DARPA Director’s Fellowship Awarded to Steven A. E. Miller

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Associate Professor Steven A. E. Miller, Ph.D., is awarded the Director’s Fellowship from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for 2023-2024. The award recognizes technical excellence for his research on “Analytical Prediction of Near-Field Hypersonic Aerodynamics.” The award is extremely selective and is given to exceptional researchers who are part of the DARPA program. Typically, one to two fellows are awarded per year.

The fellowship is awarded to recognize successful high-risk research to predict high-speed aerodynamics without the use of computational fluid dynamics or experiments. The outcome of the fellowship and research allows for ultra-fast predictions of aerodynamics around high-speed flight-vehicles and physical understanding of sonic boom prediction from hypersonic waveriders. The approach overcomes limitations of previously developed fundamental theories created at CalTech Mathematics by Dr. Gerald Whitham and Chinese hypersonics pioneer Dr. Tsien Hsue-Shen.

Prediction of mass density field about wedge in hypersonic flow.

Dr. Miller leads the Theoretical Fluid Dynamics and Turbulence Group at the University of Florida. Previously, he was a Research Aerospace Engineer at NASA Langley for seven years. He also received the NASA Early Career Achievement Medal, DARPA Young Faculty Award, NASA Langley Center Director’s Commendation, Doug Ensor Award, AIAA Robert A. Mitcheltree Engineer of the Year, and others.

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August 8th, 2023