Aerospace Science and Engineering

Aerospace Science research areas include:

Fluid Dynamics/Aerodynamics

Research Areas: Experimental, Numerical, and Theoretical fluid mechanics; Advanced Aerodynamic Flow Control techniques, Passive and Active; Aerodynamics of low, moderate and high Reynolds number flows; Manned and unmanned aerial vehicle aerodynamics; Acoustics and vibrations; Compressible flows; Wind energy.
Participating faculty: Michael Amitay, Jason Hicken, Amir Hirsa, Assad Oberai, Zvi Rusak, Onkar Sahni , Henry Scarton, and Lucy Zhang.

Advanced Structures/Materials

Research Areas: Active Structures, Morphing Structures, Cellular Structures, Structures with integrated damping capability, Energy absorption capability; Advanced materials including piezoelectric materials, shape memory alloys and polymers, electrorheological and magnetrorheological fluids, nano-materials; Advanced composites, bio-composites; Advanced structural analysis methods, Nonlinear aeroelasticity, nonlinear multi-body dynamics; and Computational Structural Dynamics.
Participating faculty: Farhan Gandhi, Prabhat Hajela, Jason Hicken, Nikhil Koratkar, Emily Liu, Assad Oberai, and Daniel Walczyk.


Research Areas: Multidisciplinary design optimization; Aerodynamic shape optimization; trajectory optimization; Optimization under uncertainty; Inverse problems and model reduction
Participating faculty: Prabhat Hajela, Jason Hicken, Onkar Sahni , and Assad Oberai.


Research Areas: Spacecraft trajectory control optimization; Spacecraft relative motion optimization; Alternative ways to optimize propellant consumption relying on atmospheric differential drag; Large flexible spacecraft dynamics and control, space vehicle control.
Participating faculty: Kurt Anderson and John Christian.


Research Areas: Fuel chemistry; Optical diagnostics; Solid propellants; Spray combustion; Nano-energetics; Swirl-Stabilized combustion; Transonic combustion.
Participating faculty: Matthew Oehlschlaeger, and Zvi Rusak.