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Michael P. Bouchard

Division Head, Applied Mechanics

University of Dayton Research Institute: Applied Mechanics


Email: Michael Bouchard
Phone: 937-229-3030
1700 S. Patterson Boulevard, M3220B, Dayton, OH 45409
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Michael Bouchard has over 35 years of experience in conducting and managing R&D research, development, and test programs for government and industry. As Division Head for the Applied Mechanics division, Mike manages the research activities of over 55 engineers, scientists, and technicians conducting experimental and analytical research, development, and testing related to aerospace and ground vehicle systems. He is responsible for ongoing successful execution of over 20 government and 100 industrial R&D programs, with combined annual customer funding of $15M.


Research programs within the Applied Mechanics division include the following:

  • Basic research programs in computational mechanics (FEA, CFD), constitutive and damage modeling of advanced materials, and air and space vehicle conceptual design (aero-thermal-structural-control-mission)
  • Applied research programs to develop new multifunctional, high temperature, morphing, and other advanced structural capabilities for aerospace vehicles including sustainment (fail safe, safe life, and damage tolerance), provide operations research trade studies of mission and vehicle alternatives, and develop flight loads for various classes of air vehicles
  • Testing programs for full scale component and system structural and mechanical durability and performance, wind tunnel aerodynamic and aerothermal performance, impact physics, automotive powertrain component durability, and combined environmental exposure and vibration
  • Problem solution programs (a division specialty) that utilize troubleshooting, root cause, FMECA and other techniques to characterize the problem, then leverage extensive resources in component and subsystem design and fabrication to develop and implement solutions. Resources include a full-featured machine shop and other laboratories which provide mechanical, structural, hydraulic, optical, electrical, electronic, computer, controls, and instrumentation design, fabrication and integration.
    • The Aerospace Mechanics division has marshalled these talents to solve problems and to design, qualify, and supply flight hardware solutions for nearly 20 different DoD air vehicle platforms.
    • These capabilities also have developed a wide variety of specialized test systems such as several factory-floor automated apparatus for optical acceptance of windshields and canopies; a Mach 6 Ludwieg Tube hypersonic wind tunnel; automated pressure-thermal cycling systems for torque converter clutches; static and dynamic test systems for large subsystems such as wings, landing gear, and helicopter drive systems; and a three-stage gun for hypervelocity impact testing of space vehicle components at speeds over 10 km/sec.


  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, 1986
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, 1981


  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Ohio
  • American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society
  • Pi Tau Sigma, The Mechanical Engineering Honor Society