Our mission is to advance the knowledge required to develop modern high-speed vehicle systems. Our approach is to perform both fundamental gas dynamics research and aerospace vehicle system design studies. For more detailed information, see the links under the BOWERSOX GROUP tab above.
Our research interests includes fundamental understanding and control of transitional and turbulent flows, with an emphasis on chemical, mechanical and thermal nonequilibrium effects and surface interactions. Technical challenges that motivate these studies include drag reduction and thermal management for high-speed flight, innovative flow control for scramjet propulsion, and unsteady helicopter rotors dynamics.
Our research is sponsored by the AFOSR, AFRL, ARO, ASD, DoD, NASA, NSF and private industry. This sponsorship supports PhD and MS studies and laboratory development. Hypersonic vehicle and rocket design studies are performed by undergraduate and MEngr students. We also have active programs for postdocs and visiting scientists.
Students are routinely employed by the DoD, National labroatories, universities, and industry; e.g., Blue Origin, Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Space-X, Aerospace Corp, Rockewell Collins, SAIC, Siemens, Sverdrup, and Dresser-Rand.