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MAE Faculty Research

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty research projects not only benefit the department and faculty research interests, but they also support undergraduate and graduate students. Current projects change regularly, but something consistent is our focus on research, which provides students additional benefits to their education in both knowledge and experience.

Faculty research is listed below by application and scientific discipline, with links to faculty pages where students can look for current reasearch opportunities.


Aeronautics

Research areas include aircraft analysis, design, and optimization; propulsion; subsonic and supersonic aerodynamics; aircraft dynamics and flight simulation.

Faculty working in this area include:


Astronautics

Research areas include Non-Keplarian motion, space trajectory optimization, orbital relative motion, and distributed space systems. Applications include mission spacecraft mission design, orbital rendezvous and proximity operations, satellite formation and constellation deign.

Faculty working in this area include:


Fluid Dynamics

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Guidance, Navigation, and Control

Research areas include optimal stochastic GN&C system design, optimal estimation, and space situational awareness. Applications include lunar powered descent, orbital rendezvous and proximity operations, interplanetary GN&C, and autonomous orbital navigation.

Faculty working in this area include:


Heat Transfer

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Image Based Measurements

Research areas include microscopy, deformation measurements (digital image correlation), thermal measurements (IR thermography), fluid flow visualization (particle image velocimetry), and high speed imaging.

Faculty working in this area include:


Material Science

Research areas include various thermo-mechanical characterization of materials via computation and experiments across temperature, time, and length scales. Material systems include advanced metals, ceramics, and composites.

Faculty working in this area include:


Microscale/Nanoscale Science

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Nuclear Energy & Materials

USU research involves advanced nuclear materials and energy system modeling, design and experimental validation, focusing on next generation reactor concepts and small modular light-water reactors. Additional info at nuclear.usu.edu

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Numerical Methods

Research areas include algorithm and method development for engineering design, analysis, and optimization; code profiling; data visualization; high-performance computing.

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Renewable Energy

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Solid Mechanics

Deformation and failure phenomena across temperature, time, and length scales. Phenomena include delamination, high speed impact, fracture, fatigue, plasticity, and creep.

Faculty working in this area include: