Olivier Chazot Head of Aeronautics & Aerospace von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics


Olivier Chazot is professor and head of the Aeronautics and Aerospace Department at the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI). He is an expert in hypersonic aerothermodynamics. His research activities cover ground testing strategy in high enthalpy facilities and plasma wind tunnels for aerospace re-entry missions, modeling development, and CFD validation. He specifically studies laminar to turbulent transition in hypersonic regime and gas-surface interactions on TPS in reacting flows. His main research focus is the duplication of real-flight conditions in ground testing facilities. He participated in multiple ESA missions for the development of flight experiments like the Mars Express mission, EXPERT probe, IXV and Space Rider programs, and QARMAN re-entry CubeSat.