The MAE Energy and Propulsion Research Laboratory is centered in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
at UCLA. The Laboratory is headed by Professors Ann
Karagozian and Owen
Smith. The group's approach to research and education involves
the application of modern diagnostic methods and computational tools
to the development of improved combustion, propulsion, and fluid flow systems. Thus our interests
include aspects of fluid mechanics and chemistry, optics and numerical methods,
as well as more traditional aspects of engineering such as thermodynamics, and heat transfer. Our research is directed
towards development of fundamental engineering knowledge and tools
for solving critical national problems, and in some cases
towards development of proof of concept devices based on this knowledge.
MAE graduate students with interests in the fluid mechanics of combustion systems normally major in either mechanical
or aerospace engineering. PhD candidates often have a Ph.D. major
field in fluid mechanics and usually take an ad-hoc minor in combustion.
The minor involves three graduate courses chosen from those relevant
to the field in MAE. Graduate course
offerings include courses in reactive flows, reaction kinetics, ionized gas flows, and hypersonics. Several scholarships
and fellowships are available for graduate students through the
Department and through local industry, and these normally lead to
subsequent work as research assistants for those who wish to specialize
in reactive flows.