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Congratulation to aero graduate student, Ryan Klock

DARPA has selected Ryan Klock, aerospace graduate student, to participate in DARPA Rising and Wait, What? A Future Technology Forum. | Short Read

DARPA has selected Ryan Klock, aerospace graduate student, to participate in DARPA Rising and Wait, What? A Future Technology Forum.  The events take place September 9th through 11th, 2015, in St. Louis.

DARPA Rising is an invitation-only event for approximately 50 promising early-career researchers—DARPA Risers. Participants will present their ideas to the entire DARPA technical team: program managers, office directors and deputies, and the DARPA deputy director.

Congratulations to Ryan Klock!

About Ryan

Ryan Klock is a doctoral candidate with the Active Aeroelasticity and Structures Research Laboratory , A2SRL, under the mentorship of Professor Carlos Cesnik.  He is an alumnus of the University of Michigan Aerospace bachelors and masters programs and the NASA Aeronautics Academy with experience at the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and with the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate.  His research interests are the modeling and simulation of supersonic and hypersonic vehicles.

Proposal Summary

Ryan’s proposal for DARPA Rising is the application of several reduced-order modeling (ROM) techniques which capture the fluid, thermal, and structural interactions of a low-flying hypersonic vehicle.  This involves developing and then comparing these ROMs against their high-fidelity counterparts in terms of modeling accuracy and numerical efficiency.  He then uses these to investigate how the evolution of the vehicle’s properties affects its aerothermoelastic stability and performance along terminal trajectories which demand high endgame maneuverability.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

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