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Dr. James Paul Hubner

Professor, Departmental Graduate Program Director



  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1995
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, 1991
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, 1990

Dr. Paul Hubner joined the Capstone in 2005 and was promoted to professor in 2019. Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Alabama, he was an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Florida and chief engineer for Aerochem Corporation. His research interests in experimental aerodynamics and solid mechanics include luminescent coatings, low Reynolds number flows, fluid-structure interactions and micro air vehicles. He is an associate fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a current member of the American Physical Society.

Affiliated Areas
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

Selected Publications

  • Chen, M, D Crane and JP Hubner (2019) “Experimental Investigation of Rotor-Wing Interaction at Low Disk Loading and Low Reynolds Number,” AIAA Paper 2019-3034, June
  • Chism, K, J Kawell and JP Hubner (2019) “Luminescent Measurement Technique for Analysis of Static and Dynamic Pressure and Strain Fields,”, AIAA Paper 2019-3150, June
  • Wrist, A, and JP Hubner (2018) “Aerodynamic Comparisons of Flexible Membrane MAV Wings with Cambered and Flat Frames,” International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, 10(1):12-30, DOI: 10.1177/1756829317705327
  • Wahidi, R, SM Ölçmen and JP Hubner (2018) “Different Approaches to Applying POD Analysis to 3D3C Data in a Large Measurement Volume,” International Journal of Fluid Mechanics Research, DOI: 10.1615/InterJFluidMechRes.2018020625
  • Zhang, Z, A Wrist, and JP Hubner (2017) “Effects of Leading-Edge Vibration on a Spanwise-Tensioned Membrane at Low Reynolds Number,” Journal of Fluids and Structures, 69:441-457, 10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2016.12.009

Awards and Honors

  • AIAA Outstanding Faculty Member, UA Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
  • Zandman Award, Society of Experimental Mechanics, 2013
  • Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Faculty Member, UA College of Engineering, 2010

Dr. Hubner's Impact

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MSU-WP: From tree service to engineering

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UA Alumni Association Honors Four With Teaching Awards

The University of Alabama National Alumni Association has announced the 2017 recipients of the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching – the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards.

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Four UA Students Named Goldwater Scholars in 2017

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program has selected four University of Alabama students as Goldwater Scholars for 2017-2018.

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