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Scott Munro - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Scott Munro Scott Munro

Associate Professor of Engineering / Mechanical Engineering Program Director | Southern Utah University


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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Industry Expertise (2)


Mechanical/Industrial Engineering

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

Education (3)

Georgia Institute of Technology: Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering

Purdue University: M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics

Purdue University: B.S., Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering

Accomplishments (3)

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

Affiliations (1)

  • 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."

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

Articles (9)

A Study of Solid Ramjet Fuel Containing Boron-Magnesium Mixtures

Journal of Propulsion and Power


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


Methods for the Measurement of Noise Emissions from High Performance Military Jet Aircraft

American 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 Learned

AIAA Missile Sciences Conference


Noise Reduction Through Circulation Control

Proceedings of the 2004 NASA/ONR Circulation Control Workshop


Development of a Prediction Scheme for High Aspect-Ratio Jet Noise

9th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference and Exhibit


Fluid Dynamics of a High Aspect-Ratio Jet

9th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference and Exhibit


Aeroacoustics of a High Aspect-Ratio Jet

9th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference and Exhibit


Courses (8)

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.