Noel T. Clemens

Bob R. Dorsey Professor in Engineering
Department Chair

Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712, USA

TEL: 512-471-5147
FAX: 512-471-3788




o  Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1991

o   Post Doctoral Fellow, Sandia National Laboratories, Combustion Research Facility, 1991-93

o   Assistant Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin, 1993 - 1999

o   Associate Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin, 1999-2005

o   Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005-present

o   Chair, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012-present


o   My research is primarily experimental in the areas of turbulent mixing, reacting flows, and high-speed turbulent flows. Some current research topics are as follows:

Shock-boundary layer interactions
o  Supesonic mixing
o  Hypersonic low-temperature ablation
o  Supersonic flow control / plasma flow control
o  Supersonic inlet unstart and control
o  Flashback in turbulent swirl flames
o  Soot formation in jet flames
o  Development of laser diagnostic techniques

o  Current funding from the NSF, NASA, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, US Department of Energy

My publications

o  For more details go to my lab webpage:  lab logo





o   ASE 162M Applied Compressible Flow (laboratory)

o   ASE 340 Boundary Layers and Heat Transfer

o   ASE 346 Viscous Fluid Flow

o   ASE 362K Compressible Fluid Mechanics

o   ASE 369K Measurements and Instrumentation

o   ASE 382Q Advanced Problems in Compressible Flow

o   ASE 382R Optical Diagnostics for Gas Flows

o   ASE 396  Turbulent Mixing


Honors, Awards, Professional Service

o  2013 Technical Chair of the 7th AIAA Flow Control Conference

o  2013 AIAA Measurement Technology Best Paper Award for: "NO PLIF Visualization of the Orion capsule in LENS-I,” by C. Combs, N. Clemens, P. Danehy, B. Bathel, R. Parker, T. Wadhams, M. Holden, B. Kirk (AIAA paper 2013-0033)

o  2013 Fellow of the American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics

o  2011 Lockheed Martin Award for Excellence in Engineering Teaching

o  2011 AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Best Paper Award for: “Requirements, Capabilities and Accuracy of Time-Resolved PIV in Turbulent Reacting Flows,” by Mirko Gamba and N. Clemens (AIAA paper 2011-0362)

o  2011-present Member AIAA Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee

o  2010 Awarded the Bob R. Dorsey Professorship in Engineering (endowed position)

o  2009-2012 Editor-in-Chief, Experiments in Fluids

o  2007-2009 Associate Editor, AIAA Journal

o  2007 Awarded the Engineering Foundation Professorship (endowed position)

o  2006 Turbulent Combustion Colloquium Co-chair for the 31st International Symposium on Combustion, Heidelberg, Germany

o   2003 Associate Fellow of the AIAA

o   2000-2010 Member AIAA Advanced Measurement Technology Committee

o   2000 Awarded the Robert and Francis Stark Centennial Fellowship in Engineering

o   2000 ASE/EM Departmental Teaching Award

o   1998 College of Engineering Award for Outstanding Teaching by an Assistant Professor

o   1997 College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award

o   1996 Outstanding Entry, APS Gallery of Fluid Motion - "Hydrogen/Helium Planar Turbulent Diffusion Flames" (with J.E. Rehm).
See related images within the Flowfield Imaging Lab Homepage

o  1996 Recognized by the College of Engineering for excellence in teaching by an assistant professor

o   1995 NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow Award

o  1992 Outstanding Entry, APS Gallery of Fluid Motion - "Mach Waves Radiating from a Supersonic Jet" (with P.H. Paul). For a better reproduction of the image click here.




o   The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Associate Fellow

o   The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

o   The Combustion Institute

o   American Physical Society - Division of Fluid Dynamics

o   American Association for Engineering Education


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