postdoctorate at NASA Langley Research Center. Investigated the possibilities for and the potential benefits of extensive amounts of natural laminar flow on devices such as wingtip-mounted winglets.
Professional Activities and Honors:
- Honor Roll of Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Kansas, April 2010.
- Elected AIAA Associate Fellow, September 2007.
- U.S. Department of Energy award for “Outstanding Research and Development Partnership to Advance Wind Energy Technology” in partnership with Knight & Carver, and Sandia National Laboratories, May 2006.
- Associated Editor of Wind Energy for the international journal Solar Energy, Aug 2003 – July 2004.
- Member of Peer Review Panel to evaluate NASA research on Basic Aerodynamics, Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, January 2004.
- Co-Director of Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics Lecture Series on CFD-Based Aircraft Drag Prediction And Reduction, Rhode Saint Genese, Belgium, February 3-7, 2003.
- AIAA Fluids 2000 Art of Flow Control Artistic Award for Active Load Control and Lift Enhancement using MEM Translational Tabs, June 2000.
- Member of Peer Review Panel to evaluate NASA research on High-Lift Aerodynamics, Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, November 1999.
- NASA Certificate of Recognition for work on In-Flight Infrared Surface Flow Visualization, October 1998.
- Member of Science Panel to review test of NREL research wind turbine in the NASA Ames 80′ x 120′ wind tunnel, Boulder, CO, October 1998.
- NASA-ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Awards, 1993 and 1994.
- Co-edited book titled Fluid Dynamics in Biology, Contemporary Mathematics, Vol. 141, 1993.
- Co-organized/co-chaired the AMS/IMS/SIAM Joint Summer Research Conference on Biofluiddynamics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, July 6-12, 1991.
- NASA Certificate of Recognition for the development of Crescent Wing Planforms, December 1989.
- AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award for major innovative contributions in Applied Aerodynamics, 1989.
- NASA Certificate of Recognition for the development of an Aircraft Stall-Spin Entry Deterrent System, March 1988.
- Outstanding Advisor Award of the University of California, Davis, School of Engineering, 1985 – 1986.
- Group Achievement Award, Aerial Applications Research Team, NASA Langley Research Center, October 1983.
- National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship Award, 1983.
- Member of Sigma Gamma Tau (National Honor Society in Aerospace Engineering).
- AIRCRAFT STALL-SPIN ENTRY DETERRENT SYSTEM, U.S. Patent No. 4,776,542, C.P. van Dam, Issued October 11, 1988.
- ACTIVE SYSTEM FOR CONTROL OF AERODYNAMIC LOADING USING MICROFABRICATED TRANSLATIONAL TABS, U.S. Patent No. 7,028,954, C.P. van Dam, D.T. Yen, R.L. Smith, S.D. Collins, Issued April 18, 2006.
- METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATICALLY GENERATING AIRFOIL PERFORMANCE TABLES, U.S. Patent No. 7,124,038, C.P. van Dam, E.A. Mayda, R.C. Strawn, Issued October 17, 2006.
- WIND TURBINE WITH DEPLOYABLE AIR DEFLECTORS, U.S. Patent No. 8,192,161, J.P. Baker, K.L. Jackson, E.A. Mayda, C.P. van Dam, Issued June 5, 2012.