Assistant Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Carson Slabaugh obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida, where he studied convective heat transfer in turbine engine components. He completed his Ph.D. at Purdue, working on the development of high-speed laser-diagnostics for applications in high-power-density turbulent flames. He has worked extensively in the design and implementation of optically accessible combustion test rigs to apply these techniques at realistic engine conditions, with strategic developments to support complementary experimental-numerical datasets.
Dr. Slabaugh’s research is focused on the physics of turbulence and combustion in the operating regimes of advanced propulsion and energy systems. Specific interests include turbulence-chemistry interactions, swirl combustion, detonation, and thermo-acoustic instability, with an ancillary emphasis on high-bandwidth measurement technique development.