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AERO-ASTRO, ENERGY, and the ENVIRONMENT

Aeronautics and Astronautics Department faculty and researchers are developing means to transform aviation and related systems to meet the needs of the future, and to improve existing aviation systems. Here, we present Aero-Astro individuals who have identified specific energy-related interests and projects. Their research categories and interests map to areas delineated by the MIT Energy Initiative on its research page.

Balakrishnan | Belobaba | de Weck | Drela | Frazzoli | Greitzer | How | Lagace | Leveson | Marzouk | Peraire | Radovitzky | Spakovszky | Tan | Waitz | Wardle | Willcox | Williams

Hamsa Balakrishnan

Hamsa Balakrishnan, assistant professor
Energy-related research categories: Global Systems – transportation and vehicle systems; Tools – modeling and simulation. Interests: air traffic control, traffic flow management, airport operations scheduling, hybrid systems - profile-

Peter Belobaba

Peter Belobaba, principal research scientist
Energy-related research categories: Global Systems – transportation and vehicle systems. Interests: air transportation economics and operations analysis; airline pricing and revenue management; airline and aerospace industry analysis - profile-

Oli de Weck

Olivier De Weck, associate professor
Energy-related research categories: Tools – modeling, simulations, complex systems. Interests: lifecycle modeling and optimization, design for changeability and standardization, technology infusion in complex systems, modularity, offshore facility design with tie-in -profile-

Mark Drela

Mark Drela, Terry J. Kohler Professor of Fluid Dynamics
Energy-related research categories: Transformations – wind. Interests: aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, design methodology -profile-

Emilio Frazzoli

Emilio Frazzoli, associate professor
Energy-related research categories: Global Systems – transportation and vehicle systems; Tools – modeling and simulation. Interests: autonomous systems, air traffic control, cyber-physical systems, optimization, control theory, robotics. -profile-

Ed Greitzer

Edward Greitzer, H.N. Slater Professor
Energy-related research categories: Innovations –carbon Sequestration; Global Systems – transportation and vehicle systems. Interests: turbomachinery; propulsion, silent aircraft, flow control, internal flow; university-industry collaboration; robust design of gas turbine engines -profile-

Jon How

Jonathan How, professor
Energy-related research categories: Global Systems – transportation and vehicle systems. Interests: navigation and control: gps sensing for navigation and control of formation flying vehicles, experimental and theoretical robust control, trajectory optimization and activity planning for multiple uavs -profile-

Oli de Weck

Paul Lagace, professor
Energy-related research categories: Tools – structural engineering. Interests: composite materials and their structures, fracture, longevity, and damage tolerance, manufacturing, generic systems applications, engineering systems -profile-

Oli de Weck

Nancy Leveson, professor
Energy-related research categories: Transformations – policy regulation, siting, security; Global Systems – science and policy of climate change; Tools – modeling, simulation, complex systems. Interests: design for safety, system safety engineering, risk analysis and risk management, socio-technical systems policy and safety analysis, software and human safety, systems engineering and analysis of software-intensive systems, security, organization and safety culture -profile-

Youssef Marzouk

Youssef Marzouk, Boeing Assistant Professor
Energy-related research categories: Innovations – hydrocarbon products and processing, energy conversion alternatives, carbon sequestration; Global Systems – transportation and vehicle systems, carbon management; Tools – modeling and simulation, complex systems Interests: fluid dynamics and chemically reacting flow in energy conversion/propulsion systems and in the environment; uncertainty quantification; computational simulation for design, prediction, and decision-making in complex uncertain systems; data assimilation and inverse problems; carbon sequestration; kinetic and thermophysical models for alternative fuels -profile-

peraire

Jaume Peraire, professor
Energy-related research categories: Transformations - wind: Tools – modeling, simulation, complex systems. Interests: computational mechanics, high performance computing, aerodynamics, flapping -profile-

Radovitzky

Raul Radovitzky, associate professor
Energy-related research categories: Tools – nanotechnology and modeling, simulation and complex systems Interests: computational solid mechanics and fluid, structure interaction, mechanics of materials, multiscale modeling and simulation, high-performance and massively parallel computing -profile-

Spakovszky

Zoltan Spakovszky, associate professor
Energy-related research categories: Global Systems – transportation and vehicle systems. Interests: internal flows, turbomachinery, propulsion systems and control, aeroengine dynamic system modeling, aero-acoustics -profile-

Choon Tan

Choon Tan, senior research engineer
Energy-related research categories: Innovations – energy conversion alternatives, carbon sequestration; Global Systems - transportation and vehicle systems. Interests: Unsteady and three-dimensional flow in turbomachinery and propulsive devices; aerodynamic instabilities in aircraft gas turbine engines; propulsion systems -profile-

Ian Waitz

Ian Waitz, professor, department head
Energy-related research categories: Transformations – biofuels; Tools – modeling and simulation, complex systems. Interests: modeling and evaluation of climate, local air quality and noise impacts of aviation, including the assessment of technologies, alternative fuels, aircraft operating procedures, air transportation system -profile-

Brian Wardle

Brian Wardle, associate professor
Energy-related research categories: Innovations – hydrocarbon products and processing, energy conversion alternatives, heat management; Transformations - hydrogen; Global Systems – transportation and vehicle systems; Tools – nanotechnology. Interests: composite and layered materials; hybrid nanocomposite systems; mems power devices and energy harvesting; structural health monitoring systems; active materials and devices; fracture, fatigue, and damage mechanics; finite-element modeling; structural response and testing; buckling mechanics -profile-

Karne WIllcox

Karen Willcox, associate professor
Energy-related research categories: Global Systems – transportation and vehicle systems; Tools – modeling, simulation, and complex systems Interests • aviation environmental system modeling; simulation, optimization and control of reacting flow; surrogate and reduced-order modeling; design of environmentally sensitive aircraft; uncertainty assessment of large-scale policy-making tools. -profile-

Choon Tan

Brian Williams, professor
Energy-related research categories • Innovations - building efficiency technologies, electric power systems and policy • Global Systems - transportation and vehicle systems, buildings and urban design, science and policy of climate change • Tools – modeling and simulation Interests • automated modeling; hybrid and autonomous systems control including intelligent infrastructure, intelligent buildings, and networks of autonomous air vehicles, satellites and underwater vehicles -profile-

 

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