Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Fluid Dynamics and Propulsion
Research in this area includes incompressible and compressible turbulent flows, multiphase flows, chemically reacting and other nonequilibrium flows, turbomachinery, electrosprays, aeroelasticity, aerodynamic optimization and aeroacoustics. Computational approaches include direct numerical simulation and large-eddy simulation; laboratories include wind tunnels, anechoic chambers, and high-speed jet facilities. Specific areas of interest include:
- Biomedical Flows
- Combustion Theory
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Jet & Rocket Propulsion
- Multiphase Flow
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Electric propulsion, with emphasis on colloid thruster technology for precision formation flying missions and Hall thrusters. Electrohydrodynamic atomization of liquids and related problems like electrospray ionization and technological applications of electrosprays. Aerosol diagnostics.
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Combustion theory, multiphase flows, turbulent reacting flows, computational methods. Rocket and jet propulsion, gas turbine and internal combustion engines.
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Geometric nonlinear nontrol theory; unsteady aerodynamics and aeroelasticity; optimization, calculus of variations and optimal control; flight dynamics and autopilot design; airplane performance and configuration aerodynamics.