Faculty

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Joanna Austin

Professor of Aerospace

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John O. Dabiri

Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering; Dean of Undergraduate Students

Professor Dabiri's research program develops new experimental and analytical methods in fluid mechanics in order to reveal the fundamental mechanisms that govern animal-fluid interactions. These methods are applied in laboratory and field studies of aquatic animals, and the knowledge that is gained is used to inspire new engineering technologies. The technology applications currently being pursued in the Dabiri lab include efficient and maneuverable underwater vehicles, fluid dynamic energy harvesting (e.g. wind and tidal energy), and biomedical diagnostics and therapies. Concurrently, the lab is using fluid mechanics to explain the relationships among form, function, behavior, and ecology of marine animals. A growing research effort in the Dabiri lab also studies the role of marine animals in ocean mixing dynamics and climate.

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Chiara Daraio

Professor of Aeronautics and Applied Physics

Professor Daraio focuses on materials science, condensed matter physics, and solid mechanics.

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Paul E. Dimotakis

John K. Northrop Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Applied Physics

Professor Dimotakis focuses on experimental and computational research on turbulent mixing and chemical reactions in subsonic and supersonic free-shear flows; hypersonic propulsion; mixing and the geometry of surfaces and interfaces in turbulence; scalar dispersion in turbulent flows; and related areas. Space-Related Research Recent space-related research has been in collaboration with JPL on remote sensing of the atmosphere from space and on the technical feasibility of an asteroid-return mission. Other space-related research has been on high-speed/hypersonic endoatmospheric flight and propulsion, and parachute dynamics for entry, descent, and landing.

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Morteza Gharib

Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering; Director, Ronald and Maxine Linde Institute of Economic and Management Sciences; Vice Provost

Professor Gharib's current research interests in conventional fluid dynamics and aeronautics include Vortex dynamics, active and passive flow control, nano/micro fluid dynamics, bio-Inspired wind and hydro energy harvesting as well as advanced flow- Imaging diagnostics.

His Bio-mechanics and medical engineering research activities can be categorized in two areas: Fluid dynamics of physiological machines such as human cardiovascular system, and aquatic breathing/ propulsion; development of medical devices such as heart valves, cardiovascular health monitoring and drug delivery systems.

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Dennis M. Kochmann

Assistant Professor of Aerospace

Professor Kochmann's research combines theoretical, computational, and experimental solid mechanics to study the link between microstructure and macroscopic properties of a variety of engineering materials. One of his areas of research is the simulation of microstructures in crystalline solids (such as metals). In contrast to many current phenomenological theories, Professor Kochmann's research aims at physics-based and hence predictive multiscale models applicable to polycrystal plasticity and twinning. Another of his research areas is the design of novel composite materials with tunable performance, for instance, materials whose stiffness and damping can be tuned by orders of magnitude, reaching viscoelastic stiffness greater than that of a diamond. He designs these materials using a careful composite architecture and utilizing phases with so-called negative-stiffness mechanisms.

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Beverley J. McKeon

Professor of Aeronautics; Associate Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories

Professor McKeon's research interests include interdisciplinary approaches to the manipulation and control of boundary layer flows using morphing surfaces, and fundamental investigations of wall turbulence at high Reynolds number.

Space-Related Research

Efficiency and performance challenges in aerospace vehicle design.

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Dan Meiron

Fletcher Jones Professor of Aeronautics and Applied and Computational Mathematics

Professor Meiron's research focuses on computation and modelling of basic fluid mechanical phenomena. Particular interests include shock driven flow instabilities, turbulence, simulation approaches for high strain rate solid mechanics. He is also interested on development of adaptive numeriocal methods for such flows that are suitable for high performance computation.

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Michael Ortiz

Frank and Ora Lee Marble Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering

Professor Ortiz's research interests include solid mechanics, computational mechanics, and nonlinear and failure processes in solids.

 

 

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Sergio Pellegrino

Joyce and Kent Kresa Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Civil Engineering; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist

Professor Pellegrino's research focuses on lightweight structures and particularly on problems involving packaging, deployment, shape control and stability.

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Dale Ian Pullin

Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics

Professor Pullin focuses on computational and theoretical fluid mechanics, vortex dynamics, compressible flow and shock dynamics, turbulence, and large-eddy simulation of turbulent flows.

Space-Related Research

Fluid dynamics at the mean-free path scale; statistical models of gas-surface interaction, rarefied gas dynamics.

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Guruswami Ravichandran

John E. Goode, Jr., Professor of Aerospace and Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories

Professor Ravichandran focuses on deformation and failure of materials, micro/nano mechanics, wave propagation, composites, active materials, biomaterials and cell mechanics, and experimental mechanics.

Mechanics of light-weight materials; active materials with large strain actuation; space structures.

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Ares J. Rosakis

Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering; Otis Booth Leadership Chair, Division of Engineering and Applied Science

Professor Rosakis focuses on solid mechanics, dynamic mechanical properties, ballistic impact, hypervelocity impact of micrometeorites on spacecraft, dynamic fracture and fragmentation, adiabatic shear banding, earthquake fault mechanics, mechanics of metallic glasses, restoration of ancient stone monuments, and mechanics of thin films.

Space-Related Research

Reliability of space materials and structures, spacecraft shielding against micrometeoroid impact; the mechanics of sample return (avoiding inter-planetary and planetary contamination); microelectronics and MEMS in space; optical properties of space telescope mirrors.

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Joseph E. Shepherd

C. L. Kelly Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering; Dean of Graduate Studies

Joe Shepherd teaches and conducts research on fluid mechanics, chemistry, thermodynamics, and structural mechanics with applications to high-speed flight, explosion dynamics, energy conversion technologies, and propulsion.

Space-Related Research

Chemical and electric propulsion systems; explosion hazards in launch vehicles and spacecraft.

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Sandra M. Troian

Professor of Applied Physics, Aeronautics, and Mechanical Engineering

The Laboratory of Interfacial and Small Scale Transport {LIS2T} specializes in problems involving interface-mediated transport and "interface sculpting" in systems ranging in scale from microns to nanometers. Current topical areas include the study of free surface instabilities and self-assembling structures in liquefiable films triggered by thermal, electrical, Marangoni or magnetic field modulation; intrinsic 3D lithographic patterning of nanofilms; layering transitions and symmetry breaking in nanofilms; fluid interface modulation for micro-optic, photonic and field emission micropropulsion systems;  non-normality and unstable flows at low Reynolds number; biological flows governed by Marangoni forces; development of a universal slip condition for liquid on solid flows; and study of breakdown regimes in continuum flow vs molecular dynamics simulations. We complement full scale experimentation with analytic work, numerical computations and non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations to develop physical insight for theoretical advances as well as reliable design principles for application driven work.

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Emeriti

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Donald S. Cohen

Charles Lee Powell Professor of Applied Mathematics, Emeritus

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Fred Culick

Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Jet Propulsion, Emeritus

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Hans G. Hornung

C. L. Kelly Johnson Professor of Aeronautics, Emeritus

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Wolfgang Knauss

Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics and Applied Mechanics, Emeritus

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Anthony Leonard

Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics, Emeritus

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Anatol Roshko

Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics, Emeritus

Department of Aerospace (GALCIT)