Cockrell School of Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin

Research Areas

Aerothermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

fluids imageThis area involves study and research in experimental, theoretical, and computational aerodynamics, gas dynamics, turbulence, plasma dynamics, heat transfer, and combustion.

Computational Mechanics

computaional-landing-hughesThis area involves study and research on theoretical and implementational aspects of numerical simulations: applied mathematics (functional analysis, partial differential equations, dynamical systems), numerical analysis (a- priori and a-posteriori error estimation, adaptive algorithms, stochasticity), computer science (high performance linear algebra, parallel computing), software engineering (programming in Fortran 90, C, C++ , data structures),visualization and geometry modeling, and mathematical modeling (multiscale, multiphysics problems).

Controls, Autonomy and Robotics

drone and roverThis area involves research in system theory, controls, networks, autonomy, and robotics with applications to the navigation, guidance, control, and flight mechanics of space, air, sea, and land based vehicles. Major research topics include onboard-optimal path-planning, differential games, hybrid-systems analysis, learning-based control, multi-vehicle coordination, swarm systems, vision and radio-based navigation, controlled-mobility wireless networks, robust communications, trust, and the study of human-robot interaction problems. Several of these projects are sponsored by: the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Missile Defense Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratories.

Orbital Mechanics

orbital-landing-graceThis area involves study and research in the applications of celestial mechanics, analytical dynamics, geophysics, numerical analysis, optimization theory, estimation theory, mathematics, and computer technology to model the dynamic behavior of natural and artificial bodies in the solar system.

Solids, Structures and Materials

solids structure imageThis area involves study and research in mechanics of composite materials, fracture mechanics, nano and micromechanics of materials, constitutive equations, mechanical behavior at high strain rates, structural analysis, and structural stability.