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.
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.
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.
|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|