Aerospace Research

The faculty of the Aerospace Engineering program are active in exciting research areas relevant to current atmospheric flight and spaceflight disciplines. These areas include hypersonic flows and technologies, planetary entry/descent/landing of spacecraft, active flow control, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), composite materials, smart structures, nanocomposites, plasma aerospace applications, space propulsion, small satellite technology development, and spacecraft orbit and mission design. Students assist faculty with their research programs, including working in laboratories, conducting computer simulations, and developing new theories that all advance the state-of-the-art in the aerospace community.

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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.

Daoru (Frank) Han

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Plasma aerospace applications; Space propulsion; Plasma-material interactions; Plasma physics and rarefied gas dynamics; High-performance computing

Serhat Hosder

Professor

Research Interests

Computational aerodynamics/aerothermodynamics, hypersonic flows and technologies, uncertainty quantification, planetary entry/descent/landing of spacecraft, computational fluid dynamics, aerodynamic shape optimization, robust design, numerical methods.

K. M. Isaac

Professor

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.

Henry Pernicka

Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor

Research Interests

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

David Riggins

Curator's Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus

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.