Pentagon officials visit new Center for Hypersonics Research and Entry Systems Studies at U of I
Panesi emphasized CHESS as a national resource for hypersonics, touting the large number of faculty at Illinois who are leading experts in this field. In hypersonics research alone, CHESS faculty have been honored collectively with five Young Investigator Program awards from DoD, two Early Career Faculty awards from NASA, and two Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers from NASA/DoD. Elliott also underscored the rapidly growing number of graduate students who are engaged in hypersonics research and are eager to enter the field.Grainger College of Engineering Dean Rashid Bashir also provided support and expressed commitment from the college for this new center. “We were delighted to host Mark Lewis and the delegation from OUSDRE as we stand up CHESS in The Grainger College of Engineering,” stated Bashir. “Our world class faculty are leaders in hypersonics, and are ready to collaborate with the Department of Defense and partners to address the grand challenges in this very important area for our nation.”
Executive Associate Dean and Bliss Professor of Engineering Philippe Geubelle said, "Hypersonics has been identified as a key area of research by The Grainger College of Engineering. We have assembled over the years a very strong research team with expertise in many aspects of experimental and computational hypersonics, ranging from flow physics and propulsion to materials science and embedded sensors. We are committed to make CHESS this country's foremost academic research center in hypersonics."
Panesi said, “CHESS represents a remarkable team of internationally renowned faculty, students, and research staff whose vision is to create revolutionary technologies for thermal protection system characterization, design, and integration that enables hypersonic flight. This makes CHESS uniquely positioned to take research in this field to the next level. We are very excited about the incredible work that is already being done here, and with an infusion of talented young faculty and the new facility underway, this will allow us to do even more.”