Aerospace engineering strives to push limits to go further with efficiency. We are advancing efficient launch mechanisms and fuel and propulsion options to get us into deep space. Out of this pursuit for deep space propulsion comes our pursuit for fusion energy solutions here on Earth. We produce aerodynamic surfaces and structures that reduce drag and save energy on not only air, space and underwater vehicles, but also large systems producing energy such as wind and marine turbines. We also develop lighter, stronger composite materials that require less energy to produce, transport and operate.
We are also working actively to benchmark and improve environmental conditions by developing satellites and drone systems to monitor several environmental markers and ecosystems. We are also agile in our applications. One example is we are developing methodologies to improve the study of corals and building structures to support them as they recover.
- Combustion and Gas Dynamics
- Computational Fluid Mechanics
- Computational Plasma Dynamics Lab
- Detonation Engines
- LEMS Lab
- Multiscale Analysis of Materials & Structures (MAMS)
- Low Speed Fluid Dynamics and Aerodynamics
- Nonlinear Dynamics & Control Lab
- Quantitative Flow Visualization for Fluid and Turbulent Flow Studies
- RAIN Lab
- Space Propulsion and Advanced Concepts Engineering Lab (SPACE Lab)
- Steady Inductive Helicity Injected Torus (HIT-SI)
- Williams Turbulence Laboratory
- Flow Z-Pinch Lab
Student club highlight
As the University of Washington’s student-run rocketry organization, we design, construct, test, and launch a hybrid engine rocket from the ground up every year. We participate in the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association’s (ERSA) Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) to show what our rocket can do alongside 95 other teams from around the world. In 2018, we placed first in the highest altitude category at 30,000 feet with a student-researched and designed propulsion system.
A&A researchers in the Computational Fluid Mechanics Lab prove the existence of a new law of physics.
A summer program in oceanography paved the way for Isaiah Cuadras to apply his interest in fluid dynamics to ocean ecosystems.
A&A's Owen Williams advises how to map the hydrodynamics of marine cross-flow turbines to advance cost-effective industry standards.
A&A's FuZE Lab has developed a smaller, cheaper method for thermonuclear fusion using a Z-pinch to compress flowing plasma.
Two recent funding announcements from the U.S. Department of Energy are good news for UW’s marine renewable energy research.
The funding moves us closer to initial commercialization for cost-competitive fusion energy.
Associate professor Jinkyu Yang and a team of researchers have received a two-year, $1.7 million National Science Foundation grant to study coral growth.
Professor Uri Shumlak has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society for pioneering investigations of sheared flow stabilization in the Z-pinch.