Jason Merrett Associate Professor University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Jason M Merret (B.S. ’99, M.S. -01, Ph.D., ’04 in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois) is a Clinical Associate Professor in Aerospace Engineering and Program Coordinator for Aerospace Systems Engineering.   As part of his role here at Illinois he teaches the senior aircraft design sequence, graduate level aerospace systems engineering, and is faculty adviser for the Design, Build, Fly Team and Student Aircraft Builders.  As Chair of the Engineering Design Council in the Grainger College of Engineering he coordinates funding a space allocation for a number of design teams spread throughout the College.  His research focuses on experimental and computational applied aerodynamics and aircraft design. 

Dr. Merret previously worked at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation as a Technical Specialist in the Preliminary Design Department. During his time there, he participated in the preliminary design of multiple products including the G650, G500, and G600 aircraft.  On the G650 he also participated in a number of flight tests on low-speed and high-speed performance. In between programs, he helped conduct many supersonic subsonic, transonic, and wind tunnel test studies on engine inlets and aircraft configurations. During his time in Savannah GA, he taught at the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University/Gulfstream MMSE program.  

Beyond Gulfstream, Dr. Merret is an Associate Fellow of AIAA, is an Aircraft Design Technical Committee member and Chair, and was an Organizing Committee member of the AIAA Design Build Fly competition.