University Leadership Initiative Interested Partner List

NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
University Leadership Initiative
Interested Partner List      
 

For ULI, the lead (proposing) organization must be an accredited, degree-granting U.S. college or university. Partners may include other U.S. colleges and universities, U.S. companies, U.S. non-profit organizations, U.S. federally funded research and development centers (FFRDC).

To be listed as an interested lead or partner, please send electronic mail to hq-univpartnerships@mail.nasa.gov with "ULI Partnerships" in the subject line and include the information below.

Note: This Partners List webpage is for the Round 5 ULI solicitation (NNH20ZEA001N-ULI)

Organization Name

Organization POC POC E-mail Area of Research Interest Lead/Partner
         
Rutgers University Onur Bilgen o.bilgen@rutgers.edu

Topic 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles.

Morphing propellers, adaptive materials and structures, fluid-structure interaction, multidisciplinary design optimization, electro-mechanical systems.
Lead/Partner
University at Buffalo Souma Chowdhury, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

soumacho@buffalo.edu

Topic 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles (Strategic Thrust 4)

Topic 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation (Strategic Thrust 6)

Lead/Partner

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor Jason Merret and

Rodra Hascaryo

merret@illinois.edu Topics 1, 2, 4, and 5 Partner

Hampton University
(MSI/HBCU)

Otsebele Nare, Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

 otsebele.nare@hamptonu.edu

Topic 5: In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance (Strategic Thrust 5)

Topic 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation (Strategic Thrust 6)

 Lead/Partner

Boeing Research & Technology Abdollah Khodadoust abdollah.khodadoust@boeing.com

Topic 1: Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations (Strategic Thrust 1)

Topic 2: Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft (Strategic Thrust 2)

Topic 3: Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports (Strategic Thrust 3)

Topic 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles (Strategic Thrust 4)

Topic 5: In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance (Strategic Thrust 5)

Topic 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation (Strategic Thrust 6)

Topic 7: Zero Emission Aviation
Partner
The Longbow Group Marco Sterk, President, Unmanned Systems Research and Technology Center (USRTC) at Fort Monroe, Va msterk@thelongbowgroup.com
  • Thrust 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles
  • Thrust 5: In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance
  • Thrust 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation
Partner
University of Miami Gecheng Zha gzha@miami.edu

Thrust 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles

Lead/Partner
University of South Carolina Kristen (Garcia) Booth (Underrep Faculty), Assistant Professor in EE, Power Electronics and Systems  KB72@mailbox.sc.edu Strategic Thrust 7: Zero Emission Aviation Partner/Lead
Lockheed Martin Michael Haro michael.haro@lmco.com Topic 7: Zero Emission Aviation. Collaboration (i.e., industry advisor/review) focused on specific challenges of mutual importance to both NASA and Lockheed Martin (e.g., high energy density storage technologies) Partner
University of Central Florida (Minority Serving Institution) Felipe A. C. Viana, Assistant Professor viana@ucf.edu Thrust 5: In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance Lead/Partner
DEVCOM -  Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD-21005 Dr Rajneesh Singh rajneesh.k.singh.civ@mail.mil Strategic Thrust 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles, Collaborations focused on specific challenges of mutual importance to both NASA and Army Collaborator, https://www.arl.army.mil/opencampus
Oregon State University Prof. Yue Cao, Electrical Engineering (power electronics and systems) yue.cao@oregonstate.edu

Topic 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles. 

Topic 7: Zero Emission Aviation.

Prof. Cao has significant experiences with the propulsion system of eVTOL UAV's and electric aircraft. He was previously employed by and is currently collaborating with Amazon Prime Air. He specializes in power electronics and motor drives to improve energy efficiency and system reliability, including control and hardware designs, such as fault-tolerant motors and inverters. He has also developed UAV and MEA multi-physical power systems modeling and optimization design tool. Prof. Cao received MS/PhD from UIUC (Urbana-Champaign) and BS from UT-Knoxville. He has been a PI or co-PI for DOE ARPA-E, DOE EERE, Grainger Foundation, etc. Prof. Cao is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification overseeing UAV/MEA related submissions and leading this effort in IEEE Power Electronics Society TC11 - Aerospace Power Committee. Oregon State University offers geographical diversity in the Pacific Northwest and access to local Aerospace related industry. OSU owns a 750 kW lab capable of a variety of tests.
Partner
Arizona State University Timothy Takahashi, Professor of Practice, Aerospace Engineering ttakahas@asu.edu Takeoff & Landing, Enroute Performance, Regulatory Compliance of Emerging Technologies (Topic 1, 2 and/or 3 )  
University of Nevada Reno Poria Fajri, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering pfajri@unr.edu Topic 7: Zero Emission Aviation Lead/Partner
Oklahoma State University Ryan Paul, Assistant Professor ryan.paul@okstate.edu

Topic 3, Topic 5, Topic 6

Lead/Partner
ATA Engineering, Inc. Parthiv Shah parthiv.shah@ata-e.com

Topics:

  • Topic 2: Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft (Strategic Thrust 2)
  • Topic 3: Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports (Strategic Thrust 3)
  • Topic 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles (Strategic Thrust 4) 

Technical Fields of interest

  • Multiphysics (coupled fluid-thermal-structural-material) analysis tools and methods
  • High resolution acoustic measurement methods
  • Quiet descent/approach methods and technologies
  • Propulsion and turbomachinery technologies
Partner
MIT Lincoln Laboratory Matt Edwards, Assistant Group Leader, Air Traffic Control Mission Area, Surveillance Systems Group https://www.ll.mit.edu/r-d/air-traffic-control matthew.edwards@ll.mit.edu
  • Thrust 1: Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations
  • Thrust 5: In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance
  • Thrust 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation

For traditional operations and new airspace entrants (UAS/UAM):

  • Aircraft and weather surveillance
  • Collision avoidance and conflict management algorithms
  • Operations planning optimization
  • Human-machine teaming and decision support
  • Large-scale modeling and simulation
  • Prototyping and flight test
  • Cybersecurity
Partner
The Pennsylvania State University David Hall, Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering

david.k.hall@psu.edu

Topic 2: Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft

Topic 3: Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports

Topic 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles

Topic 7: Zero Emission Aviation

Aircraft propulsion, propulsion-airframe integration, turbomachinery, electrification, alternative energy, design optimization

Lead/Partner
Georgia Institute of Technology

Nian Liu, Assistant Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

nian.liu@chbe.gatech.edu Topic 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles (Strategic Thrust 4)
Topic 7: Zero Emission Aviation
both
University of California, Irvine (MSI/HSI) Jacqueline Thomas, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Thomasj1@uci.edu

-Topic 1: Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations

-Topic 3: Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports 

-Topic 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles

Urban Air Mobility, Vertical lift air vehicle noise modeling and validation, Electrification, UAM integration into the NAS, Acoustics and flight operations
Lead/Partner
University of Alabama in Huntsville Konstantinos Kanistras, Assistant Professor in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department https://aafc.uah.edu/

Konstantinos.Kanistras@uah.edu

Topic 3: Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports (Strategic Thrust 3)

Applied Aerodynamics, Active/Passive Flow control, Aircraft Performance, Aircraft Stability and Control. Wind Tunnel Testing,  PIV testing, UAV flight testing.
Partner
University of Central Florida (Minority-Serving Institution)

Dr. Subith Vasu,

Associate Professor
subith@ucf.edu

Topic 2: Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft (Strategic Thrust 2)

Topic 3: Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports (Strategic Thrust 3)

Topic 7: Zero-Emission Aviation 

Gas turbine engines and propulsion systems; Fuels and Combustion; Shock waves; Laser and optical sensors for engine and flow field characterization; Energy conversion and storage

MSI/HSI

Partner
Mississippi State University Omid Askari, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering askari@me.msstate.edu Topics 3 and 7 Partner
California Institute of Technology Soon-Jo Chung, Bren Professor of Aerospace and Control and Dynamical Systems sjchung@caltech.edu Topics 4, 5, and 6 Lead/Partner
CSU Monterey Bay Robert Dahlgren, Ph.D.  rdahlgren@soe.ucsc.edu

Aeronautical, optical, electrical, sensor and mechanical engineering applied to interdisciplinary hardware: e.g. optical gyroscopes, interferometric sensors, fault tolerant systems, electromagnetic interference/immunity, aircraft propulsion, deicing and safety systems. UAS payload integration and remote sensing instrument design for the study of Earth science, natural hazards, the biosphere and geophysics. Modeling, simulation and interdisciplinary tradeoff analyses; hardware modularity, standardization, and multi-source agreements. Testing including interoperability, environmental, accelerated reliability, optical, rock mechanics, radiation, cryogenic, EMI/EMC/ESD, and wind tunnel.

Lead/Partner
University of Central Florida Felipe A. C. Viana, Assistant Professor viana@ucf.edu

Thrust 5: In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance

Lead/Partner
Washington University in St. Louis Prof. Ramesh K. Agarwal rka@wustl.edu Topic 7: Zero Emission Aviation

Lead/Partner

University of Minnesota Suo Yang, Richard & Barbara Nelson Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering suo-yang@umn.edu

Topic 2: Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft (Strategic Thrust 2);

Topic 3: Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports (Strategic Thrust 3);

Topic 7: Zero Emission Aviation

Partner
University of Tennessee Space Institute Paul P. Palies ppalies@utk.edu

Topic 3: Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports (Strategic Thrust 3) and

Topic 7: Zero Emission Aviation

Lead or Partner
University of Massachusetts, Amherst Apoorva Bajaj, Innovation Manager, CASA Engineering Research Center, UMass Amherst bajaj@ecs.umass.edu
  • Thrust 5: In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance
  • Thrust 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation

Lead or Partner

Parallax Advanced Research

Matt Bush,

Director, Strategic Development

Matt.bush@parallaxresearch.org

Strategic Thrust 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles

Strategic Thrust 5: In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance

Strategic Thrust 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation

Partner

Florida State University

Gian Carlo Montanari, Research Faculty III

The Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS)

gmontanari@fsu.edu

  • Strategic Thrust 2: Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft
  • Strategic Thrust 3: Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports
  • Strategic Thrust 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles
Partner
University of Alaska Fairbanks Peter Webley, Research Associate Professor pwwebley@alaska.edu

Topic 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation (Strategic Thrust 6)

Unmanned Aircraft System Anti-/Deicing;  Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS); UAS integration into U.S. National Airspace System; Large and Small UAS Operations; Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) UAS; UAS Traffic Management (UTM); Detect and Avoid (DAA) Technologies.

Lead/Partner 
University of Cincinnati Dr. Kelly Cohen, Interim Department Head and Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics cohenky@ucmail.uc.edu
  • Strategic Thrust 1: Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations
  • Strategic Thrust 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles
  • Strategic Thrust 5: In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance
  • Strategic Thrust 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation
Lead or Partner

Aurora Flight Sciences,

A Boeing Company

Jessica Edmonds, PhD edmonds.jessica@aurora.aero

Topics 1, 3, 4, 5, 6. Cybersecurity, V&V, System Integration, Aviation Security, Certifiability, Robust AI, Swarm Autonomy, Manned Unmanned Teaming, Urban Air Mobility, NAS Integration, Detect and Avoid

Partner
Tuskegee University

Sam Salehian,

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering Department

ssalehian@tuskegee.edu
  • Strategic Thrust 2: Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft
  • Strategic Thrust 3: Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports
  • Strategic Thrust 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles
 
University of California, Berkeley

Susan Shaheen,

Professor

 

Adam Cohen,

Researcher

sshaheen@berkeley.edu

apcohen@berkeley.edu

Public Perception/Societal Acceptance of UAM, VTOL, Electrification, and Autonomous Aviation 

Topics 1, 4, 5, 7

 

Topic 1: Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations

Topic 4: Civil Aircraft that Incorporate Vertical Lift Capability

Topic 5: Transition to Alternative Propulsion and Energy

Topic 7: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation

Lead/Partner
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Melkior Ornik, Aerospace Engineering mornik@illinois.edu Thrust 5: In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance, Thrust 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation both
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Naira Hovakimyan Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering nhovakim@illinois.edu
  • Thrust 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles
  • Thrust 5: In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance
  • Thrust 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation
Lead/Partner
University of Central Florida (MSI/HSI) Adan Vela, Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering

adan.vela@ucf.edu

Topics 1, 4, 5, 6 MSI/HSI Partner
Noblis Andy Lacher, Director Aerospace Systems Research Center Andy.Lacher@noblis.org, Georgie.Brophy@noblis.org
  • Thrust 1: Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations 
  • Thrust 5: In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance 
  • Thrust 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation 

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