Areas: Fluid Dynamics, Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Aero-propulsion related systems modeling, simulation and optimization

This laboratory focuses on the development of models for aerodynamics, propulsion systems, and vehicle properties with the aim of producing models of systems which are of sufficient fidelity to be useful in trade and performance studies while maintaining sufficient computational efficiencies to be of practical use for large numbers of simulations.

Research Interests:

  • Aerospace Systems Modeling and Optimization
  • Rocket Propulsion
  • Airbreathing Propulsion
  • Aerodynamics


  • Modeling of Solid Rocket Motors
    • Optimization of Missile an Launch Systems
    • Solid Rocket Motor Systems
    • Ramjet Systems
    • Liquid Rocket Systems
    • Earth to Orbit Launch Systems
  • Development of Propeller Drive Mechanism
  • Optimization of Wind Turbines and Propellers
  • Freight Truck Drag Reduction
  • Specialized testing of Component Drag
  • Nonintrusive Optical Diagnostics
  • Analysis of Launch Vehicle Aeroacoustics
  • SCRAMJET Propulsion
  • Optimal Rotorcraft Design
  • Hypersonic Vehicle Design
Aerospace Engineering
PhD, University of Virginia, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1991
MS, University of Virginia, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1989
BS, University of Southern Mississippi, Physics, 1985
aerospace engineering