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Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Alina Alexeenko
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education & Academic Programs in Indianapolis; Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics & Chemical Engineering; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Professor; Purdue University Faculty Scholar, 2015-2020; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2003; rarefied gas dynamics, direct simulation Monte Carlo, MEMS and micropropulsion, vacuum-based manufacturing.
ARMS 3027
(765) 496-1864
William Anderson
Professor; Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University 1996. Chemical propulsion and design methodologies
ARMS 3223
(765) 496-2658
David Arnas
Assistant Professor
Assistant professor; Ph.D., Universidad de Zaragoza. Astrodynamics, Satellite Constellation Design, Mission Analysis, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science.
ARMS 2015
(765) 494-3344
Sally Bane
Director of Laboratory & Hands On Education, and Associate Professor of AAE
Associate Professor; Ph.D. Caltech, 2010; Plasmas for combustion and flow control, experimental combustion, optical flow diagnostics
ARMS 3219
(765) 494-9364
Gregory Blaisdell
Professor, Associate Head of Gambaro Graduate Program of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Professor; Ph.D., Stanford, 1991, computational fluid mechanics, transition and turbulence.
ARMS 2029
(765) 494-1490
Barrett Caldwell
Professor of Industrial Engineering & Aeronautics and Astronautics
Ph.D., University of California-Davis, 1990; Human factors engineering; Distributed human supervisory control; Team coordination and performance using information technology.
(765) 494-5412
Andrea Capannolo
Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
ARMS 3207
Steven Collicott
Professor; Ph.D., Stanford, 1991, experimental fluid mechanics, low-gravity fluid dynamics, optical diagnostics, applied optics.
ARMS 2039
(765) 494-2339
Martin Corless
Professor; Ph.D., Berkeley, 1984, dynamics, systems, control.
ARMS 3335
(765) 494-7411
William Crossley
Uhrig & Vournas Head of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Professor; Ph.D., Arizona State, 1995. Optimization and design methods for aerospace systems, systems of systems, design under uncertainty, environmental impact of aviation.
ARMS 2023
(765) 496-2872
Ran Dai
Associate Professor
Associate professor; Ph.D., Auburn University
ARMS 3227
(765) 496-5243
Daniel DeLaurentis
  • Bruce Reese Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Chief Scientist of the Department of Defense Systems Engineering Research Center UARC
  • Vice President for Research Institutes and Centers, Purdue Discovery Park District
Professor; Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1998; Design Methods, Aerospace Systems and Flight Vehicles; System-of-Systems.
ARMS 3225
(765) 494-0694
James Doyle
Professor Emeritus of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Professor; Ph.D., Illinois, 1977, structural dynamics, experimental mechanics, inverse problems, wave propagation.
ARMS 3327
(765) 494-5145
Arthur Frazho
Professor; Ph.D., Michigan, 1977, Control Systems.
ARMS 3333
(765) 494-5976
Carolin Frueh
Harold DeGroff Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Associate Professor; Ph.D. University of Bern, Switzerland, 2011; Space Situational Awareness (satellites, debris and near earth objects), Space Object Characterization, Satellite Guidance, Navigation and Control, Astrodynamics, Sensor Tasking, Low Observability Systems, Information Quantification and Retrieval.
ARMS 3309
(765) 494-7436
James Garrison
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (by courtesy)
University Faculty Scholar, 2022-2027
Professor; Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1997, Earth remote sensing, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), bistatic radar, signals of opportunity.
ARMS 3311
(765) 496-7482
Stephen Heister
Raisbeck Engineering Distinguished Professor for Engineering and Technology Integration
Raisbeck Engineering Distinguished Professor for Engineering and Technology Integration; Ph.D., UCLA, 1988, rocket propulsion, liquid propellant injection systems.
ARMS 2019
(765) 494-5126
Kathleen Howell
Hsu Lo Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Hsu Lo Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Ph.D., Stanford, 1983, orbit mechanics, spacecraft dynamics, control; trajectory optimization.
ARMS 3235
(765) 494-5786
Inseok Hwang
University Faculty Scholar, 2017-2022
Professor; Ph.D., Stanford University, 2004; hybrid system theory, information inference of complex dynamical systems, safety verification, and their application to the control of multiple-vehicle systems, especially air traffic surveillance and control.
ARMS 3323
(765) 494-0687
Joseph Jewell
John Bogdanoff Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Ph.D., Caltech, 2014. Hypersonic aerothermodynamics, boundary layer instability, transition, and turbulence. Non-intrusive diagnostic methods for fluid mechanics.
Aerospace Sciences Lab (AERO) Room 13B & ARMS 3216
(765) 494-6549
Kawai Kwok
Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Ph.D., Caltech. Aerospace structures design; Deployable spacecraft and aircraft concepts; Multifunctional composite materials; In-space manufacturing and assembly; High-throughput characterization; Thin-shell stability; Viscoelasticity
ARMS 3205
Keith LeGrand
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Cornell University, Aerospace Engineering, 2022; Sandia National Laboratories, 2013-2019; multi-sensor multi-object tracking; spacecraft navigation; space domain awareness; intelligent sensor control and tasking
ARMS 3213
(765) 496-3592
Leifur Leifsson
Associate Professor
Associate professor; Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Aerospace Engineering, 2006; Computational design of aerospace systems; multidisciplinary design optimization; surrogate-based modeling and optimization; uncertainty quantification; machine learning; multifidelity methods
ARMS 3229
(765) 494-3311
Husheng Li
Professor Of Aero And Astro Engineering
Professor; Ph.D., Princeton, 2005; Research Interest: Autonomous and Connected Systems; Cyber Physical Systems, Wireless Communications, Radar Systems, Statistical Signal Processing, Information Theory, Random Matrix Theory.
ARMS 3215
(765) 494-4919
Robert Lucht
Ralph and Bettye Bailey Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ralph and Bettye Bailey Professor of Combustion in Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., Purdue 1981, Laser diagnostics, Diode-laser-based sensors, Gas turbine and internal engine combustion, Materials processing and synthesis, Combustion science, Fluid mechanics and heat transfer.
(765) 494-5623
Kazuki Maeda
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2018; Rocket Propulsion, Hypersonics, Cyberphysical Integration, Complex Flow Physics, High-performance Computing
ARMS 3211
(765) 496-0937
Karen Marais
Professor; Associate Head for Undergraduate Education
Professor; Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005, safety and risk analysis, financial modeling of engineering systems, environmental impacts of technology.
ARMS 2041
(765) 494-0063
Shaoshuai Mou
Elmer Bruhn Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering by courtesy.
Co-Director, Institute for Control, Optimization and Networks (ICON)
Associate Professor; Ph.D. Yale University, 2014; Distributed Control of Multi-Agent Networks, Distributed Optimization, UAVs Design and Collaboration.
ARMS 3329
(765) 494-2546
Kenshiro Oguri
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, 2021; NASA JPL-Caltech Mission Design and Navigation section, 2021; astrodynamics, mission design, trajectory optimization, spacecraft GNC
ARMS 2021
(765) 496-0887
R Byron Pipes
John L. Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Joint appointment with Chemical Engineering & Materials Engineering
John L. Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering; Ph.D., University of Texas, 1972; application of nanotechnology to engineering disciplines including aerospace, composite materials, and polymer science and engineering.
(765) 494-5767
Jonathan Poggie
Professor; Ph.D, Princeton University, 1995; Hypersonic Flight, Compressible Flow, Flow Control, Turbulence, Laminar-Turbulent Transition, Weakly-Ionized Plasmas, Magnetohydrodynamics
ARMS 3315
(765) 496-0614
Timothée Pourpoint
University Faculty Scholar, 2020-2025
Professor, Ph.D., Purdue University, 2005; aerospace propulsion systems, rocket engine combustors, liquid propellant injection systems, hypergolic propellants, high pressure and hydrogen storage systems.
Chaffee Hall, Room 116 & ARMS 2017
(765) 494-9423
Li Qiao
Professor, Associate Head for Engagement and Recognition
Professor; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2007; Energetic nanomaterials, fuel synthesis and alternative fuels, pre-chamber turbulent jet ignition, supercritical fuel behaviors in high-pressure propulsion systems, micro-propulsion for space applications, experimental fluid dynamics, advanced laser and x-Ray diagnostics.
ARMS 3221
(765) 494-2040
Michael Sangid
Reilly Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics/Professor of Materials Engineering
Executive Director of Hypersonics Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center
University Faculty Scholar, 2022-2027
Ph.D. University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, 2010; Physical basis of failure mechanisms (fatigue, fracture, etc.); Coupled simulations and in situ experiments for model validation; Accelerated qualification of structural materials (including additive manufacturing); Location specific life analysis and property tailoring of components; Digital manufacturing and lifecycle management (digital twin)
ARMS 2027
(765) 494-0146
Steven Schneider
Professor; Ph.D., Caltech, 1989. Focuses on hypersonic and supersonic laminar-turbulent transition. Experimental research includes the development of the Boeing/AFOSR Mach-6 Quiet Tunnel and associate instrumentation.
Room 13C AERO (Hangar 3) & ARMS 3216
(765) 494-3343
Alexey Shashurin
Associate Professor
Associate professor; Laser-induced plasma; Electric propulsion; Nanosecond repetitively pulsed discharges; Plasma biomedical engineering; Generation, diagnostics and applications of cold plasmas.
ARMS 3331
(765) 496-0618
Tom Shih
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Professor; Ph.D., The University of Michigan, 1981; Computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, thermal management, gas turbine aerothermal, control of shock-wave/boundary-layer interactions, aircraft icing.
ARMS 3307
(765) 494-5118
Carson Slabaugh
Paula Feuer Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Associate professor; Ph.D., Purdue University, 2014; Research focus on multi-physics fluid mechanics at extreme conditions, including turbulent, high pressure, multi-phase, and reacting flows. Experimental techniques to characterize the chemistry and physics of complex flows are also emphasized. Applications include rockets, gas turbines, high-speed propulsion systems, and detonation-based engines.
ARMS 2035 and ZL3 106
(765) 494-3256
Dengfeng Sun
Professor; Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2008; distributed control, optimization and autonomy; resilient network control and optimization; optimal resource allocation in large-scale infrastructure systems; unmanned aerial vehicle systems; advanced air mobility; air traffic control and air transportation.
ARMS 3217
(765) 494-5718
Tyler Tallman
Associate Professor
PhD, University of Michigan, 2015; Multifunctional Materials, Embedded Sensing, Inverse Problems, Smart Structures, and Nondestructive Evaluation
ARMS 3325
(765) 494-2490
Vikas Tomar
University Faculty Scholar, 2016-2021
Professor; PhD Georgia Tech-December 2005; Mechanical Raman Spectroscopy; Energy and Energetic Materials; In-Situ Shock Loading Analyses; Hypersonics and Space Environment Testing; Data Science and Machine Learning Aided Extreme Environment Sensor Design; Battery Management Systems
ARMS 2033
(765) 494-3423
Haifeng Wang
Associate Professor
Associate Professor; Ph.D. Cornell University, 2010; Turbulence and combustion modeling; Computational fluid dynamics; High-performance computing; Machine learning and data-driven modeling.
ARMS 3313
(765) 494-4093
Wenbin Yu
PhD, Georgia Tech, 2002. Technical area: structural mechanics, micromechanics, multiscale constitutive modeling
ARMS 3321
(765) 494-5142
Dianyun Zhang
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan
ARMS 3233
(765) 496-5231

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Research Faculty

Brandon Chynoweth
Research Associate Professor
Aerospace Sciences Lab (AERO) Room 2
(765) 496-7929
Zherui Martinez-Guo
Research Assistant Professor
Ballistic & Hypervelocity impact; Energetic materials; Armor systems optimization; Solid mechanics; Synchrotron X-rays

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Professors of Engineering Practice

Jamie Canino
Associate Professor of Engineering Practice
ARMS 3209
Thiago Augusto Machado Guimaraes
Associate Professor of Engineering Practice

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(765) 494-4865
James Goppert
Managing Director of Purdue's UAS Research and Test Facility, and AAE Lecturer

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Visiting Faculty

Danilo De Camargo Branco
Visiting Assistant Professor
ARMS 3212
(765) 496-4011
Pankaj Joshi
Visiting Assistant Professor
David Wolf
Visiting Professor
Honorary Doctorate - Purdue University
Astronaut - STS 58, STS-86, STS-89, STS-112, STS-127

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Courtesy Faculty

Andres Arrieta Diaz (By Courtesy)
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., University of Bristol, United Kingdom, '10; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ETH Zurich, '12
ME 3061H, HLAB 1004
Luciano Castillo (By Courtesy)
Kenninger Professor of Renewable Energy and Power Systems in Mechanical Engineering
Christopher Goldenstein (By Courtesy)
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., Stanford University, 2014
Jay Gore (By Courtesy)
Reilly Professor in Combustion Engineering
Vincent P. Reilly Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1986, combustion, turbulent reacting flows and pollutant reduction, radiation heat transfer, biomedical heat transfer and fluid flows.
Chaffee Hall, Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories (Mechanical Engineering)
(765) 494-0061
Briony Horgan (By Courtesy)
Professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science
PhD, Cornell University, 2010
Neera Jain (By Courtesy)
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Nicole Key (By Courtesy)
Professor Of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., Purdue University, 2007; Aerothermal aspects of turbomachinery, Axial and radial compressor performance, Experimental methods in fluid mechanics
ZUCR 126, ME 2149
(765) 494-2333
Jan-Anders Mansson (By Courtesy)
Distinguished Professor of Materials Engineering and Chemical Engineering
Co-Director of IN-MaC; PhD, Chalmers University of Technology
Monique Mcclain (By Courtesy)
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Terrence Meyer (By Courtesy)
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
David Minton (By Courtesy)
Associate Professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2009
Guillermo Paniagua (By Courtesy)
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics (by Courtesy)

Research areas: Turbomachinery, turbines; Measurement techniques, experimental turbomachinery; Air-breathing propulsion.

ZL3 (Zucrow Labs)
(765) 494-1514
Carlo Scalo (By Courtesy)
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Fabio Semperlotti (By Courtesy)
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2009
(765) 494-5974
Steven Son (By Courtesy)
Alfred J. Mcallister Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1993; Multiphase combustion, particularly related to propellants, explosives, and pyrotechnics; Nanoscale composite energetic materials; Advanced energetic materials; Microscale combustion.
130 Chaffee Hall, Zucrow Labs
(765) 494-8208
Roger Wiens (By Courtesy)
Professor of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

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Adjunct Faculty

Weinong Chen
Adjunct Professor
Professor; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1995, Mechanical Response of Solids and Structures under Extreme Conditions, Microstructural Effects on Mechanical Behavior, Fatigue Behavior of Engineering Materials, Experimental Solid and Structural Mechanics.
ARMS 2031
(765) 494-1788
Daniel Dumbacher
Adjunct Professor
Executive Director of AIAA
MS Business Administration, University of Alabama, 1984
BS Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1981
Sergey Gimelshein
Adjunct Associate Professor
Adjunct associate professor; Non-equilibrium flow simulations using Fluent-NEQ, PIC-MCC/DSMC for microscale combustion, space plumes/charging, hypersonics, plasma combustion, electric propulsion
Michael Grant
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Adjunct assistant professor; Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012
Mark Grubelich
Adjunct Associate Professor of Engineering Practice
Pascal Hubert
Adjunct Professor
Vlastimil Kunc
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Team lead, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Mark Lewis
CEO of Purdue Applied Research Institute (PARI)
Adjunct professor; ScD MIT; hypersonic aerodynamics and propulsion; vehicle design and optimization; engine-airframe integration; advanced space propulsion
Belinda Marchand
Adjunct Associate Professor
Director of Astrodynamics and Space Systems R&D, Slingshot Aerospace
Adjunct associate professor; Ph.D., Purdue University, 2007
John Rusek
Adjunct Associate Professor
Srdjan Simunovic
Adjunct Associate Professor
Research scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Henry Yang
Adjunct Professor
UCSB Chancellor and Distinguished Professor
(765) 494-5346
Boris Yendler
Adjunct Associate Professor

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Emeritus Faculty

Dominick Andrisani
Emeritus Professor
John Drake
Professor Emeritus
Alten Grandt
Raisbeck Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Emeritus Faculty; Former Raisbeck Engineering Distinguished Professor for Engineering and Technology Integration; Ph.D., Illinois, 1971, damage-tolerant structures and materials, fatigue and fracture, aging aircraft.
Winthrop Gustafson
Professor Emeritus
James Longuski
Professor Emeritus of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Professor, Ph.D., Michigan, 1979, spacecraft dynamics, orbit mechanics, control, orbit decay and reentry.
ARMS 3220
(765) 494-5139
Francis Marshall
Professor Emeritus
Charles Merkle
Professor Emeritus, Reilly Professor of Engineering
Professor Emeritus; Reilly Professor of Engineering; Ph.D., Princeton University, 1969, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Mechanics, Two Phase Flows, Propulsion Components and Systems
John Sullivan
Emeritus Professor
Emeritus Professor; Sc.D., MIT, 1973, experimental aerodynamics laser instrumentation, luminescent sensors for temperature and pressure measurements.
Chin-Teh Sun
Neil A. Armstrong Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Neil A. Armstrong Distinguished Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., Northwestern, 1967, composites, fracture and fatigue, structural dynamics, smart materials and structures.
Terrence Weisshaar
Professor Emeritus
Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., Stanford, 1971, aircraft structural mechanics, aeroelasticity, integrated design.
Marc Williams
Professor Emeritus
Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., Princeton, 1975, aerodynamics, computational fluid mechanics.

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