AME faculty will work with FCAAP and other relevant centers to bring together fundamental science and technological development to design advanced fluid transportation and propulsion systems through collaborative efforts by researchers from traditionally disparate fields such as fluid dynamics, smart structures, and controls. Recent research program areas include:

Active Flow and Noise Control: Active flow and noise control methods will be employed to enhance the efficiency of commercial and military aircraft through innovative aircraft configurations. As a result future aircraft will be quieter and induce less drag, thereby requiring less fuel and shorter distances for takeoff and landing, ultimately resulting in quieter and safer airports with higher traffic densities.

Current Research Projects:

  • Development and Application of Energetic Actuators for Shear and Vortex Dominated Flow Control (Alvi, AFOSR)
  • Development and Implementation of High-Bandwidth-Control Authority Pulsed Micro-actuators for Sub- and Supersonic Applications (Alvi, AFOSR)
  • Aircraft Carrier Deck Noise Characterization and Mitigation (Shih, NSWC)
  • Supersonic Aero-Adaptive Electro-Optic Beam Control (Cattafesta, Lockheed-Martin)
  • An Integrated Study of Separation Control: Flow Physics, Nonlinear Dynamics and Effective Control Strategies (Cattafesta, AFOSR)
  • An Experimental Investigation of Wing Tip Vortex Attenuation (Cattafesta, ONR)


Advanced Aeropropulsion and Power: To develop efficient and low emission propulsion systems for commercial and military aircraft and to improve turbo machinery designs and systems through a better understanding of fundamental thermal fluid phenomena. FCAAP will also explore the use of alternative fuels and power systems for aircraft engines and power production

Current Research Projects:

  • Active Flow Control to Improve Aerodynamic Performance of Turbomachinery Systems (Alvi, FCAAP)
  • Advanced Aero-Propulsion Fuel Cells/Energy Storage and HTS Electric Propulsion (Ordonez, FCAAP)


NextGen Air Vehicles: The next generation of air and spacecraft will need to meet increasingly stringent noise and environmental regulations. AME faculty will facilitate this need by pooling and leveraging resources in a team oriented approach. Working with mechatronics and energy groups, we can develop transformational technologies for unmanned and micro air vehicles (UAV and MAV) for reconnaissance and surveillance. Additionally, through the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Transportation, we will develop technical solutions for the future reusable launch vehicles to enable commercialization of space transportation.

Current Research Projects:

  • MRI Development of a Next Generation Polysonic Wind Tunnel Facility for

Transformative Active Control Technologies and Non-Intrusive Flow Diagnostics (Alvi, NSF)

  • FAA Center of Excellence on Commercial Space Transportation (Alvi, FAA)
  • Virtual Shock Shaping and Design of an Adaptive Supersonic Engine Inlet (Kumar, FCAAP)
  • Characterization of Aeroacoustic Noise Sources for Future Aircraft Design (Cattafesta)
  • Integrated Component and System Analyses of Instabilities in Test Stands (Cattafesta, Craft Tech Inc.)
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