Scott Munro

Department Chair, Professor of Engineering


Specializing in aerocoustics flow sound interaction and induced vibrations, propagation, and aerospace technologies



For more than 25 years, Dr. Scott Munro has been developing new aerospace technologies. His work has included test-cell acoustics, advanced resonant liner research, cutting torch technology, and jet and airframe noise.

Prior to joining Southern Utah University in 2015, Dr. Munro worked at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake, California. His responsibilities included providing test support and program guidance to Navy programs relative to acoustic noise. He served as chief engineer for the Counter Air Future Naval Capability (CAFNC) program, developing an advanced rocket motor for the AMRAAM missile and was program manager for the In-House Independent Research (ILIR) program, NAWCWD's largest basic research program. During his last two years at NAWCD, Dr. Munro served as deputy director of the Irregular Warfare Technology Office, overseeing technology development and integration projects for a wide range of military applications.

At SUU, Dr. Munro teaches engineering courses including statics, fluids, and vibrations. He is advisor to the Rocketbirds, a student group that participates in the annual Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Purdue University, both in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. From Georgia Institute of Technology, he received his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering.


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Specialize with a Mechanical Engineering Degree

The Mechanical Engineering Program at Southern Utah University has received its ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accreditation signifying the quality education offered by the program and opening numerous employment opportunities for graduates of the program.Utah requires ABET accreditation to become a licensed professional engineer and employers rarely hire students unless they graduated from an accredited engineering program. Having a Mechanical Engineering program that is ABET-accredited allows students to further specialize their education and prepare them for a highly-favorable job market.When considering a career in engineering, Southern Utah University's Dr. Scott Munro recommends mechanical engineering to students who not only have an interest in science and math but applying both in the real world.“Mechanical engineering is nice because it's a very broad subject so it applies in a lot of different places,” said Dr. Munro. “You can work in the auto industry, the aerospace industry, you could work on buildings, machinery, or manufacturing. There are so many places you can go, it’s just a great start.”

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SUU Rocketry Team Places 3rd in International Competition

In addition to presenting at the annual Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC),  Southern Utah University’s student rocketry team ranked 3rd out of 16 teams in their category (10k-SRAD-Solid Motors), and 7th out of the 107 scored teams in the competition. “In past years we have had similar rankings within our category, but this is a huge jump up in over-all performance,” said Scott Munro, RocketBirds faculty advisor and associate professor of engineering at SUU. “The team has worked hard to improve their scores in areas where we have been deficient in the past and it is paying off.  I would like to commend the team on their incredible work.”Student RocketBird Matthew Crawley added, “the reason I started participating in this competition is because it looks phenomenal on an academic resume. When we are invited to speak with people from the aerospace industry, 100% of them tell us to continue working on the rocket team. It is the greatest thing we can do to improve our future positions after graduation.” This year’s competition was held in the New Mexico desert and the RocketBirds were the eighth team in the competition to launch. The team’s rocket, standing eleven feet high and weighing in at 65 pounds, reached an altitude of 10,600 feet above the ground and the recovery system worked as designed. “The competition provides a unique learning experience that is difficult, if not impossible, to provide in the classroom,” said Munro. “The project is long term and students take it from concept through fabrication and flight. It requires teamwork, configuration management skills, and communication skills. Additionally, students manage the schedule and budget.” IREC, also known as the Spaceport America Cup, is an international rocketry competition with over one hundred universities participating. The RocketBirds were among 26 schools invited to present at the competition this year. They presented on propellant formulations and the benefits of low viscosity. Low viscous propellants reduce air bubbles in the mixing and casting process, and make launch simulations more than 99% accurate when compared to what’s produced. SUU is one of the only schools that manufacture such a propellant for their rocket.“SUU has been dedicated to giving students the opportunity to participate in real engineering projects,” said student RocketBird Johnny Webster. “Something that sets us apart is the size of our department. With lower budgets than almost all teams, the RocketBirds do an excellent job without breaking the budget. We've done cost breakdowns in the past I believe and our team is one of the best performing for the price of the project.” The SUU RocketBirds club is open to all students who are interested in and committed to rocketry. For more than 25 years, Dr. Scott Munro has been developing new aerospace technologies. His work has included test-cell acoustics, advanced resonant liner research, cutting torch technology, and jet and airframe noise. Dr. Munro is familiar with the media and available for an interview. Simply visit his profile.

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2018 Spaceport America Cup - Aerospace Technology

With more than 99 teams from colleges and universities representing more than 12 countries, the 2018 Spaceport America Cup was the competition’s largest year to date. Designed around the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition for student rocketry teams from across the world, the IREC has held annual competitions since 2006. Students launch solid, liquid, and hybrid rockets to target altitudes of 10,000 and 30,000 feet. The RocketBirds, a Southern Utah University engineering student club, earned high honors this summer at the 2018 Spaceport America Cup placing fourth in the 10,000 foot Student Researched and Developed Motor category and ranked 26th out of 99 competing teams.Dr. Scott Munro, associate professor of engineering at Southern Utah University and specialist in aerospace technology and acoustics for rockets, missiles, and jet engines, leads the SUU Rocketbird club.“The RocketBirds placed well, particularly considering the size of our program and budget as compared to some of our competitors. For the past three years, we have put together rockets that are competing with the best schools in the country on a low budget and with a small team, comparatively.”SUU’s rocket was 75 pounds and 11.5 feet tall. The structure was constructed entirely from fiberglass and computer simulations were run to verify the rocket’s stability and performance during flight. It flew to an altitude of about 7,600 feet above ground level and flew as anticipated.The multi-discipline project included aerodynamics, structures, propulsion, electrical and testing operations. SUU students were split into several teams to construct their rocket, including propulsion, airframe, avionics, and payload. The rocket design revolved around the payload, which was a defined size. From there, the team determined how big the rocket needed to be.“These types of projects require long-term teamwork, time management, and budgeting. Companies that build or work with rockets see this competition as a great place to recruit new talent.”The Rocket Club is funded by a grant from the Utah Space Grant Consortium, department funding and funds from the Engineering Initiative.For more than 25 years, Dr. Scott Munro has been developing new aerospace technologies. His work has included test-cell acoustics, advanced resonant liner research, cutting torch technology, and jet and airframe noise. Dr. Munro is familiar with the media and available for an interview. Simply visit his profile.Source:

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Industry Expertise

Mechanical/Industrial Engineering

Areas of Expertise

Hot-wire Anemometers
Compressible Flow
Viscous Flow
Vibration Measurements and Instrumentation
Measurement of Noise Emissions
Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight control system design and testing
Aeroacoustics Flow-Sound Interaction and Flow-Induced Vibrations
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Principles of Fluid Mechanics
Experimental Aerodynamics
High-Speed Aerodynamics
Programming experience in FORTRA, BASIC, and MATLAB


Georgia Institute of Technology


Aerospace Engineering

Purdue University


Aeronautics and Astronautics

Purdue University


Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering


Outstanding Faculty Award, Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University Engineering and Technology Department, 2016

University Influencer Award, Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University Engineering and Technology Department, 2016

Michelson Laboratory Award, Naval Air Systems Command

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, 2015


  • American Society of Engineering Education

Media Appearances

‘The future of STEM’: 4 Southern Utah students thrive at International Science and Engineering Fair

ST. George News  online


Allison Munro is one of four students from Southern Utah who recently shined at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair 2023 (ISEF) held in Dallas, Texas, in May. Scott Munro told St. George News that in past years, he’s helped 12-13 students from Southern Utah complete science projects for ISEF

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Scott Munro: Southern Utah University

Military & Vetran Affairs  online


For more than 25 years, Dr. Scott Munro has been developing new aerospace technologies. His work has included test-cell acoustics, advanced resonant liner research, cutting torch technology, and jet and airframe noise.

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Scott Munro Named Southern Utah's Faculty Athletics Representative

Southern Utah Thundersbirds  online


Southern Utah University Athletics has announced the appointment of Scott Munro as the University's Faculty Athletics Representative. "It is with great anticipation that we welcome Scott Munro as our new FAR. Scott has immediately immersed himself into the role and will be an active participant on campus and within the Big Sky governance structure."

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Research Grants

Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium Grant

Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium


Funding provided SUU faculty a chance to encourage students in a variety of technical areas, such as upper atmospheric physics, mathematics (orbital mechanics), space environment and solar systems. Fostering cross-department cooperation at faculty and student levels, different lab courses and the SUU Rocket Club will allow each participant to bring their unique expertise to contribute to the multi-disciplinary learning environment. SUU was also funded to host a two-day Science Teacher Workshop designed by the NASA Utah Space Grant Consortium to provide teachers with professional development in STEM instruction.


A Study of Solid Ramjet Fuel Containing Boron-Magnesium Mixtures

Journal of Propulsion and Power

Eric T. Sandall, Joseph Kalman, John N. Quigley, Scott Munro, Trevor D. Hedman

Solid fuel ramjets (SFRJ) are known for their operational simplicity and high specific impulse. The performance of the SFRJ propulsion system is directly tied to the energy density and combustion behavior of the fuel. A typical solid fuel used in a ramjet application is a collection of metal particles suspended in a polymeric binder.

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Teaching an Introductory Engineering Course that also Satisfies a Humanities General Education Requirement

8th Annual First Year Engineering Experience Conference


Assessment and Lessons Learned from Partially Flipping a Statics Course

ASEE Rocky Mountain Regional Conference


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ENGR 1000 Engineering Success Skills

An introductory course providing the opportunity for new engineering students to develop and improve their problem-solving ability, computer literacy, and study skills to maximize their chances for success in college and prepare them for subsequent engineering courses and ultimately the engineering profession. Topics include: making the transition to college; time management; exploration of the engineering disciplines; learning styles; using spreadsheets, word processing and presentation software for engineering projects; engineering ethics; and introduction to engineering methods. Eight-week course that meets two hours per week.

ENGR 1010 Engineering in 21st Century

Civilization in the 21st century has been enabled and shaped by science, engineering and technology. The foundations and social contributions of infrastructure, industry and manufacturing are investigated from the perspective of science, engineering and technology, and demonstrated through hands on applications.

ENGR 2000 Statics and Strength of Materials for Construction Management

Course includes topics such as: forces, moments, couples, and resultants; static equilibrium and statically equivalent force systems, center of gravity and center of pressure; free body method of analysis; friction; internal forces in members, concept of stress and strain; Hooke’s law, application to problems in tension/compression, shear, torsion, and bending.

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