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    Thomas Smith, Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company


    Tom Smith is a conceptual aircraft designer specializing in hypersonic airbreathing aircraft and spaceplanes.  He designed the X-40, X-37A and X-37B spaceplanes.  He has innovated concepts in the area of inward turning inlets for scramjet propulsion.  He has broad skills in aerodynamics, structural design, propulsion integration, and multi-disciplinary optimization.


    Kevin G. Bowcutt, Senior Technical Fellow and Chief Scientist for Hypersonics, The Boeing Company


    Kevin is an industry leader in hypersonics at the Boeing Company.  He is the father of the modern waverider.  He has led the development of the multidisciplinary optimization capability at Boeing.  His innovation and leadership has spanned the NASP program, the X-51 program, the HIFiRE consortium and many other programs.


    Dr. Daniel Paxson, Aerospace Research Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center


    Daniel is an aerospace research engineer with the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center, Research and Engineering Directorate. He earned his B.E. degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Since graduation, Dan has been at NASA conducting both experimental and analytical research in the areas of unsteady fluid mechanics, and gas dynamic propulsion and power systems. While there he has developed simulation, design, and optimization software, and designed or aided the design and operation of experimental rigs for wave rotor technology, active combustion instability control, high speed fuel valve systems, pulsed ejectors, pulsed (pressure-gain) combustors, pulse detonation engines, and rotating detonation engines. His simulation software has been used extensively by government, industry, and academic research groups.  He has published more than 80 peer reviewed papers, of which 20 are in journals.  Dan is an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He serves on the AIAA High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion Technical Committee, and is chair of the AIAA Pressure Gain Combustion Program Committee.  He is also a member of the JANNAF Pressure Gain Combustion Working Group, and has served as a subject matter expert for DARPA, DOE, and the Air Force.


    Dr. John Bossard, President, BSRD LLC and Aviation & Aerospace Consultant


    John has over 25 years of experience in aerospace and advanced-technology industries, and has served in technical, management and executive leadership positions for Aerojet, CFD Research, KT Engineering, and Orion Propulsion.  He specializes in Turbine Based Combined Cycle (TBCC) engines, particularly the Air Turbo Rocket (ATR) cycle.


    Dr. K. Kailasanath, Director of the Laboratories for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics at the Naval Research Laboratory


    Dr. Kailasanath received his Ph.D from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1980 and has been at the Naval Research Laboratory since then. Prior to that, he received his M.S.A.E. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1979 and his B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) in 1976. His research interests include the structure, stability and dynamics of flames and detonations; combustion instabilities in ramjets; multiphase flows; subsonic and supersonic mixing and noise generation; and the simulation of advanced propulsion system concepts. He has published over 300 articles on these topics. He is currently principal investigator of an NRL program in “Priority Issues in Naval Air Propulsion”, and ONR programs on “Sea-Based Aviation-Propulsion”, “Detonation Engine S&T”, and “Fundamental Jet Noise Reduction S&T”. He is a Fellow of the AIAA, the APS and The Institute of Physics (U.K.). He was an Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal from 1995-2000 and a Deputy Editor from 2005-2009. He is also on the board of the journals, Advances in Aerospace Engineering and the International Journal of Spray and Combustion Dynamics. He received a Department of Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2009, a Delores Yetter Top Navy Scientist/Engineer of the Year Award in 2011 and the Captain Robert Conrad Dexter Award for Scientific Achievement in 2014. He has also received the Navy’s Alan Berman Research Publication Award in 1983, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2009, 2011 and 2015.


    Dr. Adam Dissel, President, Reaction Engines Inc.


    Adam leads the expansion of his company’s development efforts with the U.S. government and potential industry partners. Adam has over 15 years’ experience in the conceptual design of advanced hypersonic and launch vehicle systems with particular emphasis in the improvement of system affordability, responsiveness, and reusability.  Adam was previously System Architect for Responsive Space at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Colorado. He holds a PhD and master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University. 


    Dr. Dora Musielak, Research Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington


    Specializing in high-speed propulsion, Dora has 30 years of experience directing R&D projects in industry and academia, including Northrop Grumman and ATK. Her key expertise is in high-speed air breathing propulsion and liquid chemical rockets. Musielak was chief scientist and led a scramjet propulsion development program sponsored by the U.S. government. She has authored numerous reports and papers related to high speed propulsion (scramjets, rockets, and detonation engines), with focus on numerical simulation of fuel injection, high speed reacting and non-reacting turbulent flows. Dora is the recipient of two NASA research fellowships, one of which she was awarded to carry out research at the Hypersonics Propulsion Branch, NASA Langley Research Center. At NASA, Musielak began research related to scramjet combustion, including modeling and simulation of fuel injection, mixing, and flameholding using the VULCAN code. An AIAA Associate Fellow, Dora has served in several national technical committees, including the NRC Committee on Breakthrough Technology for Commercial Supersonic Aircraft, the AIAA Pressure Gain Combustion Program Committee (PGC PC), and the AIAA High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion TC, a committee she chaired from 2014 to 2016.


    Prof. Tetsuya Sato, Professor, Aerospace Transportation Systems, Waseda University


    At Waseda University, Tetsuya’s focus is on the basic research on the PCTJ and other propulsion systems concerning a system analysis, inlet, precooler, cryogenic two-phase flow, etc.  His precious experience includes Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, where he was senior Researcher in Institute of Institute of Space Technology and Aeronautics and conducted research on pre-cooled turbojet engine. While at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, he served as Research Associate in Space Propulsion Division (1992-2002) and Associate Professor in Space Propulsion Division (2002-2003). His area of focus was research on the ATREX engine. He received his Doctor of Engineering and the University of Tokyo.


    Robert Moehnelkamp, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Technical Discipline Lead - Analysis


    Bob is the Technical Discipline Lead for Analysis at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s West Palm Beach campus with responsibility for the Aero, Thermal and Structural analyses supporting air-breathing hypersonic and liquid rocket programs. He has nearly 30 years of experience in gas turbine, liquid rocket and air-breathing hypersonic propulsion system design, development and testing.  Primary areas of expertise include aerodynamic design, thermal management and component performance.


    Other Instructors


    • Vladimir Balepin
    • Eric Donovan
    • Venkat Tangirala