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: Currently, this Partners List webpage is averaging 118 unique hits per day (counting returning users, approximately 162 hits per day). Last Updated: 4/30/20

Organization Name

Organization POC POC E-mail Area of Research Interest Lead/Partner
         
Oregon State University Prof. Yue Cao, Electrical Engineering (power electronics) yue.cao@oregonstate.edu

Topic 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles. Prof. Cao has significant experiences with the propulsion system of heavy-duty all-electric VTOL UAV's. He is previously employed by and 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 multi-physical power systems modeling and optimization design tool. Prof. Cao received MS/PhD from UIUC (Urbana-Champaign) and BS from UT-Knoxville. Prof. Cao is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification overseeing UAV related submissions and leading this effort in IEEE Transportation Electrification Community. 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.

Lead/Partner
West Virginia University, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dr. Mario Perhinschi, Professor Mario.Perhinschi@mail.wvu.edu

Thrust 5:  In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance

                                            Thrust 6:  Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation

                                             Novel artificial intelligence techniques for system monitoring and control, focus on autonomous flight/UAVs

Lead/Partner
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Reda Mankbadi, Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Reda.Mankbadi@erau.edu

Aeroacoustics Partner
University of Florida Corin Segal, Professor cor@ufl.edu Topic 7, experimental reacting and non-reacting supersonic flows in hypersonic regime Partner
Georgia Institute of Technology Dr. Krish Ahuja, Regents Professor of Aerospace Engineering                  (Expertise: Aeroacoustics) krish.ahuja@ae.gatech.edu Innovative Noise Control Technologies   applicable to any one or all  the first four topics Lead/Partner
The Longbow Group LLC / USRTC - Fort Monroe, Virginia

Marco Sterk
President
(Executive Director - Unmanned Research and Technology Center - USRTC.org)

msterk@thelongbowgroup.com

Thrust 4: Safe, Quite and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles;
Thrust 5: In-Time System Safety Assurance;
Thrust 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation

Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM)
Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

Partner

San Jose State University

(HSI and AANAPISI)

Dr. Ozgur Keles

Assistant Professor, Materials Engineering,

(Co-director, Advanced Manufacturing Lab)

ozgur.keles@sjsu.edu

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

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

Additive manufacturing of complex materials

Toughening and degradation mechanisms

Quantum dot synthesis and nano-composites

Computational fracture mechanics

Lead/Partner

Louisiana State University Dr. Shyam Menon, Assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering smenon@lsu.edu Thrust 4: Safe, Quite and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles.
We are involved in development of hybrid powertrains for aircraft/rotorcraft particularly for smaller power requirements suited to urban mobility. 
Partner

Interdisciplinary Consulting Corp (IC2)

Dr. David Mills, President dmills@thinkic2.com Topic 7: Novel In-Flight and Ground Measurement Techniques for Hypersonic Flight Partner
Purdue University Guillermo Paniagua gpaniagua@purdue.edu

Propulsion for

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

Topic 7: Novel In-Flight and Ground Measurement Techniques for Hypersonic Flight

Lead/Partner
University of Tennessee Knoxville Dr. Zhenbo Wang, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering zwang124@utk.edu Topic 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles
Topic 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation
Topic 7: Novel In-Flight and Ground Measurement Techniques for Hypersonic Flight
Guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C); optimal control; real-time control and optimization; convex optimization; artificial intelligence and machine learning; trajectory optimization; atmospheric flight vehicles; unmanned aerial vehicles; urban air mobility; hypersonic vehicles
Partner

University of Arizona

Dr. Kyle Hanquist

Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

hypersonics.arizona.edu

hanquist@arizona.edu

Topic 7: Novel In-Flight and Ground Measurement Techniques for Hypersonic Flight

Computational Fluid Dynamics, Reactive Flow and Nonequilibrium Modeling, Fluid-Structure-Thermal Interactions, Heat Load Predictions, Simulations, Thermal Protection Systems

High-speed and hypersonic wind tunnel testing, shockwave boundary layer interaction, boundary layer stability and transition

Lead/Partner
University of Cincinnati Dr. Ou Ma  maou@ucmail.uc.edu

Thrust 1: Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations;
Thrust 5: In-Time System Safety Assurance
Thrust 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation

Lead/Partner
Flight Safety Foundation Dr. Hassan Shahidi shahidi@flightsafety.org

Thrust 1: Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations;
Thrust 4: Safe, Quite and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles;
Thrust 5: In-Time System Safety Assurance;
Thrust 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation

Partner
CREDIT Center, Prairie View A&M University (HBCU) Lijun Qian, AT&T Endowed Professor, Director of CREDIT center liqian@pvamu.edu Topic 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation (Strategic Thrust 6) Lead/Partner
VerdeGo Aero Inc. Eric Bartsch, CEO VerdeGo Aero ericb@verdegoaero.com

Topic 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles - VerdeGo’s engineering team is developing large-scale piston hybrid-electric and battery-electric powertrain systems for peak power requirements up to 1MW. Our Jet-A piston (diesel) hybrid hardware has a significantly lower SFC than other hybrid approaches, and we are currently building full scale hardware for ground-based testing and refinement. We also have multi-rotor controls design & testing capabilities and full-scale propulsion test facilities for characterizing performance, control, and noise. VerdeGo is interested in being a partner for research involving powertrain noise reduction, energy/fuel efficiency of hybrid-electric systems, and improvements to safety and redundancy within both hybrid-electric and battery-electric powertrains involving distributed electric propulsion. We also have expertise with large-scale immersion cooled battery pack hardware for battery-electric powertrain applications.

Partner

University of Georgia

Wenwen Wang

Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science

wenwen@cs.uga.edu

Computer systems (architectures, compilers, operation systems, runtimes, code generation, software testing, secure and trusted execution environments)

Partner
University of Minnesota

Suo Yang, Richard & Barbara Nelson Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering (Director, Computational Reactive Flow & Energy Lab, https://cse.umn.edu/me/suo-yang)

suo-yang@umn.edu

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 7: Novel In-Flight and Ground Measurement Techniques for Hypersonic Flight

Modeling and Simulation (Computational Fluid Dynamics) of Reacting Flows (Combustion, Turbulence, Nonequilibrium Plasma Physics, Particulate and Multiphase Flows, Supersonic/Hypersonic Aerothermodynamics, Thermoacoustics, and their Multiscale Interactions), including RANS, LES, and DNS, using both physics-based and data-driven modeling approaches.

Lead/Partner

University of Utah

Pai Wang, Jacob Hochhalter and Robert Parker

Department of Mechanical Engineering

pai.wang@utah.edu

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

We are interested in novel designs and agile product developments for noise reduction and vibration mitigation in Urban Air Mobility, aiming at next-generation ultra-light-weight and self-adaptive solutions at the material, structure and system levels.

Lead/Partner
University of Texas at Dallas Majid Minary, Eugene McDermott Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

majid.minary@utdallas.edu

Topic 7: Novel In-Flight and Ground Measurement Techniques for Hypersonic Flight, Additive Manufacturing of Polymer-Derived Ceramics for high temperature sensors 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, Flow Visualization and PIV testing, UAS flight testing.

Partner
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Houbing Song, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and
Director, Security and Optimization for Networked Globe Laboratory (SONG Lab, http://www.songlab.us/)
 houbing.song@erau.edu

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

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

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

The Center for Advanced Power Systems of the Florida State University (CAPS-FSU)

Gian Carlo Montanari

Research Faculty

CAPS

Gmontanari@fsu.edu

Main area is insulating material and insulation systems in any type of aerospace and deep space-moon application. Design of insulation, material characterization and specifications, aging model and reliability, premature failure mechanisms,  diagnostic properties, monitoring and condition assessment/maintenance. Superconducting cables. Drives.

Lead/Partner

Universities Space Research Association Dr. David Bell, Director  dbell@usra.edu

Topic 1: Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations

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

Topic 5: In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance

Topic 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation
Partner

The University of Texas at Arlington

Dr. Luca Maddalena, Professor and Director, Aerodynamics Research Center

luca@uta.edu

Topic 7: Novel In-Flight and Ground Measurement Techniques for Hypersonic Flight

Development of calorimeters for arc-jet flow under constant and variable heat-flux representative of simulated  trajectory requirements. Development of non-intrusive advanced diagnostics for arc-jet free-stream and shock-layer velocity, composition, and thermochemical non-equilibrium effects  (fs-TALIF, FLEET, potentially CARS) with concurrent TPS material degradation. Development of turbulence intensity measurements and effects on TPS testing.  Advanced non-metallic (graphite / zirconia) temperature and heat-flux sensors for in-flight and ground measurements for hypersonics (internal and external flows)      

Operating 1.6MW arc-jet facility “Leste”

Lead/Partner
New Mexico State University (Minority Serving Institute) Dr. J.I. Frankel, Department Head and R. Myers Endowed Professor

jfrankel@nmsu.edu

Topic 7: Novel In-Flight and Ground Measurement Techniques for Hypersonic Flight

Dr. Frankel’s work involves developing  uniquely analyzed and designed slug calorimeters for arcjets with advanced data reduction equations for resolving surface heat flux in hostile environments.  He is also working on developing new calibration-based data reduction equations for estimating heat flux using thin-film temperature sensors (front of substrate and back of slug) for milli-second time scale experiments associated with shock (impulse) facilities.

Partner/Lead
Texas A&M University Jennifer Strong, Associate Professor dr.jen@tamu.edu leadership development, team building and development, leading teams, mentorship, ethical leadership, evaluation Partner
University of Cincinnati Prashant Khare Prashant.Khare@uc.edu Multiphase fluid dynamics, combustion, machine learning applied to complex multiphase fluid dynamics, subsonic and supersonic non-reacting and reacting flows, acoustics, efficient combustion, direct numerical simulations, large eddy simulations Partner
San Jose State University Dr. Wenbin Wei, Professor wenbin.wei@sjsu.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/Partner
Aurora Flight Sciences Michael Klinker, Future Mobility klinker.michael@aurora.aero

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

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