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.
Industry Expertise (2)
Areas of Expertise (10)
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
Georgia Institute of Technology: Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering
Purdue University: M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics
Purdue University: B.S., Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering
Outstanding Faculty Award, Southern Utah University (professional)
Southern Utah University Engineering and Technology Department, 2016
University Influencer Award, Southern Utah University (professional)
Southern Utah University Engineering and Technology Department, 2016
Michelson Laboratory Award, Naval Air Systems Command (professional)
Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, 2015
- American Society of Engineering Education
Media Appearances (5)
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."
SUU RocketBirds prove it's not the size of the rocket - or engineering department - that matters at international competition
St George News online
“The RocketBirds placed well, particularly considering the size of our program and budget as compared to some of our competitors,” SUU associate professor of engineering Dr. Scott Munro said. “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.”
New Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Available Fall 2018
SUU University News online
“Mechanical engineering is a broad discipline in high demand, so our graduates will be able to engage in engineering careers locally, across the state, and all over the country,” said Munro. “Expanding the engineering program will also help persuade companies considering southern Utah as a location. They will have a talent pool of qualified engineers to fill positions locally, as well as being able to leverage the technical expertise of SUU, potentially creating partnerships that enhance the student experience and benefit the company and the community.”
SUU Rocketbirds Earn Honors at the Spaceport America Cup
SUU News online
The Rocketbirds, a Southern Utah University engineering student club, earned high honors last month at the 2017 Spaceport America Cup in Sierra County, New Mexico. The SUU team placed third in the Space Dynamics Laboratory Payload Challenge, beating out 40 competitors and was third in the 10k Solid Student Researched and Developed propulsion category. Overall, the Rocketbirds placed 25 out of 82 teams competing. Considering the size of other universities in attendance, SUU’s team performed exceptionally well and ranked higher than last year’s competition.
Meteorites and Rockets Broaden Space Education
Southern Utah University online
The Engineering and Technology Department at Southern Utah University, in coordination with professionals at Utah State University, have purchased two pieces of a meteorite through the NASA Utah Space Grant Consortium. The meteorites will be used in lab demonstrations and analysis, training for Iron County teachers and student recruitment to the SUU Engineering program.
Research Grants (1)
Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium Grant
Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium $15,000
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 MixturesJournal of Propulsion and Power
Teaching an Introductory Engineering Course that also Satisfies a Humanities General Education Requirement8th Annual First Year Engineering Experience Conference
Assessment and Lessons Learned from Partially Flipping a Statics CourseASEE Rocky Mountain Regional Conference
Methods for the Measurement of Noise Emissions from High Performance Military Jet AircraftAmerican National Standards Institute
2012 This standard describes noise measurement procedures to characterize the noise emissions, including directivity and non-linearity, from high performance military (supersonic jet flow) aircraft during ground and airborne operations.
The Revolutionary Approach to Time-Critical Long Range Strike (RATTLRS) Vehicle Integration and Design Challenges and Lessons LearnedAIAA Missile Sciences Conference
Noise Reduction Through Circulation ControlProceedings of the 2004 NASA/ONR Circulation Control Workshop
Development of a Prediction Scheme for High Aspect-Ratio Jet Noise9th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference and Exhibit
Fluid Dynamics of a High Aspect-Ratio Jet9th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference and Exhibit
Aeroacoustics of a High Aspect-Ratio Jet9th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference and Exhibit
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.
ENGR 2010 Statics
Statics of particles and rigid bodies, free body diagrams, forces and moments of forces, equilibrium of rigid bodies, distributed forces, centroids, and moments of inertia.
ENGR 2030 Dynamics
Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies in plane motion. Work-energy and impulse- momentum principles.
ENGR 3030 Technical Project Management
An introduction to technical project management. The course prepares students with basic project-management skills applicable to any sized project. Topics to be covered include teamwork, the engineering design process, planning, engineering economics, systems engineering methods and tools, risk management and mitigation, testing, configuration control and documentation, and technical presentations and documentation. The course focuses on applying the concepts and methods of effective project management in a team environment to prepare students for the senior capstone sequence.
ENGR 3050/55 Fluid Mechanics
Fundamental principles of fluid mechanics. Properties of fluids. Fluid statics. Control volume and transport theorem. Continuity and motion equations. Inviscid and viscous flows. Laminar and turbulent flows. Incompressible and compressible flows. Internal and external flows. Bernoulli’s equation. Lab emphasizes analyses and reporting of results.
ENGR 4300 Vibrations
Vibration of single and multiple degree of freedom and discrete mass systems. Natural frequencies and mode shapes for free, damped, and undamped systems. Forced vibrations; forcing functions; steady state and transient response. Application of matrix methods and numerical solutions. Analogies between unsteady behavior of mechanical, electrical and fluid systems. Introduction to vibration measurements and instrumentation. Applications; avoidance of vibration problems at the design stage of a new system.