Joseph E. Shepherd

Joseph E. Shepherd

C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering; Allen V. C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair, Student Affairs; Vice President for Student Affairs

Degrees and Appointments

B.S., University of South Florida, 1976; Ph.D., Caltech, 1981. Associate Professor, 1993-99; Professor of Aeronautics, 1999-2005; Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering, 2006-08; Johnson Professor, 2008-; Davis Leadership Chair, 2018-; Dean of Graduate Studies, 2009-15; Vice President for Student Affairs, 2015-.


Research Group Matters
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Research Overview

Joe Shepherd's research in aerospace focuses on the high speed flight and aviation safety. His high speed flow research group uses the numerical simulation, theory and experiments in the T5 hypervelocity reflected shock tunnel and the Ludweig tube to study instabilities of boundary layers and transition to turbulence in supersonic and hypersonic flows. His explosion dynamics research group uses theory, numerical simulations and experiments in shock tubes, detonation tubes, flow reactors, combustion vessels to study ignition, flame and detonation propagation in a a wide range of fuel-oxidizer systems relevant to industrial hazards. 

List of Research Areas

combustion, explosion, detonation, shock waves, hypersonics, structural mechanics

GALCIT News about Joseph E. Shepherd
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