Faculty and midshipmen research in the Aerospace Engineering Department covers many areas of specialization. These include research on radiation hazards in human spaceflight, shear effects on a aircraft wing in high speed flow, stress pattern analysis, heat loop pipes for spacecraft thermal control, and orbital debris characterization.

Research is supported mainly through funds from government agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Naval Research Laboratory, the Naval Air Warfare Center, and the Naval Network Warfare Command.

The Aerospace Engineering Department offers students the opportunity to conduct research of mutual interest with faculty members. The research may involve theoretical, experimental, and computational work culminating in a technical paper for conference presentation. Independent research is accomplished with the Trident Scholar program and independent research study courses. The students have the opportunity to get involved in professional societies such as the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) by participating in national and international competitions on aeronautical/astronautical design projects. Students are also eligible for recognition in Sigma Gamma Tau, the national honor society for outstanding students in aerospace engineering.

Faculty Research

Aerospace Engineering faculty members are active in numerous research activities, and the diversity of the projects illustrate the breadth and depth of the fields of aerospace engineering.  Detailed information on past faculty research can be found through the Naval Academy Academic Research Office.

Midshipmen Research

Bowman Scholar Program

Trident Scholar Program

Recent Aerospace Engineering Trident Scholars.  A full abstract of the Scholar's  Work and advisors can be reached by clicking on each name.  Further midshipmen research information can be found through the Naval Academy Academic Research Office.

Name Company Year Title
Angela M. Roush 14th 2010 Dynamic Analysis of an Optical Laser Platform
Matthew L. Roberts 14th 2010 Determination of the Error Induced by Platform Vibrations on a Directed Energy Beam
Luke P. Finney 13th 2010 An Investigation of Cavity Flow Effects on Store Separation Trajectories
Charles C. Jones 20th 2009 Analysis and Optimization of Vortex Oxidizer Injection in a Hybrid Rocket Motor System
William H. Godisken III 1st 2008 Targeting Pod Effects on Weapons Release from the F-18C Hornet
Reid W. Smythe 22nd 2007 An Examination of Acceptable Navigation Accuracy for LISA Orbits
Matthew P. Shearer 22nd 2007 Simulation and Evaluation of Marine Propeller Crashback Through Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Ashley S. Myers 26th 2007 Variability and Model Adequacy in Simulations of Store-induced Limit Cycle Oscillations
Alex G. Dulude 29th 2007 An Examination of Vortex Ring Entrainment at Low Reynolds' Number
Justin L.R. Langois 21st 2006 Dynamic Computer Model of a Space Power System Consisting of Stirling Engines and Couple to a Nuclear Reactor
Michael G. Dodson 1st 2005 An Historical and Applied Aerodynamics Study of the Wright Brothers' Wind Tunnel Test Program and Application to Successful Manned Flight
Joseph F. Sweger 30th 2003 Design Specifications Development for Unmanned Aircraft Carrier Landings: A Simulation Approach
Michael Oliver 8th 2003 The Effects of Transverse Shear Deformation on Composite Wings in High Speed, Compressible Flow Regimes
Katherine E. Groenenboom 13th 2003 Analysis of Earth Atmospheric Density Using the USNA Satellite
John L. Young III 3rd 2001 Determination of Atmospheric Density in Low Earth Orbits Using GPS Data
Benjamin P. Malay 28th 2001 Celestial Navigation on the Surface of Mars
Robert M. Gallagher 2nd 2001 Radiation-induced Processing of Hydrocarbons in Environments Relevant to Pluto
Joshua R. Fibley 10th 2000 Computational Study of Wing Drop on the F/A-18E Super Hornet in the Power Approach Configuration
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