Research Areas

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion and Propulsion

Measuring, modeling, and simulating fluid mechanics is crucial to many aerospace, biomedical, and scientific applications. We take a multiphysics approach to understand the behavior of fluids in the context of electromagnetics and combustion using theoretical, computational, and experimental approaches.

Multi-physics, multi-regime numerical simulation of ion transport in a carrier gas through the pressure interface of a mass spectrometer. (Gimelshein, Moskovets, Oktem, Webb, Lilly, 2014)

First-Principle Transport Modeling of Protonated Peptides and Water Clusters in Ion Funnels and Nozzle-Skimmer Interfaces (Gimelshein, Moskovets, Webb, Lilly, 2014)

Faculty: Calvisi, Wan

Mechanics of Solids, Materials and Structures

Materials are used to perform under a wide range of applications ranging from transportation, to electronic, to biomedical. In order to guarantee reliability, it is important to understand their behavior at all scales. Towards that end, we develop models, run simulations, and conduct experiments to provide reliable data and innovate new materials.

Continuum polycrystal simulation of elasticity-driven grain boundary evolution

High performance computing test: Stress field and profile of a crack tip in a Neo-Hookean elastic body under tension.

Theoretical prediction of experimentally observed grain boundary morphology (Runnels et al, 2015)

Faculty: Runnels, Wang, McCollum, Bredbenner

Thermodyanmics and Heat Transfer

Understanding the fundamentals of thermodynamics and heat transfer is a critical prerequisite to working in many important industrial applications as well as to tackling important societal challenges. Manufacturing, food processing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, renewable energy, electronics cooling, and power generation are just a few of many broad areas of application. We combine experimental, numerical, and analytical approaches to our research in heat transfer and applied thermodynamics.

Faculty: Stevens, McCollum

Controls and Dynamical Systems

Theoretical modeling and analysis allows us to understand the behavior of complex problems, particularly those that are difficult to work with experimentally such as in aerospace and biological systems. Our focus in autonomous and biomedical systems serves a wide range of military and civil applications.

Faculty: Gorder, Lauderbaugh, Schmidt, Tragesser


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Osborne Center for Science and Engineering
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918


Administrator: Stephanie Vigil
Office: OSCE A-437
Phone: 719-255-3243


College of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
University of Colorado System