Dr. Jason Hicken is an associate professor in the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering Department, and the co-director of the Rensselaer Augmented and Virtual Environment. His research interests include computational fluid dynamics, aerodynamic shape optimization, and simulation-based design. Dr. Hicken received his doctoral degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. Before joining RPI in 2012, he held a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford. He was awarded an AFOSR Young Investigator Award in 2015 and an NSF CAREER Award in 2016.