- Computational and experimental fluid dynamics
- Turbulence and transition at low Reynolds numbers
- Novel aircraft design
- Electrified aircraft
- Integrated propulsion systems with boundary layer ingestion
I currently direct the Aerodynamic Design and Research Laboratory (ADRL) at USC which I founded when I joined USC in 2016.
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Alejandra Uranga is currently a Gabilan Assistant Professor at the
USC Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering,
which she joined following a Research Engineer position in the
MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics.
She holds a PhD degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from
and a Master of Applied Sciences in Mechanical Engineering from the
University of Victoria, BC, Canada.
She completed her undergraduate education
Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot, Paris, France,
with an associate's degree in Mathematics
and has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the
Florida Institute of Technology.
Her doctoral research was in Computational Fluid Dynamics, specifically the modeling and simulation of turbulence and transition. At MIT she was the project technology lead for the design, development, simulation, and wind tunnel testing of the D8 double-bubble advanced transport aircraft concept under the NASA N+3 program.
Her research interests are in aerodynamics, novel aircraft design, and integrated propulsion systems, for which she favors a combined computational and experimental approach. She is an AIAA Senior Member, holds a Gabilan Assistant Professor Chair since 2017, and was the recipient of the USC Provost's Assistant Professor Fellowship in 2016. In 2009 she was awarded the MIT Institute Graduate Student Council Teaching Award for the School of Engineering.
Alejandra Uranga is currently a Gabilan Assistant Professor
at the USC Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.
Before joining USC in January 2016, she was a Postdoctoral Associate (1.5 years)
and then a Research Engineer (4 years) in the
Aeronautics and Astronautics Department,
Gas Turbine Laboratory,
working with Edward Greitzer.
There she led the efforts to develop the D8 double-bubble aircraft concept under the NASA N+3 Program,
in the Project entitle "Aircraft and Technology concepts for an N+3 subsonic transport,"
first as the Technology Lead of the Phase II (2010-2015) led by MIT
and in collaboration between MIT, Aurora Flight Sciences, Pratt & Whitney,
and NASA, and later as the Principal Investigator of Phase III (2015-2017) for which
the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) and University of Michigan also joined the team.
The D8 is an innovative aircraft configuration targeting a service entry in the 2025-2035 timeframe
and which has the potential to provide significant reductions in fuel burn, emissions, and noise.
[Read more in the Research page]
Alejandra Uranga completed her Ph.D. at MIT in 2010 in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Aerospace Computational Design Laboratory (ACDL), with a thesis on the use of high-order numerical methods for the simulation of transition in low Reynolds number flows. This was part of a AFOSR MURI project on biologically inspired flapping flight. Her thesis work work was co-supervised by MIT Professors Jaime Peraire and Mark Drela. Her research group developed high-order accurate solvers based on the Discontinuous Galerkin Finite Element method for computational fluid and solid mechanics. [Read more in the Research page]
She obtained a Master of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria, BC, Canada, which was completed in August 2006. Her Master's thesis work focused on the comparison of turbulence models applied to the flow around stationary and oscillating cylinders using a compressible Finite Volume method, and was co-supervised by Ned Djilali and Afzal Suleman.
Her undergraduate education was completed in France and in Florida, USA, with a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering obtained in May 2004 in a joint program between the Florida Institute of Technology, Florida, USA, and the SKEMA Bachelors (fromerly Euro American Institute) in Sophia Antipolis, France. She also holds a two-year college degree in Mathematics (DEUG MIAS, 2000) from the Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot, Paris, France.
She is an AIAA Senior Member, holds a Gabilan Assistant Professor Chair since 2017, and was the recipient of the USC Provost's Assistant Professor Fellowship in 2016, In 2009 she was awarded the MIT Institute Graduate Student Council Teaching Award for the School of Engineering. She was awarded a Special Research Fellowship from the University of Victoria in 2005-2006, and received a Florida Institute of Technology Transfer Scholarship in 2002-2004. In 2002, she was honored "Best Student" in the School of Engineering and recognized as Distinguished Student Scholar at the Euro American Institute of Technology.