Faculty & Research

AeroAstro is home to the world's leading aerospace teachers and researchers.

AeroAstro Faculty

Our faculty have served as a space shuttle astronaut, secretary of the Air Force, NASA deputy administrators, and Air Force chief scientist; and a number are National Academy of Engineering members and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautic fellows. Prof. Mark Drela, painting a model prior to wind tunnel testing, is an AIAA Fellow and an NAE member.

Our community includes a former space shuttle astronaut, a former secretary of the Air Force, former and current NASA deputy administrators, a former Air Force chief scientist and NASA chief technologist, and numerous National Academy of Engineering members and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautic fellows.

Our research and teaching range from silent aircraft; to alternative jet fuels; to highly flexible space suits woven skin-tight on their inhabitants; to unmanned vehicles capable of complex maneuvers without human intervention; to constellations of tiny satellites that, in concert, far outperform the single, large satellites of the past; to the development of ultra-wide bandwidth communications. These projects will make our environment cleaner and quieter; improve our health and safety; increase our mobility; heighten our efficiency; enable us to explore frontiers far beyond our current limitations.

You're invited to learn more about our research labs and our faculty.