Faculty — by Research Area

Aerodynamics

A. Alexeenko
Professor; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2003; rarefied gas dynamics, direct simulation Monte Carlo, MEMS and micropropulsion, vacuum-based manufacturing.
S. Bane
Associate Professor; Ph.D. Caltech, 2010; Plasmas for combustion and flow control, experimental combustion, optical flow diagnostics
G. A. Blaisdell
Professor; Ph.D., Stanford, 1991, computational fluid mechanics, transition and turbulence.
B. Chynoweth
Research assistant professor
S. Collicott
Professor; Ph.D., Stanford, 1991, experimental fluid mechanics, low-gravity fluid dynamics, optical diagnostics, applied optics.
J. Jewell
Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Caltech, 2014. Hypersonic aerothermodynamics, boundary layer instability, transition, and turbulence. Non-intrusive diagnostic methods for fluid mechanics.
S. Macheret
Professor; Ph.D., Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy, 1985; plasmas and electric discharges, plasma aerodynamics, microplasmas, plasma RF antennas and switches, nonequilibrium and rarefied gas dynamics, molecular and atomic processes in high-enthalpy gases and plasmas.
J. Poggie
Professor; Ph.D, Princeton University, 1995; Hypersonic Flight, Compressible Flow, Flow Control, Turbulence, Laminar-Turbulent Transition, Weakly-Ionized Plasmas, Magnetohydrodynamics
S. P. 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.
A. Shashurin
Associate professor; Laser-induced plasma; Electric propulsion; Nanosecond repetitively pulsed discharges; Plasma biomedical engineering; Generation, diagnostics and applications of cold plasmas.
T. Shih
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.

Aerospace Systems

B. Caldwell (By Courtesy)
Professor of Industrial Engineering; Ph.D., University of California-Davis, 1990; Human factors engineering; Distributed human supervisory control; Team coordination and performance using information technology
W. A. Crossley
Professor; Ph.D., Arizona State, 1995. Optimization and design methods for aerospace systems, systems of systems, design under uncertainty, environmental impact of aviation.
D. DeLaurentis
Professor; Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1998; Design Methods, Aerospace Systems and Flight Vehicles; System-of-Systems.
I. Hwang
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.
L. Leifsson
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
K. Marais
Professor; Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005, safety and risk analysis, financial modeling of engineering systems, environmental impacts of technology.
D. Sun
Professor; Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2008; distributed control, optimization and autonomy; cyber-physical systems; unmanned aerial vehicle systems; advanced air mobility; air traffic control and air transportation; intelligent transportation systems

Astrodynamics and Space Applications

D. Arnas
Assistant professor; Ph.D., Universidad de Zaragoza.
C. Frueh
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.
J. L. Garrison
Professor; Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1997, Earth remote sensing, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), bistatic radar, signals of opportunity.
K. C. Howell
Hsu Lo Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Ph.D., Stanford, 1983, orbit mechanics, spacecraft dynamics, control; trajectory optimization.
J. M. Longuski
Professor, Ph.D., Michigan, 1979, spacecraft dynamics, orbit mechanics, control, orbit decay and reentry.
D. Minton (By Courtesy)
Assistant Professor of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences; Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2009
D. Spencer
Adjunct associate professor; Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015; mission design, spacecraft relative motion, aeroassist technologies, mission operations, small satellite applications.

Dynamics and Control

M. J. Corless
Professor; Ph.D., Berkeley, 1984, dynamics, systems, control.
R. Dai
Associate professor; Ph.D., Auburn University
D. DeLaurentis
Professor; Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1998; Design Methods, Aerospace Systems and Flight Vehicles; System-of-Systems.
A. E. Frazho
Professor; Ph.D., Michigan, 1977, Control Systems.
I. Hwang
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.
S. Mou
Associate Professor; Ph.D. Yale University, 2014; Distributed Control of Multi-Agent Networks, Distributed Optimization, UAVs Design and Collaboration.
D. Sun
Professor; Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2008; distributed control, optimization and autonomy; cyber-physical systems; unmanned aerial vehicle systems; advanced air mobility; air traffic control and air transportation; intelligent transportation systems

Propulsion

W. Anderson
Professor; Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University 1996. Chemical propulsion and design methodologies
J. Gore (By Courtesy)
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.
S. D. Heister
Raisbeck Engineering Distinguished Professor for Engineering and Technology Integration; Ph.D., UCLA, 1988, rocket propulsion, liquid propellant injection systems.
N. Key (By Courtesy)
Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., Purdue University, 2007; Aerothermal aspects of turbomachinery, Axial and radial compressor performance, Experimental methods in fluid mechanics
R. Lucht
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.
T. Pourpoint
Professor, Ph.D., Purdue University, 2005; aerospace propulsion systems, rocket engine combustors, liquid propellant injection systems, hypergolic propellants, high pressure and hydrogen storage systems.
L. Qiao
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.
C. Slabaugh
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.
S. Son (By Courtesy)
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.
H. Wang
Associate Professor; Ph.D. Cornell University, 2010; Turbulence and combustion modeling; Computational fluid dynamics; High-performance computing; Machine learning and data-driven modeling.

Structures & Materials

W. Chen
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.
W. A. Crossley
Professor; Ph.D., Arizona State, 1995. Optimization and design methods for aerospace systems, systems of systems, design under uncertainty, environmental impact of aviation.
J. F. Doyle
Professor; Ph.D., Illinois, 1977, structural dynamics, experimental mechanics, inverse problems, wave propagation.
R. Pipes
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.
M. Sangid
Elmer F. Bruhn Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; 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)
F. Semperlotti (By Courtesy)
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2009
T. Tallman
Assistant Professor; PhD, University of Michigan, 2015; multifunctional materials, nanocomposites, smart structures, structural health monitoring, inverse mechanics, and tomographic imaging.
V. Tomar
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
W. Tsutsui
W. Yu
PhD, Georgia Tech, 2002. Technical area: structural mechanics, micromechanics, multiscale constitutive modeling
D. Zhang
Assistant professor; Ph.D., University of Michigan