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Nikolaos Gatsonis

Nikolaos A. Gatsonis

Professor & Department Head- Aerospace Engineering
Office: Higgins Labs 244
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5576
Nikolaos A. Gatsonis received an undergraduate degree in Physics at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1983), an M.S. in Atmospheric Science at the University of Michigan (1996), an M.S. (1987) and a Ph.D. ... View Profile
John Blandino

John J. Blandino

Associate Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 239
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6155
Prior to joining the faculty at WPI in 2001, I was a Senior Staff Engineer in the Advanced Propulsion Technology Group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). My research at JPL included application of plasma sources for materials processing and the development of pulsed plasma and small-scale hydrazine thrusters. In the mission support area, I worked as the propulsion engineer for the Deep Space 3 Interferometer and Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) missions. ... View Profile
Raghvendra Cowlagi

Raghvendra V. Cowlagi

Associate Professor
Office: Higgins Labs, 247
Phone: 508.831.5000 ext. 6405
Autonomous vehicles – aircraft, cars, rovers, over- and underwater vehicles that can move in the real world by themselves without human pilotage – have gained immense importance not only due to the broad spectrum of their potential military and civilian applications, but also due to the concurrent development of sensor technology and embedded systems that enable the realization of true autonomy. ... View Profile
Michael Demetriou

Michael A. Demetriou

Office: Higgins Labs 243
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5459
Professor Demetriou is very active with the Controls and Systems research community. He served as an Associate Editor in the IEEE Tr. on Automatic Control (2004-2007), in the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control (2009-2011), and in SIAM J. Control and Optimization (2009-present). He is also serving in the IEEE-Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board as an Associate Editor (1997-present). In 2003 he established the IEEE-CSS Technical Committee on Distributed Parameter Systems and served as his first chair (2003-2012). ... View Profile
Jagannath Jayachandran

Jagannath Jayachandran

Assistant Professor
Office: Higgins Laboratories 240
Phone: 508.831.5000 ext. 4984
My research is aimed towards understanding fundamental aspects of reacting flows at thermodynamic conditions of relevance to aircraft, rocket, and automobile propulsion. Reacting flow phenomena occurring in engines are complicated as a result of turbulent flow, interaction with solid boundaries, and extreme thermodynamic conditions. In order to understand and simulate combustion phenomena under such conditions, there is a necessity to develop accurate chemical kinetic and molecular transport models in addition to fluid mechanics models. ... View Profile
Nikhil Karanjgaokar

Nikhil Karanjgaokar

Assistant Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 242
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6757
Prior to joining the faculty at WPI in August 2015, I worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at California Institute of Technology. My research at Caltech focused on the development of a Granular Element Method (GEM) based force visualization technique for the study of 2D granular systems under impact loading. I examined of the role of granular fabric on the wave motion and formation of force chains in granular media. ... View Profile
David Olinger

David J. Olinger

Associate Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 246
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5698
In my teaching I bring fluid and aerodynamics experiments, including wind tunnels, into the classroom each day. Fundamental concepts are demonstrated in these experiments, and collected data is immediately compared to the theory and equations learned during lecture. Students see that they can use what they are learning in class to predict the behavior of aerospace systems. They then go on to design improved systems in MQP projects and during their careers. ... View Profile
Mark Richman

Mark W. Richman

Associate Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 245
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5556
Zachary Taillefer

Zachary Taillefer

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: Higgins Labs, 203
Phone: 508.831.5000 ext. 5462
Prior to joining the faculty at WPI in August 2019, I was a Senior Scientist in the Hall Thruster Group at Busek Co. ... View Profile

Joanne Tripp

Administrative Assistant VI
Phone: 508.831.5000 ext. 5221
Zhangxian Yuan

Zhangxian Yuan

Assistant Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 204
Phone: +1 (508) 8315769
Zhangxian Yuan received his B.S.(2010) in Aircraft Design and Engineering and M.S. (2012) in Engineering Mechanics from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China, and earned his M.S. (2015) and Ph.D. (2017) in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Then he accepted a Postdoctoral Fellow position at the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Tech, where his research focused on developing advanced high-order theories for sandwich composite structures. In August 2020, Dr. ... View Profile