Aerospace Engineering

S. N. Balakrishnan

Curators' Distinguished Professor

Research Interests

Guidance, stability, control and estimation, pattern recognition, stochastic processes, optimization, neural network applications to control, numerical methods and design.

K. Chandrashekhara

Curators' Distinguished Professor

Research Interests

Composite materials, smart structures, nanocomposites, biocomposites, structural dynamics, finite element analysis, damage monitoring, composite manufacturing and experimental characterization.

Lokeswarappa Dharani

Curators' Distinguished Professor

Research Interests

Aircraft structures, fracture mechanics, fatigue and failure analysis; micromechanics; composite materials and structures; process modeling of ceramic matrix composites; friction and wear of composites; and fracture of laminated glazing.

Kyle DeMars

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Stochastic estimation and control theory; information theory; nonlinear uncertainty propagation and rectification; autonomous guidance, navigation, and control of aerospace vehicles; orbit determination, data association, conjunction assessment, and collision avoidance; attitude dynamics, determination, and control; autonomous sensor management; high-fidelity dynamical and observational modeling.

Lian Duan

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

High-speed aerodynamics, flow instability and transition, turbulent flow simulation and modeling, flow-generated sound, high performance computing, machine learning and data-driven modeling.

Serhat Hosder

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, uncertainty quantification, hypersonic flows and systems, computational fluid dynamics, planetary entry/descent/landing of spacecraft, multidisciplinary analysis and design of aerospace vehicles, robust design, numerical methods.

K. M. Isaac

Professor/Associate Chair of Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Fluid dynamics, aero-structure interaction and control, active flow control, unmanned air vehicles (UAV), electrochemical magnetohydrodynamics-based microfluidics, CFD simulation of transport phenomena.

Gearoid Mac Sithigh

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Finite elasticity, viscoelasticity, liquid crystal hydrodynamics, solid and continuum mechanics.

Henry Pernicka

Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Dean’s Educator Scholar

Research Interests

Astrodynamics, orbital mechanics, spacecraft design, spacecraft mission design, satellite attitude dynamics, nonlinear analysis, dynamics and control, optimization.

David Riggins

Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor

Research Interests

Fluid dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, hypersonic propulsion systems, computational analysis of jet mixing, flow losses and mixing enhancement in combustors, aircraft gas turbine ramjet propulsion systems, and scramjet performance.

Charles S. Wojnar

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Aerospace structures, active materials, mechanics of materials, continuum mechanics, micromechanics, manufacturing, experimental and computational solid mechanics.